Urban Program with Rural Pathway – Kalispell, MT

The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana (FMRWM) is a 3-year family medicine program sponsored by The University of Montana and affiliated with the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network. FMRWM was founded on the belief that a residency program should develop excellent physicians and should serve the community, whether in a bustling university town or a hamlet of 200 people. And, since we are fortunate enough to call Western Montana home, the program aims to inspire a work/life balance that nurtures both personal and professional passions.

Unique Features

  • Dually accredited ACGME and AOA
  • Rural and underserved mission
  • 10/10/10 structure
  • 6 residents match for Kalispell and spend 2nd and third years there -all 10 in Missoula for PGY1
  • 10 rural rotation sites in western and central Montana
  • 9 rural rotation sites in western MT
  • Minimum 2 months required in rural sites in 2nd and 3rd years (up to 12 weeks available)
  • Majority of faculty young with rural practice experience
  • Abundant nearby rural practice opportunities post-residency

Additional Information

This program, begun in 2013, offers a wide variety of rural rotations and training experiences. The rural communities are organized to provide housing (many family and pet friendly). The residency is also involved in a five-year (2015-2020) grant-funded project in several of the communities aimed at integrating local team training for health care transformation into resident experience.