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AAFP 2014 Outstanding Program Award

SMGJ Resident AwardThe AAFP 2014 Outstanding Program Award was given to our graduate, Luke Casias, MD of Durango, Colo. Luke put together the “Fit Family Challenge” on the back of a napkin! This is a program that gives primary care providers tools to identify and treat pediatric obesity. Everyone should review how easy it is to coach parents and children using the 5-2-1-0 plan. We have six years of data that show it works. Congratulations Luke!…/…/1925134/0/article.html

Presidential Year for St. Mary's

This is a PRESIDENTIAL year for St Mary's Family Medicine Residency. Bob Wergin, MD is the new national president of AAFP! Dr. Wergin was a resident in Grand Junction, practiced here nine years and was part-time faculty. He delivered two of Dr. Straw's children and will be happy to recommend us if you ask him.

Resident of the Year

Congratulations to Gina Martin, MD who was selected as CAFP's F. William Barrows Resident of the Year in 2014. This prestigious award is given yearly to an outstanding resident. For the formal press release please visit or

2015 STFM Annual Conference 

St Mary’s was well represented at the National mtg in Orlando.  Our group included 4 faculty, 1 resident & 2 graduates of our Medical Family Therapy Fellowship.  Presentation topics included: Training Rural Physicians, Assessing Resident Readiness for 1st & 2nd Year, The Role of Behavioral Science Faculty on Inpatient Teaching Service, & Antecedents of High Healthcare Utilization.  

2015 St Mary’s Hospital Symposium  

Betsy Longenecker, MD residency faculty, chaired the conference committee for this year’s symposium on “Managing Pain in Practice”.  The faculty were a mixture of national & local experts, including 3 residency faculty, a recent graduate, and our medical family therapy fellow.  

2015 Mesa County Walking and Biking Summit

 Residency faculty: Mike Reeder DO, Keith Dickerson MD & Randall Reitz PhD, presented “Exercise is Medicine” at this community event that promotes access to the many trails in our county.