WWAMI - Montana

MT WWAMI PreMed Summit

Saturday, October 21, 2017—8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

MSU-Bozeman Campus

Registration details available mid-August! See MT WWAMI website for registration details coming soon!

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!

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3rd Year and 4th Year Clerkships

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. Current registered students with a UW Net ID can find information on 2014 clerkships through the UW School of Medicine MedWiki.

Montana WWAMI Program Site Map 2015-2016 

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-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 use of our student house, 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 or visit the Billings Track website.

Billings Track Office contacts
Billings Track Office Coordinator
Suzie Thomas
Suzie.Tho@riverstonehealth.org
406.247.3297

Billings Track Director
​Roxanne Fahrenwald, M.D.,
Roxanne.Fah@riverstonehealth.org

Missoula Track

​The Missoula Track started in July 2008 with four third-year students participating. Missoula offers all six required third-year clerkships and currently offers fourth-year clerkships in Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Neurology, NICU, Family Medicine Sub-I and other electives available by request. 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
Blair Davison, M.D.
blaircdavison@gmail.com

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 Palliative Care, and Endocrinology. 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
Bozeman Track Coordinator
Kayla Schmid
kschmid@bozemanhealth.org
406.239.3727

Bozeman Track Physician Director
Mike Spinelli, M.D.
MSpinelli@bdh-boz.com
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Billings FM Clerkship Director, Mathew Westmark, MD and UWSOM student Derek Wille with patient.


Missoula Track group picture, 2015



Southwest MT Track Director, Mike Spinelli, MD, with Track students Whitney Wright and Conrad Addison, 2015

Montana 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 WRITE website. WRITE locations:​

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

Montana TRUST

As part of the application process, Montana WWAMI students can apply to participate in a focused rural and small city underserved track. The goal of this track, called Montana TRUST (Targeted Rural Underserved Track), is to allow for a focused medical school experience in rural and small city underserved care, with the eventual goal of returning physicians to practice in the rural and small city underserved areas of Montana. Montana TRUST students will have multiple opportunities to experience firsthand the joys and satisfaction of practicing medicine in a rural or small city underserved community. Go to the TRUST website for more information

Montana TRUST Contacts
Lisa Benzel, Montana TRUST Director
lisabenz@uw.edu
406-660-0246

​Contact Information​

MT WWAMI Clinical Education Office

Jay Erickson, MD.
jerick@uw.edu
Assistant Dean for Regional Affairs, MT WWAMI Clinical Coordinator

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

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

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

MSU 1st Year Program

Martin Teintze, PhD.
mteintze@montana.edu
1st Year WWAMI Director​

WWAMI Program Manager
Whitney Baer Foster
whitney.baer@montana.edu

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

Website
Montana

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WWAMI Regional Medical School Information

For more information about WWAMI, please visit our medical school page.

Resources​​

To learn more about the Montana WWAMI program, please review the Montana WWAMI Clinical Education newsletter and the Montana Executive Summary.