The student works with a ten-physician family practice-internal medicine group in western Montana that covers a wide range of family medicine including pediatrics and internal medicine 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 community is approximately 20 miles west of Glacier National Park, 7 miles south of the Big Mountain ski area, and near other major mountain wilderness areas. Tourism, timber, farming, aluminum smelting, and railroading are the major industries in the area. This unit has been involved with teaching students since 1974.
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.
The Whitefish area is small, facilitating your ability to become acquainted with the community, its needs and resources. Faculty urge you to contact as many local resources, e.g., agencies and personnel, as is possible in the context of your patient care.
Students are on call approximately 4 nights, 6:30-midnight, during the rotation taking call through the ER with Dr. Jon Torgerson, Dr. Kenny McFadden, or Dr. Ted Losey. Most students have not found this schedule too demanding. Please discuss this with Dr. Erickson or Dr. Miller at the beginning of the rotation.
At least two Saturday clinics in urgent care will be required.
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.
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 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.