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Leadership changes for Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program

After 26 years as a teacher and steward of the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program, Thomas W. Day, M.D., has stepped down as program director and is now practicing family medicine with the SuperiorHealth Medical Group in Duluth.

Day, who graduated with the Medical School Class of 1974, began his association with the program in 1976 as a second-year resident and was the program’s first chief resident. He joined the program’s faculty in 1983 as associate director and in 1987 was named the fourth program director, a position he held until leaving the program earlier this year.

Under Day’s direction, the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program gained national recognition for graduating residents with the skills, perspective, and confidence to practice in smaller communities.

As one of the largest family medicine residencies in Greater Minnesota, the Duluth program has graduated 291 family medicine physicians, with 175 practicing in Minnesota—many in rural communities from Warroad to Luverne.

For accreditation purposes, the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program reports to the University of Minnesota Medical School. Roger Waage, M.D., Medical School Class of 1976, now leads the program.