Glacier Medical Association

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The student works with a 10-physician family practice-internal medicine group in western Montana that covers a wide range of family medicine including pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics in both in- and out-patient settings. A "free-clinic for the working poor" experience is also available. The physicians provide urgent care services and students receive in-depth exposure to this aspect of practice. This unit has been involved with teaching students since 1974.

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This community is approximately 20 miles west of Glacier National Park, seven miles south of the Whitefish Mountain Resort, and near other major mountain wilderness areas. Tourism, timber, farming, aluminum smelting, and railroading are the major industries in the area.

Common Clinic Patients: 

Patient population consists of predominantly Caucasian patients with a wide variety of incomes and risk factors. Pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics, as well as working with a “free clinic for the working poor” is available.

On-Call Duties: 

Six 12 hour call shifts at North Valley Hospital with option to do Saturday urgent care in place of one call shift. Call days can be either a night shift, from 7pm -7 am or a weekend shift 7am-7pm.


Three-bedroom house that is three blocks from the clinic and one mile from the hospital. The house has a garage, washer and dryer, dishwasher, cable (with a small old TV), yard, and new appliances. House is within walking distance of a grocery store. Families are welcome with advance notice. The three bedroom house can accommodate spouses/partners and children. No pets. Car required.


Some facts about the weather in Whitefish

  • The average warmest month is July.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 103°F in 2003.
  • On average, the coolest month is February.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -33°F in 1990.
  • The maximum average precipitation occurs in June.


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