Intermountain Medical Clinic

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Dr. Andrew Thayne, the unit clerkship coordinator will coordinate your clerkship activities and schedule. Other physicians in this practice who participate in teaching in this clerkship include Drs. Kris Walker, Kelli Christensen, Jared Price, and Todd Gillespie. Another local family physician may also help teach, particularly when there are two students.

Students regularly work with two family physicians in the practice and may spend an occasional half-day with other local physicians. This practice demonstrates the major contribution that a group of family physicians can make to health care in a moderate-sized town and adjacent rural areas, which lack physicians. The Pocatello medical community has an active series of didactic sessions. Students usually spend day a week at the Pocatello Family Medicine Residency. Students can expect to spend one day per week with the family medicine residency program. Students can also expect to spend a half day during the six week clerkship with a physical therapist and an orthopedic surgeon. There is one hospital, Portneuf Medical Center that operates two campuses in Pocatello.


Pocatello is a small, but growing city, population 60,000. The major economic base of the community is light manufacturing and industry, and agriculture.

Common Clinic Patients: 

Intermountain Medical Clinic is a multi-specialty partnership practice. All students will be assigned to work at least five weeks in this busy practice. In it you will see the full range of patients and problems and participate in its active in-patient practice. Family practitioners in the group have developed special practice emphases including diabetes, female medicine and obstetrics.

On-Call Duties: 

Students are on call once a week until 10 pm and may work an occasional evening clinic.


New two-bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse with a garage, patio and all the amenities. The townhouse can accommodate a family if there is only one student on the rotation. No pets. Car required.


Some facts about the weather in Pocatello:

  • On average, the warmest month is July.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 104°F in 2000.
  • On average, the coolest month is December.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -33°F in 1985.
  • The maximum average precipitation occurs in May.

Click here for more information on average temperatures and rainfall in Pocatello.