WWAMI – Montana

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Introduction

The Montana WWAMI Program provides medical education and training to students, residents, and practicing physicians throughout the vast state of Montana. Thirty Montana WWAMI students complete their foundation phase of medical training at the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana. Montana offers a variety of quality learning opportunities for medical students in rural, community and underserved practices throughout the state. Your Montana experience can bring new friendships, excellent recreational activities, and a chance to work and learn in some of the most beautiful and friendly communities in the West!

Montana Tracks

A Track option gives a student the opportunity to spend all or almost all of their 3rd year in that community. Montana offers students 3rd Year Tracks in Billings, Missoula and Bozeman.

Billings Track

The Billings Track started in 2008 and offers all of the required third and fourth year clerkships. Beginning in 2015, all required fourth-year clerkships will be available as well. A wide variety of elective clerkships and sub-internships in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine will round out your opportunities. Faculty at St Vincent Healthcare, the Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health and the Montana Family Medicine Residency, Community Health Center and all collaborate to offer a rich variety of experiences for students. Community activity discounts are available to students, guidance toward affordable housing or staying in one of our student houses, and meals are offered with many educational programs. Billings has a rich network of bike paths, but we recommend students have a car both for work and to explore the rivers and mountains around us. Call our Billings Track Office for more information.

Billings Track Office contacts

Billings Track Office Coordinator
Jenny Jutz
jenny.jut@riverstonehealth.org
406.247.3285

Billings Track Director
Mike Gevrin, M.D.
mike.gev@riverstonehealth.org

Bozeman Track

​Starting in July 2015, students have the opportunity to participate in the Bozeman Track, based in Bozeman, MT. Bozeman offers all six required clerkships with Family Medicine, Medicine, OBGYN, Peds, Psych and Surgery. Bozeman also offers 4th year required clerkships in Emergency Medicine, Advanced Inpatient, and Neurology, along with 4th year electives in Anesthesiology(APC), Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Palliative Care, Radiology and Urology. Efforts to add additional fourth-year rotations in Bozeman, are continuing to be made. Future rotations are looking to include Advanced Outpatient, Ortho, and Cardiology. Bozeman clerkships are administered predominantly through Bozeman Health, where the Foundations Phase of the MT WWAMI offices are also located. Bozeman offers beautiful mountains for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, fly fishing, and exploring. Bozeman has festivals, art, culture, music, farmers markets, museums, and fantastic locally-owned restaurants. Yellowstone Park is only a 90 mile drive from Bozeman and there is a lot to explore in the Park!

Bozeman Track Office contacts

Billings Track Office Coordinator
Kayla Hatfield
KHatfield​​​@bozemanhealth.org
406.239.3727

Bozeman Track Physician Director
Leslee Kane, M.D.
lesleebkanemd@gmail.com​

Misssoula Track

​​The Missoula Track started in July 2008 with four third-year students participating. Missoula offers all six required third-year clerkships. Meals are provided free of charge by both hospitals and The University of Montana food service to all WWAMI students. Students also have access to the Student Rec Center at The University of Montana. Housing is located on a bus route free of charge but we strongly suggest coming to Missoula with a bicycle or car. Missoula is a really fun town with access to fishing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, numerous athletic events and a rich downtown. Contact the Missoula Track Office for more information.

Missoula Track Office contacts

Missoula Track Program Coordinator
Liz Kelsey
Elizabeth.Kelsey@mso.umt.edu
406.243.4763

​Missoula Track Director
Christopher Jons, MD
christopher.jons@providence.org​

Clerkship Opportunities

Montana offers 3rd and 4th year clerkships in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Dillon, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, Lewistown, Libby, Missoula, and Whitefish. For Department information, please visit 3rd Year Student Resources and 4th Year Student Resources.


TRUST (Targeted Rural Underserved Track)

The Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) curriculum is a longitudinal medical school experience in rural and small city underserved communities, with a goal to produce physicians committed to practice in the underserved areas of Montana and the WWAMI region. With admission through a targeted admissions process, TRUST students are linked to their rural/underserved communities and with existing UW courses and programs, such as the Underserved Pathway, Rural and Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP), and the 5-6 month WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Program (WRITE). The TRUST program promotes and supports students’ interests in rural/underserved health workforce training.​ Go to the TRUST website for more information

Montana TRUST Contacts
Lisa Benzel, Montana TRUST Director
LisaB​enz@uw.edu
406-660-0246

​WRITE (WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience)

WRITE, a longitudinally integrated clerkship program that occurs in the first clinical year, was developed by the University of Washington School of Medicine as a means to help meet the need for rural primary care physicians in the WWAMI region. The success of this unique program is due to the integration of community involvement, continuity of experience and a proven curriculum. A detailed description of this program can be found at the website https://blogs.uw.edu/write​. WRITE locations:​

  • Anaconda
  • Butte
  • Dillon
  • Glasgow
  • Hamilton
  • Hardin
  • Lewistown
  • Libby
  • Livingston
  • Miles City
  • Polson

​​Reports and Resources

Contact Information

Jay Erickson, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Dean, Montana WWAMI
jerick@uw.edu

Bernadette Duperron, Judi Sullivan
​MT WWAMI Program Administrators
mtassist@uw.edu

​Lisa Benzel
TRUST Director, RUOP Coordinator
lisabenz@uw.edu

Address
525 Railway St. Suite 100
Whitefish, MT 59937
406.862.3810

Martin Teintze, PhD.
Assistant Dean, Foundations Phase, Montana WWAMI
mteintze@montana.edu

Kayla Ouert
WWAMI Program Manager
kayla.ouert@montana.edu​​

​​Address
937 Highland Blvd.
Suite 5220 (2nd floor)
Bozeman, MT 59715
406-994-4411

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