With primary care physicians so hard to come by, Billings Clinic has come up with an innovative solution.
It plans to grow its own.
The Clinic is developing an internal-medicine residency program that at full capacity could be producing as many as six new doctors a year.
The hope is that those new doctors will choose to practice in Montana where most counties have a shortage of primary care physicians and 10 counties have no physician at all.
The startup investment of “several million dollars” will be underwritten by Billings Clinic, Billings Clinic Foundation and grants.
Jim Duncan, president and CEO of the Billings Clinic Foundation, said the proposed program is “one of the most transformational initiatives” the Clinic has undertaken in nearly two decades.