Intermountain Medical Clinic

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Site Details: 

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, Brandon Mickelsen, Travis Nielsen, Blaine Olsen, John Fenstermaker, and Zach Warnock.

Students regularly work with two or more 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 one day a week at the Pocatello Family Medicine Residency, often in didactic teaching sessions or working with physicians in one of the outreach clinics offered (ie HIV, Women’s Prison, Juvenile Detention). 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, a new state-of-the-art facility where students can participate in admissions in the emergency room and rounding with the inpatient team.

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Pocatello is a small, but growing city, population 60,000. The major economic base of the community is light manufacturing and industry, and agriculture.
Pocatello is home to Idaho State University. In an effort to support the community and promote wellness, InterMountain Medical hosts a Fun Run in June. Some of the physicians are also involved in helping (and running) in the Pocatello Marathon each year.
The Portneuf Wellness Complex an 80-acre, $10-million outdoor complex featuring seven multi-use fields, four sand volleyball courts, three basketball courts, miles of paved walkways, an amphitheater that will seat up to 10,000 people, and a 6.35-acre urban fishing pond is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015. The complex is located across the street from InterMountain Medical Clinic. Pocatello is within a few hours of Yellowstone Park, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole and Salt Lake City’s ski resorts.
Check out Idaho’s outdoor activities--hiking, fishing, mountain biking, backpacking, and skiing—all within 15 minutes of Pocatello.

Common Clinic Patients: 

InterMountain Medical Clinic is a family medicine clinic owned by the physicians. All students will be assigned to work with various physicians in this busy practice. In it you will see the full range of patients and problems and be able to participate in its active in-patient practice. Family practitioners in the group have developed special practice emphases including diabetes, female medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, osteoporosis, geriatrics, hospice, and faculty development.

On-Call Duties: 

Students are on call once a week for admissions from the emergency room until 10 pm and may work an occasional evening urgent care clinic.


Newer two bedroom, two bathroom townhouse with a garage, patio and all the amenities. Washer and dryer, central vacuum, cable TV and high speed wireless internet, dishwasher, full size stove, refrigerator and microwave, children’s playground and outside basketball court. The house is furnished; new living room furniture, bedding, cookware, dishes, towels, sheets, and ironing board. Arrangements for spouse or family can be made with the site coordinator and other student sharing the rotation. The apartment is located within three miles of the clinic, four miles of the hospital and close to shopping and restaurants. No pets please. 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.