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Business Brief: Monroe Clinic adds residents, fellows
MONROE - Two new residents and two new fellows have joined Monroe Clinic's medical team.

Launched in 2015, Monroe Clinic's family medicine residency program has added Brittany Blomberg and Mark Patterson, both doctors of osteopathic medicine. Both have roots in northern Illinois and rotated with Monroe Clinic as medical students. Patterson grew up in Dixon, Illinois. Before earning his medical degree, he worked as an intensive care unit nurse. Blomberg is a Freeport native and a Highland Community College alumnus.

Lori Rodefeld, medical education and residency coordinator for Monroe Clinic, credits their positive experience as medical students at Monroe Clinic as the reason they chose to return as resident physicians. A resident physician is a physician in training who has graduated from an allopathic or osteopathic medical school. Residents spend three years of post-graduate training to learn family-centered care in a rural setting. Resident physicians are supervised by board-certified physicians at Monroe Clinic.

Two new fellows joined the organization as well. Michael Yeh, M.D., comes to Monroe Clinic as an emergency medicine fellow, and Ather Ali, M.D., as a hospitalist fellow. To train for a specialty, doctors enter a fellowship for one to three years after their residency and are known as "fellows."