MISSOULA – With more than 800 medical student applications, the University of Montana’s Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana will interview a record number of applicants this season.
Over 80 applicants for the seven Missoula positions and more than 40 for the three Kalispell slots will undergo an intensive interview process with current residents and faculty. FMRWM especially focuses on identifying and training applicants who are interested in serving rural and underserved patient populations.
“We really enjoy being a part of the recruitment and interviewing process,” said resident Emma Wright. “It gives us an opportunity to meet potential residents and promote our program, serving as a reminder the excellence of our program.”
Interviews began in October and extend through early January. Interviewees are ranked and matched through the National Resident Matching Program, which provides an objective and fair process for matching applicants and residency programs. Notification of the match results will take place mid-March 2017, with a new class starting at the end of June 2017.
“Our pool of applicants has again strengthened this year as FMRWM has established a strong reputation,” said Ned Vasquez, program director. “We are interviewing medical students from schools throughout the United States, and the quality of candidates has continued to increase. We should be well-positioned for another strong match in March.”
FMRWM welcomed its first class of 10 family medicine residents in July 2013, and the inaugural class graduated at the end of June 2016. The creation of the residency program more than doubled the number of family medicine physicians trained in Montana each year.
With a mission to train physicians for rural and underserved areas in Montana, the program is expected to have a significant impact on the state’s shortage of primary care doctors in rural communities. Of the first class, seven of the 10 graduates are employed in rural and underserved areas, and six of the seven are practicing in western Montana.
Headquartered in Missoula, FMRWM is sponsored by UM and affiliated with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. The program is dually accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Osteopathic Association.
FMRWM’s three sponsoring hospitals in western Montana include Kalispell Regional Healthcare, and Providence St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center in Missoula. Residents are involved in clinic training at Partnership Health Center in Missoula and Flathead Community Health Center in Kalispell.
Additionally, the program works with an extensive rural training network of nine sites, including Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning, Northwest Community Health Center in Libby, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson, Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, St. Luke Community Healthcare in Ronan, Community Physicians Group in Stevensville, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, Community Hospital of Anaconda and Barrett Hospital and Healthcare in Dillon.
For more information on FMRWM, visit http://health.umt.edu/fmrwm/.