UM’s Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana was recently recognized. FMRWM graduated more family doctors that go into rural practice than any other program in the country.
The 2019 survey found that FMRWM produced an average of seven new rural doctors each year.
Montana suffers from a shortage of primary care physicians. It is predicted to grow to almost 200 new doctors needed by 2030.
Before FMRWM in 2013, Montana had the lowest number of postgraduate training positions for new doctors per capita of any state in the nation.
The program accepts 10 new residents a year from about 800 medical student applicants.