Medical Residency & Education

Chief Residents’ View

Thanks for checking out the Montana Family Medicine Residency in beautiful Billings, Montana. We are a patient-centered, family-oriented residency with supportive and caring residents.

Our 25-year-old residency is located in the medical hub for eastern Montana, northern Wyoming, and the western Dakotas. The program partners with the three major medical systems in Billings: RiverStone Health, St. Vincent Healthcare and Billings Clinic, offering residents endless educational opportunities in an essentially unopposed environment.

The majority of our continuity outpatient care is done at RiverStone Health, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) certified as a Level 3 NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home. This first-class facility built in 2018 features exam rooms designed to facilitate face-to-face interaction with patients. We have a designated precepting room. Our tremendous team of support staff includes behavioral health, care management and clinical pharmacy. On the main RiverStone Health campus, we have a dental clinic, immunization 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. RiverStone Health satellite clinics include two school-based clinics, two Health Care for the Homeless sites, and three rural clinics in the nearby towns of Bridger, Joliet and Worden.

There is no shortage of things to do in Montana’s largest city, which was named “Best Town of 2016” by Outside Magazine. We are home to numerous great breweries, restaurants and places to shop. A regional hub for business and travel, Billings (population 110,000) attracts musicians and other entertainment comparable to a much larger city. Billings boasts its own symphony and chorale, wonderful museums, live theatre companies and numerous art galleries. The Yellowstone River flows through town, flanked by picturesque sandstone cliffs known as the Rimrocks. We have rock climbing on the Rimrocks as well as hiking, running, and biking trails. Public hunting areas abound in the plains and hills of south central Montana. The Beartooth Mountains an hour away have lakes for fly fishing and slopes for skiing. We are just three hours from Yellowstone National Park.

Residents and faculty make our program special. Our faculty are kind, supportive, engaging and passionate about education with a variety of interests including full spectrum family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, rural medicine, hospital medicine, sports medicine, addiction medicine, osteopathic manipulative treatment and wilderness medicine.

Our residents are a diverse group. Some have children of their own, others do not; some enjoy the outdoors while others prefer to stay in. You can always find a friend to hang out with. Our strong support for one another has been key during the COVID pandemic. If you’re interested in learning more, please reach out to us!


Brook Murphy, MD & Erin Hixson, MD

Chief Residents for the Class of 2021