New Family Medicine Providers Join Residency Program
The community is benefiting from additional primary care providers with five new family medicine physicians who recently joined the Family Medicine Residency Program of MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot. Residents who joined the program include (pictured from left to right): Daniel Kim, M.D., Yaser Fadel, M.D., Chylah Halikman, M.D., Daniel Gross, M.D., and Jonathan Erius, M.D., also entered the program as a second year resident.
The community is benefiting from additional primary care providers with five new family medicine physicians who recently joined the Family Medicine Residency Program of MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot. First year residents who joined the program include Jonathan Erius, M.D., Daniel Kim, M.D., Chylah Halikman, M.D., and Daniel Gross, M.D. Yaser Fadel, M.D., also entered the program as a second year resident.“It’s a privilege to welcome these new residents to our program. It is always an honor to help guide our learners through their journey of medicine,” said Arturas Klugas, M.D., family medicine physician and director of the residency program. “Our area of medicine is quite special as family practice is much broader than just primary care for the patient. It’s about creating and building relationships, and caring for entire families across many generations. It’s a gift not all specialties have the opportunity to experience.”
The residency program, a joint effort between Michigan State University and MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot, was created in 2016 in response to a growing need for primary care physicians in rural Michigan. Its stated mission is “to train high quality compassionate family medicine physicians devoted to serving rural communities, while addressing the health care needs of our diverse population.” The program is filling that role by bringing a dozen additional physicians into the community to care for patients at the Family Practice Center in Alma during their training, while also creating a pipeline of doctors for the long term benefit of the community. The program graduated its first inaugural class in July 2019. Of the 11 of graduates thus far, nine have remained in state.
“Our residency program is truly having a positive impact on our loved ones, our neighbors, our friends, and their overall health,” said Dr. Klugas. “With continued population growth, coupled with aging residents, the demand for care continues to increase. Our program provides high-quality education in a real world setting while providing training opportunities in rural areas. This combination, in addition to the warm welcome our residents have received, is all the more reason they are choosing to stay in the area and work to support the health of our community.”
Those who would like more information about the Family Practice Center in Alma may call (989) 629-8140 or visit www.midmichigan.org/fpca. Those who would like more information about the Family Medicine Residency – Gratiot program may visit www.midmichigan.org/residency/gratiot.