Medical Residency & Education

Chief Residents’ View

Hello! Thank you for checking out the Montana Family Medicine Residency in beautiful Billings, Montana. We are a patient-centered, family-oriented residency made up of supportive and caring residents and we appreciate you taking the time to check us out.


Cody Englert, DO and Joe Pummer, MBBS
Chief Residents, Class of 2020

Our now 23-year-old residency has been awarded the ACGME’s DeWitt C. Baldwin, Jr. Award for fostering a respectful, supportive environment for medical education and delivery of patient care. RiverStone Health Clinic is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) and is certified as a Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home. Our first-class clinic facility was recently built in 2018 and features exam rooms specifically designed to facilitate face-to-face interaction with patients. There is a designated precepting room, and the staff is kind, engaged, and fun to work with.  Also on the RiverStone Health campus we have a dental clinic, pharmacy with consultation services, WIC and Family Health Services, Ryan White Clinic, the public health department for Yellowstone County, and the offices of our hospice and home care agencies. Other satellite clinics such as the Orchard School Clinic, Health Care for the Homeless sites, and clinics in other surrounding rural towns address the needs of all populations.

For a relatively small city, there is no shortage of things to do. We are host to numerous breweries, restaurants and places to shop. As a regional hub for business and travel, we attract musical acts and other entertainment comparable to a much larger city. Billings also boasts its own symphony and chorale, and has a wonderful museum and numerous art galleries downtown. The Crow Indian Reservation is just outside of town, and the Crow Fair and Powwow is a must-see. Billings has been recognized by Outside Magazine as ‘The Best Town of 2016.’ The Yellowstone River flows through town, and the Rims offer numerous hiking, running, and mountain bike trails, as well as rock climbing opportunities. Hunting areas also abound in the surrounding plains and hills of south-central Montana. If that’s not enough, the Beartooth Mountain Range is just over an hour outside of town and offers an endless range of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, fly fishing, boating, kayaking, skiing, and just about anything else you can think of. We are also just a few hours outside of Yellowstone National Park.

Most importantly, the residents and faculty are what make this residency special. We are a diverse group of people with widely varied experiences. We have MD, DO and IMG residents; some with children of their own, others without; some very outdoorsy, others who prefer to stay in. This diversity means you can always find a friend to hang out with, and we form a strong support group for one another when faced with the challenges of family medicine residency. While we could go on and on, we’d rather just meet you and let you see for yourself – hope to see you soon!


Cody Englert, DO & Joe Pummer, MBBS

Resident Chiefs for the Class of 2020