University of Montana Family Medicine Residency Program to Graduate 10 New Family Physicians
This year’s graduates will enter practice in Browning, Ronan, Kalispell and Missoula, as well as rural communities in Alaska and Idaho.”
Medically underserved areas in Montana, Alaska, Idaho will gain 10 new family medicine physicians when the University of Montana’s Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana graduates its fifth class on Sunday, June 28. Seven of the graduates are planning to practice in Montana.
Montana continues to experience physician shortages, with 52 out of 56 counties considered “underserved,” and 11 counties typically having no physicians of any kind. When FMRWM accepted it first class in 2013, Montana ranked 50th in the nation for graduate medical education positions per capita. The creation of FMRWM has helped move the state to 46th for resident physicians per capita and substantially increased the pipeline for communities to recruit doctors.
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