First class

The first class of residents began work June 30 in the new Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire. Pictured left to right: Trevor Rich, M.D.; Jayme Beedle, D.O.; Jared James, M.D., Ginelle Zimmerman, M.D.; and Ben Ayotte, M.D.

Five residents are the first to begin work in the new Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire. The residents were selected out of 999 applicants from medical schools across the country.

The new program will accommodate as many as 15 residents, five per year over the three-year residency.

“These residents will practice at the forefront of primary care and innovation,” says Terri Nordin, M.D., residency program director. “They will work alongside our faculty physicians to provide patient care in an integrated organization that lives up to our primary value: The needs of the patient come first.”

Ben Ayotte, M.D., of Escanaba, Mich., completed medical school at Central Michigan University College of Medicine in Mount Pleasant. “I quickly fell in love with the laid-back, family oriented and Midwest lifestyle of Eau Claire, as it reminded me of home,” says Dr. Ayotte.

Jayme Beedle, D.O., of Oakland, Iowa, completed medical school at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. Says Dr. Beedle. “The hospital and clinic are beautiful, and Eau Claire is a fun, vibrant and quickly growing community.”

Jared James, M.D., of Cape Girardeau, Mo., completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. “The faculty and staff are plainly passionate about making this program succeed,” says Dr. James.

Trevor Rich, M.D., of Brookfield, completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. “The Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire was the program that I felt genuinely placed the patient as the foremost priority and service mission,” says Dr. Rich.

Ginelle Zimmerman, M.D., of Paynesville, Minn., completed medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. “My passion is to provide full-spectrum care in a rural setting,” says Dr. Zimmerman. “I chose Eau Claire for the size of the community, the ability to be a part of this new residency program, the enthusiasm of the faculty I met while interviewing.”

The program is funded in part by a $750,000 grant awarded in 2014 by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to help train new family medicine doctors, especially in rural areas.

“Wisconsin faces a looming physician shortage,” says Richard Helmers, M.D., regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System for northwest Wisconsin. “Physicians are more likely to stay and practice in the region where they completed their residency. This program will help prepare the next generation of physicians to provide patient-centered care for the residents of northwest Wisconsin.”

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Dunn County News Editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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