First Things First - SURG 666 - Boise, ID

Four to six weeks prior to the start of your rotation, students scheduled for Surgery at the Boise VAMC MUST complete all advance paperwork and pre-orientation requirements or they will not be allowed to start the rotation as sceduled:

  1. Boise VAMC: Contact Tammy Lanning ( | 208.422.1000, ext. 7293) at the Boise VA Education Division for required paperwork and fingerprints for a federal background check. If you are not near a VA facility, let Tammy know so that arrangements can be made to send you a manual fingerprint card. This should be done no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of rotation, as it can take an additional 2-4 weeks for background checks to be processed. The Boise VA will not issue ID badges or grant computer access until all components are complete. If you have a current VA ID badge, or have been issued one in the past, let Tammy know when you were fingerprinted and where the ID badge was issued.

  2. St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center: Boise students also need to be credentialed at SLHS in order to scrub in for vascular & pediatric cases scheduled at that location. SLHS has a 3-step credentialing process and the final step MUST be completed 2 weeks prior to the start of your rotation, or you will not be allowed in the SLHS OR. Contact Cynthia Probasco ( | 208.381.7857) at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the rotation to begin the credentialing process.

One week prior to your rotation you will recive another email that will contain Orientation information. This will include time, location and what to expect on your first day. Please also check the information under the main "Clerkship" tab at the top of this page. Choose "Orientation" in the dropdown menu.

For housing, directions or clerkship specific information, contact the Boise VAMC Site Coordinator:
Linda Clark
UW Medical Student Coordinator
VAMC MSO (111)
500 W. Fort Street
Boise, ID 83702
phone: 208.422.1000, ext. 7642
Work Hours Policy

The goals of the medical students and the faculty of the School of Medicine are one and the same: to get the best medical education possible while not ignoring overall health and happiness. Attention needs to be paid to both duty/work hours and personal time.

Work hours rules have been developed for residents, but similar rules have not been developed for medical students. There are obvious differences in terms of goals, reimbursement, and responsibilities between residents and students. Nonetheless, some guidelines for students apply.