Sandpoint Women's Health-OB GYN 690
Sandpoint Women's Health is a single specialty OB/GYN group practice located in Sandpoint, Idaho. There is also a Thursday satellite obstetrics clinic in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, 40 miles to the north of Sandpoint. The clerkship is designed so that the student spends most of their time at the Sandpoint site where all physicians participate in medical student education.
From Spokane proceed to Coeur d'Alene on I-90 east, then north on US 95 from Coeur d'Alene to Sandpoint. Follow the road as it winds through town and take a left onto west Cedar Street, then a right onto north Second Avenue. Park in the parking lot for Creekside Medical Building.
First Day of the Rotation
Plan to meet Helen Parsons at 8 a.m. at Sandpoint Women's Health. Please contact her at least two weeks before rotation for further details:
Please contact Helen Parsons for detailed information on student housing.
Pagers are not required for this rotation; however, students are expected to use their cell phones as they would a pager.
Our clinic is very busy and our practitioners see a wide range of OB/GYN patients. Our clinical and office staff enjoy working with medical students, and we will do our best to help you. Teamwork is an important part of our success as a practice, and we welcome you to our team. Expect to work with each of the physicians at some point during your rotation. This is a clinical site where independence and good clinical and interpersonal skills are required. Remember there are no residents at our clinic site. Our patients are used to seeing their attending physicians and are used to a high level of personal care and a private office setting. Our experience has been that our patients are very accepting of medical students if a high level of professionalism and a professional, respectful demeanor is displayed at all times.
Bonner General Hospital has approximately 48 patient beds, 4 ICU beds, and averages 2,600 admissions a year. There are approximately 1,800 surgeries, 410 deliveries, 415 newborns, and 117 pediatric admissions per year. There are approximately 45 physicians on staff at Bonner General Hospital. Students receive hospital access by completing the required hospital paperwork. The hospital is across the street from the clinic. The in-patient OB/GYN census ranges anywhere from 0-10 patients in-house at any one time.
Sandpoint offers many activities. Sandpoint's lakes, mountains and rivers make for excellent recreation in all four seasons. Sandpoint is also known for its music, arts and culture. There is a thriving arts community and many live musical performances available on a regular basis throughout the year. Additional attractions include swimming and boating on Lake Pend Oreille, Coldwater Creek, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, museums, sleigh rides, fish hatcheries, antiques, and the Panida theater. Downhill skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, which is nine miles from town, runs from approximately Thanksgiving through early April.
Winters are wet with lots of snow and rain. The weather can be very cloudy, although sunny days appear regularly. The average temperatures in the winter are in the 20s and 30s. Summers are warm and sunny with very little rain. Rarely do summer temperatures exceed 90 degrees.