Our History

Since our founding in 1995,

Montana Family Residency has established a solid track record for training physicians to meet the challenges of practicing in rural and underserved areas and over 60 percent of MFMR graduates now practice in Montana.

As the first residency program in Montana, MFMR helped develop the model, prove its success, and spur the development of other residency programs in Montana.

The residency is fully integrated into RiverStone Health, which provides both medical health services through RiverStone Health Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, other patient care services such as home care and hospice, support and case management services to young families, and multiple public health services to Yellowstone County, the state’s most populous county.

While some residents grew up in the state, most did not but chose to make their home in Montana.

Opportunities after graduation range from small-town to urban practice including full-spectrum private practice, hospitalist, residency faculty and more.

Over the years, we have developed strong partnerships with staff at both Billings hospitals and with rural physicians committed to mentoring the next generation of doctors. With 30 total residency slots, MFMR is large enough to offer a variety of experiences, yet small enough to retain strong mentoring relationships and friendships.

Montana’s geography and population of just over 1.1 million residents creates an insatiable demand for family physicians. Most of the state’s 56 counties are considered “frontier,” with six or fewer people per square mile. Nearly half of Montanans live in rural areas. Many counties in Montana do not have a physician.

We remain steadfast in our mission to train full-spectrum family physicians to work in low resource environments, in rural and urban communities throughout the state.
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