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Missoula Medical Residency Program Matched With 10 New Residents

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Missoula's new residency program is aimed at bringing more young physicians to Montana. On Friday, we learned the program will be getting 10 more residents in June.

ABC FOX Montana's Ashley Sanchez visited the family medicine residency of Western Montana on Friday to find out more about what's known as "Match Day".

It's the day medical students have spent the last four years of their lives working up to. It's Match Day.

"You never quite sure where you go until you see it on Match Day, so it's a pretty big day for first year medical students. It's the day," said first year resident, Scot Swanson.

Match Day is when fourth year medical students find out which programs they are matched with, and what specialty fields they go into. Last year, Swanson, a Great Falls native,  was attending the University of Washington, when he found out he'd be a resident for the brand new program in Missoula, the Family Residency of Western Montana.

"It's kind of a big gamble, and I was very happy with where I matched, being from Montana, I wanted to be apart of this program, and I got my first choice," Swanson said.

Swanson, along with Harshida Chaudhri, are two of 10 residents working the program.

"It's exciting to work with patients, and we have pretty good batch. There are ten of us and we get along pretty well," Chaudhri said.

The program's associate director, Narissa Koehn said the goal of the program is to get more young physicians coming to work in Montana and rural parts of the state.

"The fact Montana had only one residency program up to last year was really a big impediment in trying to attract young physicians who want to live and work in the state," Koehn said.

Residents get to work in different hospitals and clinics around town. In their second year of residency, they will get experience working with rural patients.

"We have strong mission and focus on training residents to work in rural and under served parts of Montana," Koehn said.

Now that the match process has finished, the current residents will be joined by 10 others in July.

"It's been a very exciting time, and a time for transition here at the Partnership Health Center, and here in Missoula."

A party was held where the 10 new residents were announced. The Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana is one of only three residency training programs statewide. The other two are in Billings.

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