Neurology 647

Boise, ID

901 N Curtis Rd, Suite 403
Boise, ID 83706
Site Director: Dr. Jackie Whitesell
Phone: 208-367-7272
Office contact: Brenda McCord, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 208-367-8734


4 Weeks Prior To Arrival

  1. Saint Alphonsus RMC Medical Affairs Required Paperwork: Students need to contact Saint Alphonsus Medical Affairs office 4 weeks prior to the start of the course to obtain and submit required paperwork for the hospital: Contact: Saint Alphonsus Medical Affairs office at 208-367-6080.
  2. Student should contact the site 3-4 weeks prior to the start date for information on when and where to report on day one.

Travel & Housing

Travel: Contact Dr. Whitesell ’s office for driving directions. You will receive mileage reimbursement for one roundtrip to and from Boise. Contact Scott Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text88471); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange for travel reimbursement.

Housing: Housing can be arranged through the Idaho WWAMI Office. Please contact  Adriana Olivas at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 208-364-4544.


Orientation, First Day & What To Bring

Clerkship orientation: You will need to view the away student orientation video on the Distance Learning page. You willl need to refer to your Pocket Syllabus (see below) when viewing the video.

First day: Please contact Brenda McCord in Dr. Whitesell's office to find out when and where to report on your first day.

Equipment to bring: White coat and name tag, reflex hammer, tuning fork (128Hz), stethoscope,
(Ophthalmoscope recommended).

Pocket syllabus: A “pocket syllabus” will be mailed to you. A printable (PDF) version is also available on the Pocket Syllabus page.


Course Requirements

Course requirements are listed below. Refer to the Distance Learning page for due dates.

Cases: Two case write-ups are due each week. Further information is available in the orientation video and on the Cases page. Your assigned case numbers are on the Distance Learning page. Please note that your assigned case numbers are different than for the Seattle-based students. Weekly case answers and video lectures will be available on the Distance Learning page on Thursdays after 1PM.

Patient log: You are required to log in the patients you have seen each week. The log is described in the clerkship orientation video. Additional details are on the Patient Log page.

Clinical & Bioethical CEX exercises: You are required to do both a clinical and a bioethical mini-CEX for this course. See the Mini-CEX page for details.

Presentations: Presentation requirements are described in the orientation video and are available on the Presentations page.

Final exam: Your final exam will be held in Boise unless you tell the clerkship director otherwise.  The Idaho WWAMI office will contact you about the place and time of the exam.  Contact number for Idaho WWAMI is 208-364-4544. See the Final Exam page for information about the exam.


About The Site

Dr. Whitesell’s practice is predominantly outpatient. Office hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. However, one week a month Dr. Whitesell is the neurohospitalist from 7am until 7pm daily. During this week, you will be expected to see new inpatient consults and/or round on existing neurology inpatients during Dr. Whitesell’s inpatient week. You are not expected to be on call during the weekends or at night and typically your inpatient responsibilities can be completed between 9-5pm. You will initially see new patients and inpatient/ER consults on your own and then present patients and your impressions as well as a differential diagnosis to Dr. Whitesell.

St. Alphonsus is a regional stroke center and therefore a busy hospital. The Neurology service evaluates and makes decisions regarding intravenous and intra-arterial TPA administration. There is a monthly stroke case review conference on the third Wed morning of every month that is very educational to attend where all TPA cases are reviewed.

The outpatient neurology experience allows you to see a variety of adult and some pediatric neurological disorders. Dr. Whitesell does travel to Nampa, ID for an outreach clinic 1-2 Weds per month. Dr. Whitesell also goes to the Elks Rehab hospital in Boise for an ALS clinic and MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) two days per month. You will have the opportunity to also attend these clinics or arrangements can be made for you to be assigned to an Epileptologist, Neurosurgeon, or a Pediatric Neurologist. Please discuss this with Dr. Whitesell on your first day so that these rotations can be organized to try to satisfy your interests.

You will evaluate and present select new patients to Dr. Whitesell during outpatient clinic. You will be supplied with a guide regarding what is expected to be included in the history and physical examination. You are expected to present a differential diagnosis and the most likely diagnosis in each case. Each new patient is allotted a 1-hour slot so you will be given 30 minutes on your own with the patient to obtain the history and physical. The remaining time is spent in presentation, re-evaluation with Dr. Whitesell and if time allows, discussion of the case immediately after the evaluation (if we are running behind this is done a little later in the day). You will also be given 1-2 topics per week usually based on an interesting patient seen that week. A short (5 min) presentation will be expected weekly.

There is a computer with Internet access available to you while in the office. The office has a microwave oven and refrigerator for your use. You will also have a desk or table to place your things and to use as your home base. We look forward to having you at our Boise office.