The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) is made up of 48 residents, and over 20 faculty physicians, including a psychiatrist, two psychologists and a variety of support staff all devoted to our mission of serving the underserved and medical training. As a student here you will spend the majority of your time in clinic working closely with our faculty and senior residents to solidify and strengthen your clinical skills. You will be involved in as many out-‐patient procedures as possible, including specialty clinics which may include sports medicine, plastics clinic, procedure clinic, etc. Students round with our family medicine service and with our obstetrics team each for one week. Given adequate advance notice (minimum of 4 weeks), a one-‐week rural experience can be arranged. Students are expected to participate in several educational didactic and training sessions. We look forward to helping you have an excellent patient-centered, broad-scope clerkship.
Dr. Kimberly Stutzman, MD, the associate director of education at FMRI, Dr. Timothy DeBlieck, MD, 3rd year site director, and Kaye Nelson, site Coordinator, are responsible for the student coordination and handle the daily student rotation: please contact any of them prior to your rotation to make preliminary arrangements. At least one faculty member or senior resident will always supervise the student. Dr. DeBlieck and Mrs. Nelson are your resource for any concerns you may have during the rotation.
Emerald Clinic: 6094 W. Emerald, Boise, ID 83704
Fort Street Clinic: 121 E. Fort Street, Boise, ID 83712
Meridian Clinic: 2275 S. Eagle Road, Suite 120, Meridian, ID 83642
Superb kayaking in spring and summer, lots of skiing in the winter, great hiking, mountain adventures, mountain biking, excellent fishing, many tennis courts, golf courses, parks, and numerous cultural events.
In the Office: You will work with several different physicians with one as your primary preceptor. Sixty percent of your clinic will be with a resident, 20% with faculty, and the remaining clinic time with a community physician. Most teaching is centered on the problems presented during the day. With clinic patients you will usually take the initial history and do a physical exam, then present your findings, assessment, and plan to your preceptor. Your preceptor will discuss each case with you and see the patient him/herself in all cases. As the faculty determines your competency level and judgment, you will be allowed to assume more responsibility. You are always expected to interrupt faculty for any questions or areas of uncertainty.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in procedures, as they are available. Students will use the electronic medical record to enter their notes after each patient encounter. This record is reviewed and counter-‐signed by the clinical faculty to whom the student is assigned.
Rural Rotation: Many students have enjoyed incorporating a one-‐week rural rotation as part of this clerkship. This involves working very closely with a private family physician in a small rural community providing you with a rich, busy experience. If you are interested, please notify Kaye Nelson well in advance of your clerkship.
In the Hospital: Medical and surgical admissions go to St. Alphonsus, while obstetric and pediatric cases go to St. Luke's. Students present their admissions at hospital rounds the morning after call. Students take medicine call with a resident at St. Alphonsus during their rotation until 11:00 p.m. The OB experience includes one call night where the student is exposed to a labor and delivery experience. Patients admitted by students will continue to be followed by students (i.e., rounded on daily) during the hospital stay.
Please ask your site coordinator for more information.
Two-bedroom apartment which may be shared with another student. Need advance notice for children, but families welcome. No pets. A vehicle is required for this rotation since you may have to travel to any of four clinic sites during the course of your rotation.
Car necessary at the site. Boise is a 9 hour drive from Seattle. No public transportation available.
Some facts about the weather in Boise
- July is the average warmest month.
- The highest recorded temperature was 111°F in 1960.
- The average coolest month is December.
- The lowest recorded temperature was -25°F in 1990.
- The maximum average precipitation occurs in December.
revised April 2016