The FMRWM curriculum is designed to create family physicians who have exceptional, comprehensive medical skills and are able to rise to the unique challenges of living in and practicing medicine in rural and underserved communities.
The curriculum emphasizes resident time in continuity clinic and recognizes the importance of rotations in rural communities; we have 16 rural communities engaged in providing the settings and resources for our two required rural blocks. These rotations are highly coveted by our residents and many of them choose to spend additional elective time in these communities.
Unique to our program, FMRWM education begins with a full 28-day Introduction to Family Medicine section, designed to acquaint residents with the Family Medicine Center, the faculty and staff, and the Missoula community. This month places an emphasis on resiliency, self care, and professionalism, in addition to providing foundational experiences such as ALSO and NRP. Each class spends many hours together, increasing cohesion and affording residents supportive relationships that are valuable throughout the three years.