Billings Clinic hopes to start residency program

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Billings Clinic is hoping to create an internal medicine residency program in an attempt to produce doctors that will remain in Montana and help relieve a statewide doctor shortage.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/13Erufe) the clinic last fall applied for accreditation from the Chicago-based Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

A site evaluation was completed in February and a decision is expected in June. If the program is approved, it would open for the first class of students in July 2014.

Jim Duncan is president and CEO of the Billings Clinic Foundation.

He says the proposed program is "one of the most transformational initiatives" the clinic has attempted in nearly two decades.

Program Director Roger Bush says he feels positive about the clinic receiving accreditation.

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Information from: Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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