BILLINGS, Mont. -

A program in Billings that trains family practice physicians has received a $450,000 grant.
    
The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/148nGHU) in a story on Friday that the grant made possible through the Affordable Care Act will allow the Montana Family Residency Program to train three additional residents in family practice medicine.
    
The residency program trains doctors with the goal of getting them to remain in the state.
    
With the grant, the program will have eight positions each year in the three-year program with 24 slots.
    
The residency program is housed at RiverStone Health. President and CEO John Felton says 73 percent of the graduates go on to practice medicine in Montana.
    
He says the state needs family physicians in rural areas.