Four to six weeks prior to your rotation start date, WWAMI Track Coordinator Jenny Jutz (firstname.lastname@example.org), will email you requesting required information for your clerkship in Billings, MT. Current drug screen is required for this rotation.
You will typically arrive in Billings the weekend before your first day of the clerkship. Plan to arrive by Sunday. The Billings Track office will inform you about your orientation on the first day prior to your arrival. On your first day of clerkship, you will meet your preceptor, who will then provide you with your written schedule for the following six-weeks and a tour of their clinic.
Again, we welcome you to Billings, and hope that your experience here will prompt a return to Montana in the future.
There are eight board-certified OB/GYN physicians participating in the WWAMI program at this site. During your six-week rotation, you will be assigned to at least two of these physicians, and will see patients in their offices approximately four half-days per week. You will be expected to go to surgery with your preceptors, and to participate in deliveries done by your preceptors. You will make one or two presentations weekly to your preceptors.
There are two hospitals in Billings, St. Vincent Healthcare (STV or SVH) and Billings Clinic (BC). Billings Clinic is a medical foundation composed of a multi-specialty physician group practice and 272-bed JCAHO-accredited hospital. Billings Clinic, the oldest and largest multi-specialty group practice in the region with more than 180 physicians, serves as a tertiary care facility for the region. Billings Clinic's medical staff includes physicians, physician assistants and family nurse practitioners in Billings and branch locations in Miles City, Red Lodge, Big Timber and Columbus, Montana and Cody, Wyoming.
The WWAMI clerkship will take place in the obstetrics and gynecology department at Billings Clinic. This busy, eight-physician office offers a wide range of basic and specialized services including infertility evaluations, microsurgical procedures, high-risk obstetrics with amniocentesis and ultrasound services. Gynecologic care includes gynecologic urology and oncology. Sub-specialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Gynecologic Oncology also participate in the medical student experience. Students will rotate with the physicians in the department. The Family Birth Center at Billings Clinic opened in 1999, providing the community with a single-room maternity care unit with the newest technology for mothers, newborns, and their families.
Call and Call Rooms
Your preceptor will determine your call. In general, you will be expected to take call when your preceptor is on call, and to follow your preceptor's schedule. Most preceptors take obstetric call on their own patients every day of the week, and on alternate weekends. You will be on call two weekends during the six week rotation.
The call room for St. Vincent Healthcare is located on 4th floor and is available to all WWAMI students. The student house is about 7 blocks away if you want to stay at home for call, as long as your preceptor agrees to it.
Housing and Meals
Two houses are available for WWAMI students (3rd years get priority). One is a 6 bedroom, while the other is a 5-bedroom. Both are furnished and are close to both hospitals. Linens and dishes are provided, but you will need to provide personal items. There is television, cable, and wireless internet as well as a desktop with internet. There is a refrigerator, washer and dryer in both houses, but you need to have your own detergent. Meals are not provided, but multiple grocery stores are near. Absolutely NO pets allowed.
A personal automobile is required, as transportation is not provided. You will be within walking distance of the hospital but not the out-patient clinic. A bike is highly recommended but not provided at this time.
Weekly Grand Rounds are offered at Billings Clinic and St. Vincent’s Healthcare. Weekly didactics are offered at RiverStone Health. Please reach out to the Billings Track Coordinator for more information.
Other Educational Opportunities
During your six-week clerkship, there may be a fun evening of learning planned. Known in Billings as “Frank Discussions”, named after Frank Newman, one of the founders at MSU and became the director of the MSU branch of the WWAMI program. Frank directed other health professional programs including the Montana Family Practice Residency Program, the Montana Area Health Education Center and the Montana Office of Rural Health. If an event is planned during your time in Billings, you will received information regarding this from the Student Placement Coordinator.
During your stay, you will have many outdoor opportunities. Billings is also a great place for biking, running, kayaking, whitewater rafting, tubing, rock climbing and golf most months of the year. There is skiing at nearby Red Lodge Mountain in the winter months or Big Sky, MT is only 3 hours away. Billings is situated in the middle of Yellowstone Valley. There are cultural opportunities in the Lewis & Clark and the Native American centers.