Welcome to the new residents in the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. 

Our program is one of the oldest in the country, having started in 1971. More than 300 residents have graduated from the program, and more than 160 of those graduates continue to practice medicine in Indiana. Many local physicians are graduates of the program at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

“We are excited to have nine new residents joining us from medical schools from coast to coast where they were well prepared to join the Memorial Family Medicine Residency,” says Dale Patterson, MD, director of the Family Residency program. “More importantly, they have all demonstrated the Beacon Values in their preparation for residency.  I am excited to see what they accomplish in the next three years.”

Here are the nine new residents:

Jonathan Aubry, MD
Hometown: Sandwich, IL
Undergrad: Benedictine University
Medical School: University of Illinois – Rockford
Medical Interests: Sports medicine, rural medicine, obstetrics, advanced procedures
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Traveling and exploring new places, outdoor activities and trying new restaurants and craft breweries, household projects, fixing things with my hands, and following my favorite sports teams.


Kimberly Azelton, MD
Hometown: Ithaca, Michigan
Undergrad: Weimar College
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Medical Interests: Global health, cognitive behavioral therapy, point-of-care ultrasound, lifestyle medicine
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Exploring the outdoors, especially hiking and canoeing and experimenting with plant-based cooking and baking.



Katharine Callaghan, MD
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Vanderbilt University
Medical Interests: Underserved
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Spending time with friends while enjoying good food, good music, or the beauty of creation (some of my favorite spots in/near South Bend are St. Patrick’s Park, Notre Dame’s lakes, and St. Joseph, MI).



Mitchell Daugherty, MD
Hometown: Roanoke, Illinois
Undergrad: Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL, and University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine – Rockford
Medical Interests: Rural family medicine and sports medicine
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Hunting, fishing, sporting clays, archery, working on my own home and mechanics projects, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.


Timothy Day, MD
Hometown: Culver, Indiana
Undergrad: Indiana University
Medical School: University of South Carolina- School Of Medicine
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine with obstetrics rural medicine
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Fishing, hiking, and anything outdoors.



Johnny Gerardot, MD
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Undergrad: Purdue University
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical Interests: Preventative medicine, procedures, and obstetrics
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Exercising, outdoor activities, reading, playing guitar and watching IU basketball.



Megan Ishikawa, MD
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Undergrad: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical Interests: Global and public health
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Traveling, learning languages, watching sports, running, taking pictures, drinking coffee and spending time with family and friends.



Brent Pickett, DO
Hometown: Providence, Utah
Undergrad: Utah State University
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Medical Interests: Sports medicine, lifestyle medicine, ultrasound
Hobbies/Personal Interests: Basketball, weightlifting, spending time with wife and two children. 


Frederick Ruckersfeldt, MD
Hometown:  Worth, Illinois
Undergrad:  The Master’s University
Medical School:  University of Iowa
Medical Interests:  Full-spectrum rural practice, possibly overseas
Hobbies/Personal Interests:  Birding, traveling, photography, being involved with my church and spending time with my wife.

And let’s also welcome our two new residents to the Pharmacy Residency program.

Joshua Hendrickson
Hometown: Hancock, Michigan
Pharmacy School: Ferris State University
Interests: Infectious disease
Hobbies/Personal Interests: watching/playing hockey, playing disc golf, and going on hikes.



Jessica Papke
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Pharmacy School: University of Wyoming
Interests: Pediatrics
Hobbies/Personal Interests: hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, watching sports, and reading.