Trios welcomes nine resident physicians

Trios welcomes nine resident physicians

Trios Health has welcomed nine new medical residents–four in family medicine and five in internal medicine–to its programs beginning in June 2017. The organization launched the Tri-Cities area’s first medical residency programs in 2013, graduating its first class of residents last year upon completion of their three-year programs.

The four new family medicine residents are: Dr. Megan Bensing, Dr. Jennifer Muong, Dr. Maria Niemuth, and Dr. Kayla Winkle. The five new internal medicine residents are: Dr. Kalyn English, Dr. Christopher O’Keeffe, Dr. Helena Pang, Dr. Jonathan Quinonez, and Dr. Kim Vanatta.

The three-year post-graduate residency programs in family and internal medicine are approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools and primary certifying body for osteopathic physicians. Medical residency programs currently accredited by the AOA will soon transition to the Unified Accreditation System under the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Efforts to ensure a smooth transition for Trios Health’s programs to ACGME accreditation are underway.

Designed to provide recent medical school graduates with hands-on inpatient and outpatient experience as well as relevant continuing instruction, the programs include hospital and clinic rotations in addition to one-on-one training by local preceptors with Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Doctor of Medicine degrees.

Family medicine residents take patient appointments in the Trios Residency Clinic – Family Medicine, located at 216 W. 10th Ave., Suite 204 in Kennewick. Internal medicine residents see patients in the Trios Residency Clinic – Internal Medicine, adjacent from the family medicine clinic in Suite 202.

The residency programs are overseen by Dr. Heather Phipps, director of Medical Education for Trios Health. The family medicine residency program is directed by board certified Trios provider Sheila Dunlop, D.O. The internal medicine residency program is directed by board certified nephrologist Vamsi Kanneganti, M.D.