WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE)


Lewistown, Montana WRITE Site

Medical Arts Building
310 Wendell Ave, Suite 1
Lewistown, MT 59457

Phone: 406-535-6289
Fax: 406-535-2072

Lewistown is an agricultural community located in the middle of Montana in the vast Judith Basin. It began as a small trading post and still features many well-preserved historic businesses and homes. Although mostly rolling prairie, farms and ranches, it features three beautiful mountain ranges, the Snowies, Moccasins, and Judiths, at an elevation of 3,963 feet. In 2010, the population of Lewistown was approximately 5,901. Additional information is available at www.lewistownchamber.com

Primary WRITE Preceptors

Christina Marchion, M.D.
Family Medicine w/ OB

As an undergraduate at Carroll College in Helena, Dr. Marchion majored in biology and minored in Spanish. A Montana WWAMI graduate (and a former Lewistown WRITE student!), she completed her FM residency at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) and an OB Fellowship at the FMRI Magic Valley Rural Training Track. Her favorite thing is spending time with her young family (dogs included!) and the many outdoor adventures available in Montana. Leisure activities include reading and traveling.



Michael E. Sura, M.D.

Family Medicine

Dr. Michael Sura is a family medicine doctor in Lewistown, Montana and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Central Montana Medical Center and Veterans Affairs Montana Health Care System – Fort Harrison. He received his medical degree from University of Nevada School of Medicine.



Participating Community Physicians:
Ben Simpson, M.D. (Family Medicine)
Jacob Forke, M.D. (Family Medicine)
Felipe Martignoni, M.D. (Internal Medicine)


Site Contact:
Torie Poser: tposer@cmmcares.com

Clinic: The Medical Arts Building, located at 310 Wendell Avenue, houses several independent physician offices who work as a team, including a surgeon, a radiologist, a podiatrist and two dentists. Family Medicine physicians cover OB. Primary hospital call is shared with all the primary call physicians. Students also work with family physicians at the Central Montana Community Health Clinic. Lewistown has been a WRITE site since 2005 and hosts R/UOP and TRUST students.

Hospital: Built in 1977, the Central Montana Medical Center (CMMC) is located at 408 Wendell Avenue. This 25-bed critical access hospital, complete with intensive care and cardiac care units, and its 85-bed skilled nursing center provides service to a population spread over 17,000 square miles. It offers 24-hour emergency room and ambulance service and full-range rehabilitation services. CMMC is supported by an active staff of 16 local physicians, and over 13 consulting/visiting staff, who provide regular monthly services at the facility. These services represent most medical specialties. The Medical Center also supports the Basin Medical Center, located in 50 miles west in Stanford, Montana. This rural clinic provides primary care medicine, from chronic problems to acute illnesses and injuries. The hospital’s web site is https://www.cmmc.health/

Nursing Home: Located at the Central Montana Medical Center and adjacent to the Medical Arts Building, the Central Montana Skilled Nursing Center is an 85-bed skilled and intermediate nursing facility that provides 24-hour nursing care, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, restorative care services, an activities program with outings, a geriatric day care program, nutritional consultation and meal planning, gardening opportunities and an outdoor courtyard. Physicians see patients at the nursing home.

What to Expect:
With no psychologists or pediatric or OB/Gyn doctors in town, the Lewistown family medicine physicians offer a traditional family medicine practice, covering all aspects of patient care, from newborn to eldercare. In addition to the FM, Peds, IM, and Psychiatry experiences required by the WRITE program, WRITE students are able to work with other community physicians and in the ER. The Lewistown Community Health Center, led by Dr. Jacob Forke, welcomes WRITE students as well. Consulting specialists visit Lewistown on a regular basis and include a neurologist, orthopedic back surgeon, and two urologists.

Two bedrooms, kitchen, basement with laundry, backyard but no garage. The TRUST student will be in Lewistown sharing house at least one weekend during the WRITE experience. Possible that a R/UOP student will overlap a bit in June. No pets allowed. Situated close to downtown and a running trail. Hospital is one mile away (uphill).

Lewistown is North of I-90, 200 miles northeast of Helena & 125 miles northwest of Billings. Distance from Seattle to Lewistown is 785 miles. To see a map of where we are located and/or get directions from other locations, go to maps.google.com (for directions, click “Get Directions.”

Transportation: There is an airport in Lewistown which provides service through Skyline Aviation, though most travelers flying into Lewistown opt to use the Billings or Great Falls airports. Amtrak service is available across Montana’s Hi-Line with boarding available in Havre, Malta, and other communities.


Extracurricular Activities:
One of the major attractions of Lewistown and the surrounding areas is the opportunity for year-round outdoor recreation. There are bike/hiking trails in and around town, including an extensive line of rails to trails; nearby state and national parks; the hospital has a gym that the students can use for free; skiing at Showdown (two hour drive); lots of snowmobiling in the Snowies and Little Belt mountains; and a new Big Spring Market that has organic food, fresh local produce when available, and fresh bread daily. In addition there is golfing, fishing, hunting, camping, shooting, canoeing, bird watching, rock climbing, skiing, snowmobiling, skating, biking, hiking and wildlife viewing are just a few of the activities which can be done at many nearby sites. Additional sites include the Charlie Russell Chew Choo and historic Lewistown.

Weather Trends:
Average daytime temperature in January is 30° F and the daily temperature averages 70° F in July.