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UND program to train family medicine doctors in Hettinger, Williston

A state college program will bring future family doctors to train in Hettinger and Williston.

The University of North Dakota announced Thursday it will partner with West River Health Services in Hettinger and Mercy Medical Center in Williston. The first residents will begin July 1, according to a release.

The program requires physicians who have completed medical school to complete a three-year residency to gain board certification in family medicine. Students will spend the first year at the UND Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck and Minot. The final two will be spent in Hettinger and Williston.

Doctors that complete their residency in North Dakota are more likely to stay in the state, said Joshua Wynne, UND vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The program could help keep doctors in the area.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.