Montana Rural Physician
Selection and Approval Process
Applications are reviewed for program eligibility by an advisory committee appointed by the Commissioner of Higher Education (Board of Regents’ Policy 940.25). Applications are considered once a year on a date determined by the advisory committee. Selection is a comparative process and eligibility alone does not determine selection. Applications are prioritized based upon the community needs, the number of applicants, and the availability of funding. Preference is applied to the following:
- Physicians who contributed to the trust fund during their participation in the WICHE or WWAMI programs.
- Physicians practicing in remote rural locations take precedence over physicians practicing in locations more likely to draw physicians.
- Primary care physicians.
All advisory committee nominations of physicians to receive awards are submitted to the Montana Board of Regents for final approval.