Where Are They Now

The UW School of Medicine, in partnership with Gonzaga University, is educating a new generation of healthcare professionals to address the physician shortage and help the region thrive. Since 2016, 339 medical students have completed their first- and second-year medical education on the Gonzaga University campus. Where are they now?

Here are updates from some of our graduates:

Jenna Williamson, MD, 2020 graduate
Jenna Williamson, MD

Jenna Williamson, MD, 2020 graduate, stayed in Spokane for the Internal Medicine Residency training program, where she is in her second year. Dr. Williamson plans to become a hospitalist in Washington state.


Mara Hazeltine, MD, 2019 graduate
Mara Hazeltine, MD

Mara Hazeltine, MD, 2019 graduate, is currently a third-year resident at Family Medicine Residency Spokane, where she has been chief resident for two years. With a focus on lifestyle medicine and health equity, Dr. Hazeltine will begin working at Community Health Association of Spokane next year, a community-based federally qualified health center.

Joseph Nelson, MD, 2019 graduate
Joseph Nelson, MD

Joseph Nelson, MD, 2019 graduate (Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation), is currently a third-year family medicine resident at the UW Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Nelson accepted an offer to be the next chief resident, a junior faculty position with the UW Family Medicine Residency this coming year.

Melissa Rangel, MD, 2019 graduate
Melissa Rangel, MD

Melissa Rangel, MD, 2019 graduate. Currently a third-year resident in General Surgery at Rush University-Cook County in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Rangel looks forward to moving her growing family back to the Pacific Northwest, where she hopes to practice after residency.

Kaitlund (Tangvald) Johnson, MD, 2019 graduate
Kaitlund (Tangvald) Johnson, MD

Kaitlund (Tangvald) Johnson, MD, 2019 graduate, is finishing her third year of residency at Internal Medicine Residency Spokane. This fall, she will join the Faculty Hospitalist Group at Providence.

Ian May, MD, 2013 graduate
Ian May, MD

Ian May, MD, 2013 graduate, attended Gonzaga University for his undergraduate degree. Dr. May did his internal medicine residency in Spokane and has been a faculty member at the Internal Medicine Residency Spokane since 2016. Dr. May now serves in a leadership role as an associate program director.

Amy Eddy, MD, 2010 graduate
Amy Eddy, MD

Amy Eddy, MD, 2010 graduate. Dr. Eddy pursued her residency in Spokane, and today she is the director of the Internal Medicine Residency Spokane, the same program in which she trained.

Elizabeth Stuhlmiller, MD, 2008 graduate
Elizabeth Stuhlmiller, MD

Elizabeth Stuhlmiller, MD, 2008 graduate. After completing her residency at Family Medicine Residency Spokane, Dr. Stuhlmiller moved to Tonasket, Washington, to serve as a family practice physician in rural medicine, where she also mentored UW School of Medicine students. She currently works as core faculty at Family Medicine Residency Spokane, training the next
generation of family doctors.

Michael Kerkering, MD, 1994 graduate
Michael Kerkering, MD

Michael Kerkering, MD, 1994 graduate, is a faculty member for the Internal Medicine Residency Spokane. He practiced primary care in Spokane for 25 years before joining the faculty at the residency in which he trained.

There's more to explore in the Spring 2022 edition of Partners in Medical Education: A Report to the Community.