MISSOULA – After receiving more than 800 applications and conducting approximately 120 interviews, the University of Montana’s Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana has selected its upcoming class.
The new class of 10 family physician residents, selected through the National Resident Matching Program, will start its three-year training at the end of June.
Interviews began in October and finished in early January. The National Resident Matching Program provides an objective and fair process for matching applicants to residency programs through a computerized mathematical algorithm, which lines up preferences to fill training positions across the United States.
“As our program has matured, we have increasingly gained national visibility, resulting in high-quality applicants from an increasing number of medical schools across the U.S.,” Program Director Ned Vasquez said. “This is an excellent achievement for a young residency, allowing us to effectively compete with programs that have existed for more than 20 years.”
The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana focuses on the comprehensive training needed to effectively practice in Montana’s rural and underserved areas. The program began with a class of 10 in July 2013, and the inaugural class graduated in June 2016. Aiming to positively impact the state’s shortage of primary care doctors in rural communities, the program has more than doubled the number of family medicine physicians trained in Montana annually and celebrated an early success with six recent physician graduates practicing in rural and underserved areas statewide.
The 2020 class includes:
- Isaac Billings of Pellston, Michigan, attended Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
- Brandon Bilyeu of Luther, Montana, attended Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine.
- Katie Camarata of Fall River Mills, California, attended Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine.
- Alyssa Cowell of Menominee, Michigan, attended Central Michigan University.
- Chris Hallberg of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attended University of Washington.
- Amanda Hartman of Reno, Nevada, attended University of Nevada.
- Jonathon James of Anacortes, Washington, attended Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine.
- Charles Jose of Henderson, Nevada, attended University of Nevada.
- Amy Richmond of Bloomington, Indiana, attended Indiana University.
- Stella Selden of Kalispell, Montana, attended University of Utah.
Headquartered in Missoula, FMRWM is sponsored by UM and affiliated with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. The program’s three sponsoring hospitals in western Montana include Kalispell Regional Healthcare and Providence St. Patrick Hospital and Community Medical Center, both in Missoula. Residents are involved in continuity 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 visit http://health.umt.edu/fmrwm/.