NCFM Testimonials

Alison Kimball, MD

Attending Physician, Sunrise Community Health--Monfort Family Clinic

NCFM Sunrise Program Class of 2016

“As I was considering different residency programs, Greeley stood out to me because of its can-do attitude to approach the many facets of primary care with confidence. I ranked NCFM (Sunrise Track) first because it would allow me to learn surgical obstetrics in addition to solid inpatient and outpatient medicine that I could use in any number of underserved settings. Through residency, the faculty guided me from the strong foundations they had forged in rural medicine. I felt supported by the community created by the Advanced Maternity Care Track and the Global Health Path and energized to be learning alongside others who were excited about the same topics. Sunrise’s undying commitment to underserved patients embodied the kind of service I wanted to provide as a physician. I have cherished the diversity of our clinic – the joy of speaking Spanish with many of my patients and the smile that comes across my face when I see people from all corners of the world who are our patients. I chose to stay at Sunrise after graduation to continue practicing in this setting, using my skills in obstetric ultrasound, surgical obstetrics and solid outpatient medicine, all while getting to teach residents in a place that feels like home.”

Kristine Anderson, MD

Faculty Physician, Baraboo Rural Training Track Family Medicine Residency, Baraboo WI

NCFM Core Program Class of 2018

“When looking for a residency program, I was searching for a place that offered true full-scope training, with a heavy emphasis on OB. As a former RPAP graduate (’13-’14 Bigfork, MN), I was also searching for a program that would feel like a natural extension to my RPAP training. I wanted a program that valued rural full-scope training; a program that was truly hands-on and flexible; a community-based program that valued evidence-based medicine; and a program that had the perfect balance of both pushing and supporting me throughout residency. I could not be happier with matching at North Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley, CO. After residency, I will be working as a full-scope family physician (inpatient, OB, pediatrics, and clinic) at a rural training track in a smaller town in Wisconsin. Throughout my at North Colorado Family Medicine I have felt supported, challenged and encouraged to pursue the good old-fashioned, full-scope family medicine that I was first exposed to in RPAP.”

Courtney Hathaway, MD

Full-Spectrum Family Physician, Gardner KS

NCFM Core Program Class of 2016

Of the hundreds of Family medicine residencies to choose from, I found only a handful that were truly teaching their residents to be top notch full spectrum doctors, and even fewer that offered C-section and other procedural training. During my search one program rose to the top immediately. North Colorado Family Medicine, nestled in the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Greeley, CO was not only offering the training I wanted, but also had the results to prove it. They had far more graduates doing OB and inpatient medicine and practicing in rural areas than just about any other program I looked at.

My time at NCFM was exactly as I had hoped, full of procedures, circumcisions, IUDs and Nexplanons galore, knee injections, toenail removals and colonoscopies abound. There was never a shortage of complex inpatient cases, managing NICU, burn unit and ICU admits all in one night. Two and three generations of the same family called me doctor in my continuity clinic. And I literally delivered hundreds of babies! It was incredibly rigorous, and for good reason. When comparing with my UW colleagues at other programs it was obvious that I was seeing more patients, getting more autonomy with complex medical decision making, and becoming better prepared for attending life.

When I started to look for my first job out of residency I had my choice of countless amazing opportunities, and eventually landed in Gardner Kansas, a small town outside of Kansas City, doing full spectrum family medicine, OB, inpatient, NICU and outpatient clinic. I share call with 8 other doctors and have heard many times how well prepared I was as a new attending. Being out on your own in practice is incredibly humbling and terrifying, and I could not do this job without the unique training I received at NCFM.

Numbers matter! You won’t know how to handle a 2-minute shoulder dystocia if you’ve never seen one, and it wasn’t until my 50th delivery at NCFM that I had to manage one. Most Family Med residencies are requiring fewer than 50 deliveries, total. In 200+ deliveries I did in residency, I had about 10-15 vacuum extractions, which is just 5%, yet my Very First delivery in practice was an emergent vacuum extraction for category 3 heart tones. Imagine if I had only ever done one in residency? Experience matters! You can’t recognize sick, I mean Really sick, until you’ve managed an ICU full of critically ill patients, and very few residencies offer open ICUs, putting you as the Family medicine resident leading rounds each day. As a WRITE student, I chose NCFM for its reputation of producing well trained, full spectrum family doctors, and its amazing world class faculty, and I could not be more thankful for the training I received.”

Amy Jochims, MD

Full-Spectrum Family Physician, Spencer, IA

NCFM Core Program Class of 2017

I am definitely into the world of rural medicine here in NW Iowa. I had my first call weekend last weekend and was the sole provider admitting any patient to the hospital, which meant an OB, newborns, a postpartum patient with endometritis, a COVID patient, a hip fracture, and someone into the ICU.

I kept thinking, holy cow, I'm so glad I trained at NCFM!

Elisa Troyer, MD

Full-Spectrum Family Physician, Safford, AZ

NCFM Core Program Class of 2020

The implication that Family Medicine is something of a last resort – what people do if they can’t do anything else – is an issue that many medical students face all around the country as they are choosing their futures. It is a detrimental misconception that is incredibly damaging to our health as nation, affecting everyone from rural areas to the inner city. Though this specialty takes many forms, in college and medical school on the East Coast, I barely heard the terms “full-spectrum” or “broad scope of practice” in connection with Family Medicine except as a reference to a back-in-the-day, cowboy type story. While attending the AAFP conference in Kansas City during my fourth year of medical school, however, I discovered to my surprise that family doctors still do work “the old way.” Furthermore, I learned that residency programs still exist to train new people to do the same, and a whole world was opened up to me. At NCFM, I found a group of passionate, skilled, and extraordinarily intelligent faculty and residents that I not only liked, but that I wanted to be like. They were doing the things I dreamed of doing – rounding on adult and pediatric patients in the hospital, practicing solid and up-to-date medicine in clinic with lots of procedures, and dashing over to labor and delivery to catch a baby or even perform a Cesarean section. Over the course of my training, I joined this workforce while being encouraged by supportive peers and mentors to continually push myself to be a better doctor. In a field that is endlessly engaging and ever-changing, I know that I will never get bored or feel like I’m “too smart” to work in Family Medicine. I am proud of the doctor I have become at North Colorado Family Medicine, and I know that the training I received here will serve me well as I continue to provide full-spectrum care in rural southern Arizona.