Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
RURAL TRAINING TRACKS
Magic Valley, Idaho
The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho was established in 1975 in Boise, Idaho. A rural training track program was started in 1995 located in Caldwell, Idaho. In 2009, a new rural training track was created for the Magic Valley (Twin Falls/Jerome) area. These three community-based programs currently have 47 residents, and will be accepting 16 new residents per year (11 - Boise program; 3 – Caldwell rural training track; 2 – Magic Valley rural training track) through the National Resident Matching Program. In addition, a fourth year accredited Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is available through FMRI and functionally integrated with Idaho Sports Medicine Institute (ISMI), as well as a HIV Primary Care Fellowship and a new Geriatric Fellowship. The mission of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho is to enhance the health of the citizens of Idaho by providing family medicine resident physicians with three years of high quality education with a strong focus on the demands and opportunities of rural and underserved family medicine.
To date, 293 family medicine physicians have graduated, including 21 graduates from the rural training track in Caldwell and 4 graduates from the rural training track in the Magic Valley. Our five programs are ACGME accredited and are affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. The programs are sponsored by local hospitals: Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, St Luke's Regional Medical Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Jerome in the Magic Valley.
Family Medicine Clinics
The Family Medicine Health Center is the clinic for the Boise Program and operates at five sites: the main residency clinic and 4 satellite clinics which have family medicine along with specialty OB and pediatric clinics. Faculty and residents provide well over 55,000 outpatient visits per year at FMRI. During their three years, residents have increasing responsibilities in patient care, management of their own continuing education, and participation in the management of the Family Medicine Health Center. The residency strives to help these physicians develop a career lifestyle that will provide them with long-term satisfaction and productivity in the practice of family medicine. Medical students, PA, NP, and PharmD students along with psychiatry residents work alongside family medicine residents providing strong team training.
Curriculum and Rotations
Our focus is to train superb family medicine physicians in a stimulating and supportive environment. The curriculum is designed to prepare residents for the unique demands and opportunities of medical leadership in rural practice, and therefore includes an emphasis in obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and surgical assisting that is not found in many other programs.
For two weeks in their first year, and for four weeks in their second and third years, residents have a required rural rotation where they spend time with a family physician in rural practice in Idaho to learn first hand the unique challenges and rewards of practice in a smaller community. The experience helps the resident determine his/her own areas of need to help tailor the remainder of the curriculum and choose electives as appropriate for their future practice.
FMRI has twenty-two family medicine faculty with eleven supporting faculty in specialties such as psychiatry, internal medicine, OB/GYN, surgery, pediatrics, and infectious disease as well as PharmD, nutrition, social work, PA and NP faculty. The residency program is also rich with the contributions from many community physicians who precept residents and assist in their training.
Boise is the capital of Idaho with a population of 210,000 and a metro area of 616,500. Located in the southwest corner of the state, Boise is the commercial, educational and cultural center for the region and enjoys many of the amenities of a much larger city. The surrounding countryside provides biking, fishing, skiing, hiking, rafting, kayaking, and other outdoor activities all within a short driving distance. The climate is temperate with warm, dry summers and mild winters.
Rural Training Track
Now looking forward to accepting its 20th class of residents, this 1-2 RTT located in Caldwell, Idaho was established in 1995 and has consistently prepared residents for a variety of practice settings, emphasizing a rural scope of practice and a mentoring learning environment. With the first year spend in Boise and three residents per class joining the team in Caldwell for the PGY2 and PGY3 years, RTTs offer a uniquely adaptable option within the FMRI programs.
Rural Training Track
Magic Valley (Twin Falls/Jerome), Idaho
In 2009, a new rural training track was created for the Magic Valley (Twin Falls/Jerome) area. After completing the first year in Boise, this RTT offers two residents per class the opportunity to practice in a Critical Access Hospital setting in Jerome, Idaho as well as experiencing rotations and clinics a short distance away at the regional medical center in Twin Falls, Idaho. To learn more about RTTs, visit www.traindocsrural.org or simply contact us at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.
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