First Things First - SURG 666 - Boise, ID

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Students scheduled in SURG 666 MUST complete all advance paperwork and pre-orientation requirements or they will not be allowed to start the rotation as scheduled:

  1. Boise VAMC: Contact Cody McGee ( | 208.422.1000, ext. 7103) 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 Cody 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 Cody know when you were fingerprinted and where the ID badge was issued.

  2. St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center (SLHS): Students on the Boise VA surgery clerkship have the opportunity to scrub in for vascular cases at St. Luke’s with Dr. Philippe Masser. SLHS has a 3-step credentialing process and the final step MUST be completed 2 weeks prior to the start of your rotation.
    • Contact Cynthia Probasco ( | 208.381.7857) to request the SLHS Student Registration Template
    • Complete and return the Template to Ms. Probasco
    • Additional instructions will be sent along with the Template, be sure to complete each step as directed
    • Failure to complete all steps of the credentialing process will mean you will not be allowed to scrub in at SLHS

  3. Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center: Students on the Boise VA surgery clerkship will scrub for pediatric cases at Saint Alphonsus with Dr. Adrian Curnow. Students will not be contacted by the credentialing office in advance. All students completing clinical clerkships that take place in part or in whole at Saint Alphonsus are expected to complete and return required student credentialing items directly to Saint Alphonsus NO LESS THAN 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF ROTATION START DATE:
    • Access the Saint Alphonsus student website at:
    • Read the Student Orientation Manual; complete and sign the Student Orientation Worksheet found in the manual
    • Complete the Clerkship/Rotation Form (Supervising Physician will sign the form after it is returned to Saint Alphonsus)
    • Complete the Confidentiality Agreement
    • If rotating between Nov 1 – March 31, provide Influenza vaccination verification
    • Return all 3 completed documents to Kim Phillips ( | 208.367-2159) no less than 30 days PRIOR to the start of your rotation
    • Documentation that is not received on time or is incomplete will not be processed and students will not be allowed to rotate at Saint Alphonsus.
    • Note: Letter of Good Standing and Certificate of Liability are provided by UWSOM on your behalf directly to site.

All students spending any time in the OR at Saint Alphonsus (Boise/Nampa), St. Luke’s (Boise/Meridian) or the Boise VA must complete training in preparation for their operating room experience.  Upon completion of the OR training students are issued an identification card which will be accepted at participating medical facilities: Saint Alphonsus – Boise & Nampa; St. Lukes – Boise & Meridian; VA Hospital – Boise.  No one will be allowed into the OR without proof of training. If you have proof of training from one of the other hospitals (St. Luke’s or Boise VA) provide a scanned copy to Kim Phillips via email.

IF YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN THIS TRAINING and will be rotating at a Saint Alphonsus facility, PLEASE CONTACT Holly Kaufman at Saint Alphonsus ASAP to schedule your training
Holly Kaufman, RN, BSN, Nurse Educator, at 208-367-3173.

One week prior to your rotation you will receive an email that will contain orientation information. This will include Zoom connection information for remote access to the presentation. 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 Site Coordinator:
Linda Clark
UW Medical Student Coordinator
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.