Research & Scholarly Activity

The residency trains physicians to be expert users and authors of medical evidence. MFMR is in full compliance with the requirements for resident and faculty scholarly activity outlined by ACGME and AOA.

Scholarly Activity Projects

All residents must engage in scholarly activity.  MFMR has developed a point-based system in which residents will receive scholarly activity points depending upon the difficulty or quality of a given project.  Residents must complete 7 points to graduate.

Examples of scholarly activity:

  • Co-authoring with a faculty member a “Help Desk Answer” with the Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN) for “Evidence-Based Practice,” a peer-reviewed journal (7 points)
  • Presenting at state or national meetings (5-10 points)
  • Presenting at a local Grand Rounds or Poster Showcase (3 points)
  • Authoring health-related articles for newspapers (2 points)


Resident physicians regularly present case conferences drawing on their experiences in the areas of pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, obstetrics and ambulatory care.  In their third year, resident physicians also lead an Evidence Club, which may be based on the content of their scholarly activity projects.


Each year, MFMR sends resident physicians to the Family Medicine Residents and Students National Conference (Kansas City), the Montana Academy of Family Physicians Chico Primary Care Conference, and the Montana Osteopathic Medical Association CME Meeting.  In addition, residents are encouraged to submit posters and papers for presentation at other state, regional, national and international meetings.

Academics and Supervision Rotation

Upper-level residents coach and supervise new interns in the areas of hospital systems, hospital EMRs, and application of evidence-based medicine to the point of care.  The academics and supervision resident also helps develop the academic content for the morning report of our inpatient Family Medicine Teaching Service.

Resident Award for Scholarship

MFMR is proud to partner with the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD), the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) to provide international recognition for one resident physician each year who has completed outstanding family medicine scholarship. Past winners of the AFMRD Resident Award for Scholarship are:


  • 2021David Goodwin, MD

  • 2020Nicki Davis, MD

  • 2019James Hickey, MD

  • 2018Medina Culver, MD

  • 2017Katrina Maher, MD

  • 2016Rob Smith, DO

  • 2015Kira Bersanti Conn, MD

  • 2014No award

  • 2013No award

  • 2012Ruchi Fitzgerald, MD

  • 2011Jamie Faught, MD

MFMR Publications and Presentations

Click HERE for a list of publications, presentations and conference program direction by past and present MFMR faculty, residents, and administration.  In addition, members of the residency regularly contribute to the “Health Matters” column in the state’s largest newspaper, The Billings Gazette.