Rural Surgery

During the 4-week clerkship, you will be able to identify and describe the most common surgical problems presenting in the particular community to which you are assigned.

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform a focused history and physical examination on the surgical or potentially surgical patient, including the development of an appropriate differential diagnosis and the formulation of a plan for further workup, preoperative preparation, and operative management as indicated.
  • In the operating room and/or clinic, demonstrate and sharpen skills in basic surgical techniques such as knot-tying, suturing, and limited dissection.
  • At the completion of the clerkship experience, be able to describe the particular challenges of surgery in a relatively rural setting with respect to workup, management, and specialized patient referral.

639 Polson, MT

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please contact Denise Schenkel (denise.schenkel@providence.org | 406.883.8933) for important instructions and information.

 

Report to:
Denise Schenkel or as instructed by site
Location:
 
Providence St. Joes
6 - 13th Ave East
Time:
As instructed by site

640 Dillon, MT

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please contact Kayla Schmid (kschmid@barretthospital.org | 406.683.3291) for important instructions and information.

 

Report to:
Kayla Schmid or as instructed by site
Location:
 
Barrett Hospital and Healthcare
600 MT Highway 91 South
Time:
As instructed by site

641 Glasgow, MT

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please contact Charam Orth (charam.orth@fmdh.org | 406.683.3291) for important instructions and information.

 

Report to:
Charam Orth or as instructed by site
Location:
 
Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital
621 - 2nd St South
Time:
As instructed by site

642 Pullman, WA

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please contact Lindy Wells (lindyw@palousesurgeons.com | 509.338.0632) for important instructions and information.

 

Report to:
Lindy Wells or as instructed by site
Location:
Palouse Surgeons/ Linea Cosmetic Surgery
825 SE Bishop Blvd. Ste 130
Time:
As instructed by site

644 Lewiston, ID

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, 

Contact: Heidi Hardin (Valley Medical Center) (HHardin@valleymedicalcenter.com | 208.298.3105) for important instructions and information.

Five to six weeks prior to your rotation start date,

Contact: Linda Petrie (St. Joseph Regional Medical Center) (lpetrie@sjrmc.org | 208.799.5339) for credentialing paperwork.

* Paperwork must be submitted to Linda NO LESS THAN 4 weeks prior to the start date of the rotation or students will not be allowed to rotate at St. Joseph's.

 

Report to:
Heidi Hardin, or as instructed by site
Location:
Valley Medical Center
2315 8th Street
Time:
As instructed by site

646 Rodney C. Biggs, MD, PC, Gillette, WY

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please contact Katie (Dr. Bigg's assistant) at biggsmd@live.com | 307.682.0026) for important instructions and information.

 

Report to:
Katie, or as instructed by site
Location:
Rodney C. Biggs, MD, PC
1414 W. 4th Street, Gillette, WY 82716
Time:
As instructed by site

647 Powell Valley Clinic, Powell, WY

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please contact Mike Gilmore (mgilmore@pvhc.org | 307.754.7257) for important instructions and information.

 

Report to:
Mike Gilmore, or as instructed by site
Location:
Powell Valley Clinic
450 Mountain View Avenue
Time:
As instructed by site

648 Dr. Lance L. Ercanbrack, MD, Libby, MT

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please contact Tina Carlock (tina@cabinetpeaks.org | 406.283.6800) for important instructions and information.

 

Report to:
Tina Carlock, or as instructed by site
Location:
Lance Ercanbrack, MD, PC
308 Louisiana Avenue, Ste. #1
Time:
As instructed by site

649 Lewistown, MT

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please contact Tori Poser (tposer@cmmccares.com | 406.535.6212) for important instructions and information.

 

Report to:
Tori Poser, or as instructed by site
Location:
Central Montana Medical Center
408 Wendell Ave.
Time:
As instructed by site

650 St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center, Twin Falls, ID

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please send the following forms to the site coordinator, Jennifer Gartner (gartneja@slhs.org |  208-814-0033 | fax: 208-814-0948) at the address below.

Report to:
Jennifer Gartner, or as instructed by site
Location:
St. Luke's Clinic General Surgery, 775 Pole Line Rd. W., Suite 214, Twin Falls, ID 83301
Time:
As instructed by site

693 Johnson County Healthcare, Buffalo, WY (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please contact Laurie Hansen (laurieh@jchealthcare.com) AND Lorri Lutterman (lorril@jchealthcare.com | (307) 684-6220) for important instructions and information. Include the following:

  • Phone/pager number
  • Email address
  • Mini-CV
Report to:
Laurie Hansen, or as instructed by site
Location:
Johnson County Healthcare Center
Time:
8:00am, or as instructed by site

694 Riverton Memorial Hospital, Riverton, WY (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

4wks Four weeks prior to your rotation start date, please send the following forms and information to the site coordinator, Rebecca Smith (rebecca.smith@lpnt.net | 307.857.5241) at the address below.

Report to:
Rebecca Smith, or as instructed by site
Location:
Riverton Memorial Hospital
Time:
As instructed by site
Work Hours Policy
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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.