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 scheduled:

  1. Boise VAMC: Contact Julie Thompson ( | 208.422.1000, ext. 4166) 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 Julie 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 Julie know when you were fingerprinted and where the ID badge was issued.

  2. St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center & Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center: Students on the Boise VA surgery clerkship have the opportunity to scrub in for vascular cases at St. Luke’s with Dr. Philippe Masser, and for pediatric cases at Saint Alphonsus with Dr. Adrian Curnow. Students will be contacted by the credentialing specialist at each facility 4-6 week PRIOR to the start of the rotation to with information on the credentialing process. 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) or you will not be allowed in the SLHS OR. Saint Alphonsus requires credentialing 4 week prior to the start of the rotation. Contact Kim Philipps ( | 208.367-2159). Students must arrange a time with Ms. Philipps to get their badge in person.

One week prior to your rotation you will recieve 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. 4166
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.