Billings Clinic-OB GYN 678

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Billings Clinic Tersh McCracken, MD This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office: 406-247-3285
RiverStone Health
123 S 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101
Mailing Address
2800 10th Avenue North
Billings, MT 59107

Introduction

Welcome to Billings! We look forward to making your OB/GYN rotation an interesting and varied educational clerkship. At the same time, we want to encourage you to experience all of the recreational and cultural opportunities that abound in the Yellowstone Valley.

Orientation

You will typically arrive in Billings the weekend before your first day of the clerkship. Plan to arrive by Sunday. Two weeks prior to your arrival, email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your arrival information and whether you want to use the student house. If you are using the student house, someone from the BTO will meet you at the house or pick you up at the airport. The Billings Track office will inform you about your orientation on the first day. In the afternoon 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.

Clinical Faculty

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.

Hospitals

There are two hospitals in Billings, St. Vincent Healthcare (STV) 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, Call Rooms & Pagers

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. There will be a pager for the OB/GYN student as well. Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding questions about pagers.

Housing and Meals

Housing information is available in PDF format for download here. It's a furnished six bedroom, three bathroom house and is close to STV. Linens and dishes are provided, but you will need to provide personal items. There is a telephone, television, cable, and wireless internet as well as a desktop with internet. There is a washer and dryer in the house but you need to have your own detergent. Meals are not provided, but the grocery store isn't too far away.

Transportation

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.

Educational Conferences

Weekly Grand Rounds are offered at Billings Clinic.

Other Educational Opportunities

During your six-week clerkship, there will be a History of Medicine meeting during the fourth week, usually on a Thursday evening. The meetings will be hosted by different members of the Billings medical community and will include food and beverage.

Activities

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.