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Billings Gazette – Billings Clinic’s internal medicine residency program earns accreditation

It’s official: Billings Clinic’s new internal-medicine program has earned accreditation.

The program, designed to train primary-care physicians in the region, is the first of its kind in Montana and Wyoming. It has been accredited for three years by the Chicago-based Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the maximum length of time for an initial accreditation. It was one of only four internal-medicine residency programs throughout the nation that achieved accreditation.

At full capacity, the residency program 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.

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We will start interviewing applicants from early October to January.