Medical Residency & Education

Eastern MT Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Eastern Montana Area Health Education Center (Eastern MT AHEC) at RiverStone Health is a part of an innovative statewide network of centers created to recruit, train, and retain healthcare professionals committed to providing care to underserved populations, including rural Montanans. By getting school-age and college students interested in health careers, AHEC helps ensure the next generation of healthcare professionals.

Eastern Montana AHEC coordinates clinical rotations in the Billings area for medical students in the University of Washington’s WWAMI program.  Through partnership with RiverStone Health, high school and undergraduate students gain experience by spending time job shadowing with healthcare professionals.

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Area Health Education Centers in Montana are divided into five regions plus a Montana AHEC Program Office at Montana State University in Bozeman.

The Eastern Montana AHEC Advisory Council is a diverse group of individuals from across the region.  Their varied backgrounds in healthcare, workforce development, education, science, local, state and federal policy work strengthen Eastern MT AHEC’s understanding of the opportunities and challenges in healthcare workforce creation and retention.  Meeting regularly, advisory council members are a tremendous resource to staff and the future of healthcare in the region.

A map in the shape of Montana marking the Montana AHEC regions in different colors and marking the outlines of counties and Native American reservations.

Staff Members:

Nikole Bakko, Outreach Coordinator

Jenny Jutz, Student Placement Coordinator

Dustin Schneider, Training Coordinator


Eastern Montana AHEC Advisory Council Members:

Scott Anderson, Billings Career Center

Bo Bruinsma, SD#2 Career Outreach Director

Dr. Carl Castles, MSU-Billings

Barb Gustafson, Community Education

Kate Hagenbuch, Billings Clinic

Cody Halverson, Rocky Mountain College

Bill Hodges, Big Horn Hospital Association: Hardin, MT

Kristina McComas, Billings Clinic

Mindy Price, Rosebud Health Care Center; Forsyth, MT

Melanie Schwarz, Corridor MG

Genna Southworth, self-employed

Susan Swanz, Billings Area Indian Health Services

Vicki Trier, MSU Billings-City College

Eastern MT AHEC at RiverStone Health
123 South 27th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
Phone: 406.247.3297
Fax: 406.651.6418

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm