TRUST (Targeted Rural Underserved Track) is an application-based program within Montana WWAMI that gives medical students hands-on experience in nearly a dozen clinics in underserved or rural communities across the state.

After completing the TRUST admission process and being accepted into the program, Montana TRUST scholars are matched with a community in Montana where they will benefit from the expertise of physician preceptors who mentor them over the course of their medical school career. 

The goal of TRUST is to grow Montana’s physician pipeline, deepening connections among medical students, local physician preceptors who help train them, and the patients they serve in rural, underserved communities. The partnership between MSU and UW School of Medicine helps meet the workforce needs of our state.  

For more information and a program overview, please visit UW School of Medicine: TRUST.

How Do I Apply?

Qualified WWAMI applicants can apply to the Montana TRUST program within their secondary application materials.

The secondary application is available only through the University of Washington School of Medicine. 

The Application Process


TRUST applicants must submit all application materials to the UW School of Medicine (UWSOM) Admissions Office by December 1. Materials received after this date will not be considered.

TRUST Interviews

Interviews usually occur in January or February. Please pay close attention to the information provided by UWSOM Admissions once you have been selected for an interview.

Offers of Admission

Montana TRUST Scholars will be notified of their admission status no later than one week after the TRUST interview. Applicants not accepted into the TRUST program will be considered for regular admission into the Montana WWAMI program.

Continuity Community Assignments

While student preferences will be considered, the TRUST Selection Committee will make the final decision on continuity community site assignments in Montana. Montana has rural and small city TRUST continuity community sites, including:

  • Anaconda
  • Butte
  • Dillon
  • Glasgow
  • Hamilton
  • Hardin
  • Lewistown
  • Libby
  • Livingston
  • Miles City
  • Ronan/Polson

For more information, please visit UW School of Medicine: TRUST

Montana TRUST Sites Information 

Map of Montana TRUST site locations coming soon!

Related Links

UW School of Medicine Website: TRUST  

Montana WWAMI Trust Brochure 

Montana WWAMI TRUST Leadership

Montana TRUST Director 

Lisa Benzel

Phone  406.660.0246

Email  [email protected] 

Montana Foundations Site

Martin Teintze, PhD

Phone 406.994.6415

Email  [email protected] 

Montana Clinical Office

Jay Erickson, MD

Phone  406.862.3810

Email  [email protected]