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First Year: Class of 2024

Welcome to 1st-year residents page. Click our names below to learn more about us:

Kyle Bakken, MD

Medical school:  Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical interests: Full-spectrum and rural family medicine with obstetrics, wilderness medicine, and hospice and palliative care.

Personal interests/hobbies: The outdoors. Fishing, boating, kayaking/canoeing, scuba diving, camping, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, curling, photography. I also enjoy reading historical non-fiction books and classic novels.

Why Duluth: I was drawn to the Duluth program for its strong training in traditional full-spectrum family medicine with a well-known emphasis on obstetrics and women’s health. I am also happy to be part of a residency with such an active role in community mental health and psychiatric care. During my interview, the authenticity and thoughtfulness of the residents, faculty, and staff made it easy to imagine Duluth as a future training location. The city has easy access to outdoor destinations and is on the doorstep of an abundance of incredibly beautiful natural areas in the Upper Midwest. Overall, I chose Duluth because I felt I would be fully prepared for the wide scope of a physician practicing in any rural or resource-limited environment.

Ethan Burlingame, DO

Medical school: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical interests: Rural family medicine and sports medicine.

Personal interests: Outdoor activities such as running, fishing, hunting, ice hockey, softball, golf, disc golf, forestry, table tennis, kayaking, gardening, and snowmobiling. I also enjoy playing fantasy football with friends, watching movies, and rooting for the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Wild.

Why Duluth: Duluth has an excellent reputation for training family medicine physicians who want to work in rural areas. As a physician, I hope to treat a wide variety of patients and do as many hands-on procedures as possible. I know Duluth’s curriculum will prepare me with the skillset needed to provide excellent care for my patients. Being from Minnesota, I could not think of a more beautiful place to live than Duluth. My significant other and I both love outdoor activities, and Duluth offers a limitless amount of opportunities.

Bisola Omoba, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin

I am interested in community medicine, underserved medicine, broad-spectrum rural family medicine, and procedures.

I love painting canvas with acrylics and cooking. I love to eat! During the pandemic, I enjoyed remixing EDM music on GarageBand.

I could not have chosen a better or stronger program to train at. Duluth is known for its strong reputation for exceptional training in family medicine. Whether you are interested in academia, private practice, or rural medicine, this program will prepare you for anything your future holds. What really set this program apart was the faculty. You can tell that the love that the program director and the associate program director put into this program is genuine, and the faculty will do everything in their power to get you the training you deserve.

Satya Rijal, MBBS

Southeast University Medical College

Medical interests: I have many medical interests, which is why family medicine is a benefit for me. I enjoy all aspects of family medicine and am particularly interested in preventative medicine, patient education, women’s health, pediatrics, office-based procedural care, sports medicine, and hospital medicine.

Personal interests: In my spare time, I enjoy singing, dancing, reading, and playing badminton and chess. I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places, hiking, camping, listening to music, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Why Duluth: I chose Duluth for my residency because it offers the opportunity to be trained in full-spectrum family medicine with plenty of exposure to obstetrics. I always wanted a residency program that would equip me to train and practice in a rural setting. The Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program fits that perfectly. More importantly, the program is unopposed and filled with truly wonderful people who are welcoming, knowledgeable, and excited to teach. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this amazing team. I am so excited to be joining the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program. I can’t wait to spend the next few years of my life in Duluth.  

Payton Schultz, MD

  University of Minnesota Medical School

I am interested in practicing full-spectrum rural family medicine with particular interests in obstetrics and sports medicine.

I enjoy doing anything outdoors, including running, hiking, biking, kayaking, and cross country skiing. I’m also always up for a good Hallmark movie!

I hope to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural community, and I know that Duluth’s rigorous curriculum and strong OB training will equip me well to do just that. As a medical student in Duluth, I was always impressed by the residency’s rich involvement in the community, and I am excited to be able to give back. In addition, the views of Lake Superior while driving to work can’t be beaten, and the many outdoor opportunities throughout the city are unmatched!

Jamie Simmons, MD

 University of Minnesota Medical School

Family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, and mental health.

Hockey, baseball, snowboarding, and motorcycles.

Excellent training, beautiful area, and great people.

Marissa Wheeler, MD

University of Minnesota Medical School

Full-spectrum rural family medicine, women’s health, preventative care, procedures, and addiction medicine.

Spending time with friends and family, watching my dog, camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and traveling to new places.

I am looking to practice as a rural physical after residency, and Duluth’s strong reputation for providing outstanding broad-spectrum family medicine training made it seem like the perfect fit to match my needs. I completed a sub-internship with the program during my fourth year of medical school and during that time all of the staff, faculty, and residents were so kind and welcoming. In addition, Duluth is a fantastic place to live, and I am looking forward to participating in many of the outdoor activities that the area has to offer.

Bailey Wolding, DO

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am interested in full-spectrum family practice with an emphasis on rural and addiction medicine.

Personal interests:  I love to mountain bike, canoe, hike, and do anything outside with my dog Lana! I also like to read and bake sourdough bread with my fiancé.

I chose Duluth as it offers well-rounded, full-spectrum training in a place that I love. I also appreciated the welcoming and supportive attitude of the staff and other residents.