All 10 of Billings Clinic's first internal medicine residency spots were filled Friday through the national resident matching program.
The match uses a computerized algorithm to align the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency program directors to fill available training positions. Billings Clinic received 1,564 applications from students interested in an internal medicine residency and invited 131 applicants for interviews.
The focus of the Billings Clinic internal medicine residency program is to help address the primary-care shortage by training general internal medicine physicians in the region.
The physician residents start in July of 2014 and will see patients as part of the internal medicine health care team both in Billings and at Billings Clinic regional sites. Six of these new doctors will be first-year internal medicine residents and will be enrolled in the program for three years. Four of the recruits will spend one year at Billings Clinic before going on to finish their chosen specialty area, such as radiology, anesthesiology, or physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Those chosen include learners from University of Washington, University of Kansas, University College London, University of Texas at Houston, and Creighton University, among others.