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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
(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:
- Miles City
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 DirectorLisaBenz@uw.edu