Selection and Approval Process

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Applications are reviewed by an advisory committee appointed by the Commissioner of Higher Education. Up to two application cycles may be offered each year depending upon program demand; the application deadline is August 1st. Selection is a comparative process; 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:

  • Montana ICOM graduates;
  • Montana WWAMI TRUST graduates;
  • Montana WICHE and WWAMI medical and osteopathic medical graduates;
  • Physicians practicing in remote rural locations take precedence over physicians practicing in rural locations more likely to draw physicians.
  • Primary care physicians.

All advisory committee nominations are submitted to the Montana Board of Regents for final approval.