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Published on May 23, 2013

Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency program receives accreditation

Billings, MT— The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has announced the accreditation of the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency program, the first Internal Medicine Residency in Montana. Billings Clinic applied to the ACGME last fall and completed the residency site evaluation process in February 2013. The decision from the Council accredits the residency program for three years.

The ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that accredits about 8,700 residency programs in 130 specialties and subspecialties that educate about 109,000 residents. Its mission is to improve health care by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians’ education through exemplary accreditation.

Montana is among the most successful states for retaining physicians who complete a residency program in the state, with a retention rate of 60.1-75% according to 2011 data from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

“The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Billings Clinic will not only provide training in the outpatient and hospital settings but will teach our methods for providing care to our rural communities through collaboration, technology, and outreach clinics,” said Roger Bush, MD, director of the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine residency program. “The need for this residency at Billings Clinic is evidenced by the shortage of primary care physicians in Montana and across the country. Our aim is to prepare residents as master clinicians to serve our region as general internists. Our strategy is to be a Learning Laboratory for the Triple Aim (better care, better health, better costs), and to bring joy to the work of caring for others”

Billings Clinic has a history of education, including 30 years of involvement with the WWAMI program through the University of Washington and 15 years with the Montana Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Bush said, “Billings Clinic has an exceptional care system that creates an exceptional learning environment. That’s why I was eager to come back to my home state of Montana and build a program that will allow residents to learn from master clinicians in an innovative organization that is on the frontier of medicine.”

About Billings Clinic
Billings Clinic, a not-for-profit and community governed organization, is the largest health care system in Montana. Billings Clinic is a physician-led organization, consisting of a multi-specialty physician group practice, a 285-bed hospital, and a skilled nursing and assisted living facility. Billings Clinic, a system that includes regional branch clinics and partnerships with critical access hospitals, serves communities in Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. Billings Clinic is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the only Magnet-designated health care organization in Montana and Wyoming. At its core, Billings Clinic is committed to the highest standards of care for quality, safety, service and value.

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