Montana Graduate Medical Education Council

Created in 2011 to increase the physician workforce in Montana by developing an infrastructure to support Residency Graduate Medical Education (GME).

Purpose:

To improve the healthcare of Montanans by building the state’s physician workforce, through the identification of approaches to support, advocate and grow Graduate Medical Education within Montana. 

Council Responsibilities:

  • Track, measure and make recommendations regarding the physician workforce and MT GME needs
  • Help coordinate new MT GME development
  • Seek financial support to sustain and expand MT GME
  • Work with GME programs to maintaining high quality GME experiences
  • Advocate and effectively communicate the value and benefits of a robust MT GME effort

Physician Workforce Issues

  • Shortage: The Montana Primary Care Office reports that 52 of the 56 counties in Montana are designated as Primary Care Health Professions Shortage Areas.
  • Maldistribution: Physician location data indicates 75.79% of Montana physicians practice in the seven largest communities. This maldistribution is a significant problem. Only 35% of Montana’s population lives in these seven communities, while 65% of the state population lives outside these locations.
  • Aging workforce: 31.2% of Montana physicians are over the age of 60—the 3rd oldest physician workforce in the nation.

 

Educational Pipeline to Become a Physician

pipeline

 

Residency Programs in Montana

residencies

 

GME Council Membership

Montana GME Council Executive Committee members are Jay Erickson, MD, Chair, WWAMI; Dick Brown, Vice-Chair, MHA; and Jean Branscum, Secretary, MMA.  Additional members are: Suzanne Allen, MD, WWAMI; Robert Ficalora, MD, Billings Internal Medicine Residency; Jim Guyer, MD, Montana Family Medicine Residency; Reed Humphrey, PhD, UM; Kristin Juliar, MT AHEC; Barry Kenfield, WMT-AHEC; Janelle Booth, OCHE; Cindy Stergar, MT Primary Care Association; Kathy Jutila, MD, MSU; Martin Teintze, PhD, MT WWAMI; Ned Vasquez, MD, Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana; Brandy Kincheloe, Primary Care Office/Greg Holzman, MD, DPHHS (ex-officio). The Teaching Hospital Committee is made up of Michael Bush, MD with St. Vincent Healthcare; Joyce Dombrouski, RN, with St. Patrick Hospital; David Lechner, MD, with Community Medical Center; Virginia Mohl, MD, with Billings Clinic; and Jason Spring, with Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Administrative support and coordination for the Council is provided by Kailyn Mock and Cindra Stahl with Montana Office of Rural Health & AHEC.