TREVOR IRVINE, DO
CLASS OF 2022
As I have now gone out into practice on my own, I am increasingly more grateful for the training I’ve received through the Casper Family Medicine Program. The program really focuses on and provides opportunities for broad learning. The attendings are very supportive and have even been willing to answer questions since I’ve graduated. I have felt very prepared to be out on my own practicing and I am thankful to the program for providing the education and support to feel confident in my practice.
HANNAH DUPEA, MD
CLASS OF 2022
My experience as a resident physician with the Casper University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Program was excellent: solid training that prepared me well for my daily work in rural healthcare (clinic, hospital, pediatrics), supportive relationships and teamwork, collaborative and safe work environment. The family medicine attendings were knowledgeable, up to date with medical advances, and fostered a culture of exploration and personal growth into the physicians that our unique future communities would need. Stellar community attendings too! In addition, we had plenty of fun times together as a residency “family” – crucial to thriving in the busy days of residency and still supporting me in post-residency practice. I would definitely choose Casper again for my training.
RENAE HEPFNER, DO
CLASS OF 2022
I am so thankful for my training experience in Casper. After graduation I felt confident with my skills and was prepared to handle both clinic and hospital patients in a rural medical setting. The attendings still teach me today, when I have a tough case I think to myself: What would Dr. V or Dr. Works do? If given the choice to go to Casper again for residency I would 100% say yes.
NICHOLAS LOUGHLIN, DO
CLASS OF 2020
I am currently medical director in a small rural community hospital in Iowa. We are a critical access hospital with a rural health clinic attached. In my clinic I see all different ages of patients and do not deny care to anyone. We do full spectrum rural medicine including outpatient clinic, seeing patients in the inpatient setting, emergency medicine, OB deliveries with C-sections, POCUS, MAT clinic. I also do a Musculoskeletal clinic including OMM and trigger points for non-operative pain interventions. We are also looking to start PRP and stem cells for regenerative medicine but have yet to get that off the ground.
My partners and I are the dying breed of the last true “old-school” physician.
I really do feel that my training in Casper was the key to my success in the real world. In the residency I got training in a multitude of different specialties. Learning from attendings with unique backgrounds, experiences, and lifestyles helped understand different perspectives on care and how to help people in different settings.
The most important ability portrayed by the residency is the ability to evaluate patients in high-risk scenarios and reacting proactively. In rural medicine we don’t always have the resources other hospitals have, so getting high quality care, with limited resources, can be a challenge. Sometimes there are scenarios where there are no guidelines and you have to think outside the box, this skill was one I felt the residency did a good job trying to prepare us for these situations with simulation codes, didactics and live walk throughs of patient care.
TAYLOR PEDERSEN, DO
CLASS OF 2020
My name is Taylor Pederson, I am a family practice/obstetrician practicing in rural Missouri. I received incredible training in Casper at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency. The faculty and staff truthfully care about your education and will go the extra mile to make sure that you have the education that you need and want.
My training was definitely tailored to what I was going to be doing and practicing when I was out of residency. It is a very well-established, well-respected program, but also is open to growth and new things. I was a part of the obstetric track and was able to receive enough education to not have to do a fellowship and still be credentialed to do surgical OB in all jobs that I had looked at.
Extra experiences in obstetric care were frequent and the faculty helped me pursue those experiences to my full ability. Even though the obstetrical education was well-established and residents were receiving amazing education, there was an opportunity to further that training with new experiences that the faculty were very open to me pursuing. I was able to build an unbelievable relationship with the local obstetricians, to help receive additional education working with them and seeing their patients.
The faculty really supported me in taking this extra step and helped me navigate the way for this new educational experience. The amount of inpatient medicine and training that you receive is truly remarkable. It helps you feel comfortable in being able to manage complex medical conditions and compound comorbidities in a very effective way with an emphasis to a rural setting. They prepare you very well for rural medicine and to be able to manage patients and diseases just as effectively as urban areas. I am absolutely the physician that I am today because of this residency and the training that I received while I was there.