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This summer a residency program will start in Williston.The plan has been in the making for the past three years, after the legislature looked to expand medical funding and residency programs in North Dakota.

The president of Mercy Medical Center, Matt Grimshaw believes this program will benefit the city both short and long term.

"An immediate benefit is once the residency clinic opens, we will be able to see more patients. Because the residents are here practicing, that immediately brings capacity to our clinic. But, the real benefit is in the long run, we believe by training physicians here, giving them a good experience while they're in their residency program. This gives us a great opportunity to work on recruiting them to our community on a permanent basis," says Grimshaw.

Grimshaw believes there a specific candidate that will fit into Mercy's residency program and in Williston. 

"The most important feature, for a successful resident in our program is someone who wants to practice in a rural community. The key is how you interact with patients and colleagues are a little different in a smaller town than it is in a metropolitan area," says Grimshaw.

It quite often is a struggle to get doctors to rural America. Grimshaw believes this program will help with that. 

"We truly believe that this rural training program will help create new capacities,  it'll create next generation physicians that are willing, able and equipped to practice for a career in rural North Dakota," says Grimshaw. 

The end goal of the project is when a resident finishes this program they are equipped to thrive as doctors in a smaller community.

The interview process begins next week. This first year, the hospital hopes to take on two residents. Ultimately, in the future, Mercy hopes to have six permanent residents.

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