Sheridan Memorial Hospital to Participate in Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Rural Rotation Program

(Billings, Mont.) — In a joint effort, medical professionals from Sheridan and Billings are working to better rural health care. This week, during a public press conference held at the Billings Clinic, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announced two grant awards made to Billings Clinic totaling $4.3 million. One award will be used to fund the Helmsley Rural Healthcare Scholars program and the other will support a rural rotation program that involves Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Sheridan. Sheridan Memorial Hospital recently entered into an agreement with the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency program to provide their internal medicine physician residents with a rural rotation experience. Sheridan Memorial Hospital and Livingston Healthcare in Montana are the only two hospitals participating in the rural rotation program. The primary goal of the Internal Medicine Rural Rotations Project is to broaden the physician residents experience and training in a rural setting. One of the things that make Sheridan Memorial Hospital particularly attractive is that its Big Horn Mountain Medicine Internal Medicine practice functions under a hybrid model in which physicians care for their patients in both the hospital and clinic settings using a Core Team Model approach. “This is the best way to expose new physicians to the unique aspects of practicing rural medicine and a great opportunity for them to experience our hospital and community,” stated Mike McCafferty, CEO of Sheridan Memorial Hospital. The internal medicine physician residents who will come to Sheridan Memorial Hospital for this rural rotation have already graduated from medical school and will be in their advanced training stages (either 2nd or 3rd year of residency). They are expected to begin rotations at Sheridan Memorial Hospital May 2, 2016. During their four week rotation at Sheridan Memorial Hospital, physician residents will be under the guidance of a Big Horn Mountain Medicine attending physician and follow specific curriculum guidelines when providing pati ent care. Dr. Ben Widener, one of the physicians with Big Horn Mountain Medicine who will help teach the visiting residents, looks forward to hosting the rural rotation program. "It means we have the opportunity to teach and share our passion for internal medicine with a whole new generation of doctors," he said. With the current national shortage of primary care physicians, the residency has the ability to provide additional access to primary care services. These physicians have completed their medical school training and will continue to refine and expand their skills by working side by side with experienced medical professionals on their patient Core Teams. The residents will build relationships with our patients as they work in rotation with the Hospital’s Big Horn Mountain Medicine physicians. *Feature photo: The Sheridan team is pictured with representatives from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Rural Healthcare Program, the Billings Clinic and the Governor of Montana. Left to right: Wayne Booze, Program Officer (The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Rural Healthcare Program), Carrie Shavlik, RN, Clinical Nurse Supervisor (Big Horn Mountain Medicine), Tammy Satterthwaite, Practice Manager (Big Horn Mountain Medicine), Linda St. Clair, Hospitalist Service Coordinator (Sheridan Memorial Hospital), Nicholas Wolter, MD, CEO (Billings Clinic), Montana Governor, Steve Bullock; Shelley Stingley, Program Director, (The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Rural Healthcare Program), Mike McCafferty, CEO (Sheridan Memorial Hospital), Ben Widener, MD (Big Horn Mountain Medicine), Melanie Aksamit, Physician Office Supervisor (Big Horn Mountain Medicine), David Walker, DO (Big Horn Mountain Medicine) h/t Sheridan Memorial Hospital * #dally #news