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Published on June 01, 2018

Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency honors second class of graduates

Helmsley Charitable Trust provides generous support for rural health training for residents 

Billings, Mont.—Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency announces the second class of graduates of the Internal Medicine Residency program. A commencement ceremony honored the six physicians who completed the three-year residency and the four physicians who completed a one-year preliminary program required for future specialty residency training. The graduates are: 

  • Christopher Dietrich, DO, who will practice as a Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Faculty Hospitalist, with an APD Osteopathic Recognition, at Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont.
  • Kylie Ebner, DO, who will practice as a Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Faculty Hospitalist at Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont.
  • Matthew Niemeyer, DO, who will practice as a Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Faculty Hospitalist at Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont.
  • Danielle deMontigny Avila, MD, who will continue training to obtain a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.
  • Christopher Kerrigan, MD, who will continue training to obtain a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine and practice as an Internal Medicine Faculty Instructor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Kevin Mitchell, MBBS, who will continue training to obtain a Fellowship I combined Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine at Brown University in Providence, R.I.
  • Kimberly Blain, MD, completed the one-year program and will continue training in Dermatology at the University of Utah – Salt Lake City in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • David Boothe, MD, completed the one-year program and will continue training Dermatology at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock Texas.
  • Millie Boyd, MD, completed the one-year program and will continue training in Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
  • Kelly Grott, MD, completed the one-year program and will continue training in Anesthesiology at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Billings Clinic established Montana’s first Internal Medicine Residency program in 2013. The three-year program combines education and research with practical clinical and hospital experience among a complex patient population. The residency program is designed to train internists to care for complex medically ill patients in rural environments. Training includes working in a rural community through the Rural Rotation Program. Each resident spends one month working at Central Montana Medical Center (Lewistown, Mont.), a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, and one month at Sheridan Memorial Hospital (Sheridan, Wyo.), an 88-bed community hospital.   

The program seeks to increase the number of primary care physicians that provide care for patients in rural locations. This graduating class is evidence of the benefits of a training program focused on the unique needs of practicing in a rural community. Of the six physicians graduating from the three-year residency program, three will be practicing at Billings Clinic.

The residency program is generously supported by funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided three grants to support Billings Clinic’s efforts to train general internal medicine residents and give them opportunities to practice in rural locations. Representing more than $5.9 million for Billings Clinic, the Helmsley funding is designated to the Helmsley Simulation Laboratory and Medical Education Center, the Internal Medicine Residency Scholar Support Project and the Internal Medicine Residency Rural Rotation Program. 

The Helmsley grants support Billings Clinic’s commitment to create an educational experience that is innovative and unique in addressing rural communities’ challenges with geographic isolation and shortages of healthcare providers. 

In October 2016, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) granted the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency program 10-year accreditation with no citations. This is ACGME’s highest rating.  

 

About the Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective organizations in health and select place-based initiatives. Since 2008, when Helmsley began active grant-making, it has committed more than $1.8 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $320 million to organizations and initiatives in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana. Learn more at www.helmsleytrust.org

About Billings Clinic

Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multi-specialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and Level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,200 employees, including more than 440 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. More information can be found at www.billingsclinic.com.

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