WINNEMUCCA – The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Humboldt General Hospital Rural Family Medicine Residency Program recently graduated its fifth class of fully trained family medicine physicians.
The June 24 graduation marked the culmination of a three-year training program for Dr. Trenton Argyle and Dr. Samuel Gong and a successful endeavor by HGH to improve access to primary care in the region.
As part of the program, the two doctors completed rotations in emergency medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiology, surgery, orthopedics, geriatrics, and community medicine.
Additionally, they saw their own patients in Humboldt General Hospitals Family Medicine Residency Clinic, offering a full spectrum of family care, from prenatal to end of life.
Dr. Gong will now pursue a position as a primary care physician at Dignity Health in Santa Maria, California, while Dr. Argyle has accepted a position at Humboldt General Hospital as a primary care physician in the Rural Health Clinic beginning Aug. 1.
Residency is a stage of graduate medical training where new physicians practice medicine under the direct and indirect supervision of an attending physician; successful completion of a residency program is a requirement for obtaining a medical license.
During the June 24 graduation ceremony, Dr. Aron Rogers, DO, Rural Residency Program Director of Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, celebrated the accomplishments of the two new graduates - and now will “send them off into the world.”
The rural residency program was founded with multiple federally funded grants.
The physicians spend Year 1 with the Department of Family Medicine in Las Vegas and then Years 2 and 3 in Winnemucca under the supervision of attending physician Dr. Lacy Fettic at the HGH Family Medicine Residency Clinic.
“I am so proud of the fine physicians Dr. Gong and Dr. Argyle have worked to become. I am confident they will perform as phenomenal family physicians, community leaders, and educators striving to improve the health and well-being of the communities they serve. I wish them all the best as they move on to the next phase of their careers,” Dr. Fettic told the graduates as she sent them off.
Dr. Mich Gehrig and Dr. Matthew Evans are now the program’s chief residents; Dr. Andrew Gerenraich and Dr. Michael Rees recently arrived in Winnemucca as the program’s new second year residents.
Humboldt General Hospitals Rural Health Clinic is accepting new patients.
To make an appointment, call 775-623-5222