Dynamic Curriculum: Since our mission is to broadly train family physicians for a large scope of practice, we pay particular attention to quality experience in obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, geriatrics, internal medicine, surgery, procedural medicine, and rural rotations. We provide training opportunities in the R-2 and R-3 years to rotate for one month at a time into rural Idaho communities for rural experience, as well as a two-week block in the first year.
Patient Volume: In order to ensure competence, our family medicine residents get a tremendous volume of patients on each rotation. We have approximately 55,000 outpatient visits and 15,000 inpatient visits per year. We have over 1,300 medicine admissions, 2,000 pediatric and newborn admissions, and over 1,000 deliveries annually.
Excellent Faculty: FMRI has a diverse team that provides a rich training environment. We have 22 family physician faculty with 11 additional faculty in behavioral science, pharmacology, psychiatry, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, nutrition, sports medicine, and HIV primary care, five physician assistants, two PharmD, five medical social workers, one psychologist, three nurse practitioners, and one certified nurse midwife. All of these people are tremendously dedicated and committed to family medicine education.
Outstanding Residents: We have a long history of recruiting excellent residents who are committed to rural and underserved Family Medicine and the precepts of caring for people in small communities. This brings together a rich blend of superb residents that become colleagues in training.
Excellent Support Staff: From our administration to our nurses, to our clerks; we have a team of dedicated personnel who enjoy working with family medicine residents and caring for our patients. This provides a tremendous amount of support to residents as they advance through our three-year program.
Excellent Hospitals: We have wonderful support from both Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Centers and the Boise Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s are the two largest hospitals in our state and collectively have over 800 beds. The Boise VA sponsors a transitional and internal medicine program that is unique to the VA hospital. West Valley Medical Center serves as the anchor for our rural training track in Caldwell. The St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center serves as our anchor hospital for our rural training track in the Twin Falls/Jerome, Idaho area
Future of Family Medicine: FMRI is deeply committed to the transformational changes needed to bring the latest information technology into the Residency to maximize the care of our patients. Electronic Medical Records, open access scheduling, e-mail visits, group visits, and the innovative development of the integrative healing relationships are major goals of the Residency.
Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH): FMRI is all over the PCMH. The integrative model of patient-centered team-based care, patient registries, and high-quality accessible care is important to us at FMRI.
Electronic Medical Records: We are using the Logician/Centricity EMR by General Electric. This state-of-the art EMR is the industry leader and will be a great asset to help residents learn, provide quality patient care, and be a part of the new model of family medicine.
Broad Based Community Support: The program receives tremendous support from community physicians, the Ada County Medical Society, the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, the Idaho Medical Association, the Idaho Hospital Association, the Governor, and the Idaho State Legislature. All are deeply committed to family medicine education.
Stability of Program: FMRI has a 39-year history of producing excellent family physicians with 293 graduates to date. One fifty-seven or (54%) of graduates remain in Idaho; of those who remain, 64 or (41%) practice in rural or underserved Idaho.
University of Washington Affiliation: We are a community-based, university-affiliated program with the University of Washington. This allows us support from the University without the hierarchy and administrative entanglements of a university environment. The University of Washington has been the top-ranked primary care and family medicine medical school in the United States for the last 19 years. It is wonderful to have this network of support behind the Residency.
Clinic Diversity: FMRI provides care for a host of patients from Somalia, Sudan, Bosnia, Russia, Ukraine, and numerous countries in Eastern Europe, South America, Central America, and Africa. There are 47 different languages spoken in the clinic, which creates a tremendous multicultural educational environment. Boise also is home to several refugee relocation centers.
Rural Training Tracks: The program is proud to sponsor two rural training tracks. The first rural training track is in Caldwell, Idaho, located 30 miles from Boise. The first year of training takes place in Boise and the second and third years of training are in Caldwell. The second rural training track is located in Southern Idaho in communities of Twin Falls and Jerome, Idaho which are located about 130 miles south east of Boise. The Caldwell rural training track has three residents per year in each class. The Magic Valley rural training track (Twin Falls/Jerome) has two residents per year in each class.
Sports Medicine Fellowship: FMRI sponsors a sports medicine fellowship for those who are interested in additional sports medicine training; the Fellowship augments the education of all family medicine residents.
HIV Services Clinic: FMRI sponsors an HIV Services Clinic. The program receives federal funding under Title III of Ryan White Care Act. Our residents receive training in HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C management. We care for over 600 patients with HIV/AIDS.
Additional Fellowships: The Residency has offer for three years a HIV/AIDS Primary Care Fellowship. This is one of only three in the nation. FMRI is also contemplating the development of new fellowships in geriatrics, rural, OB, and wilderness medicine. Our city and community hospitals clearly can support this and these all fit with the mission of our program.
New Work Hours and Supervision: AFMRI has implemented the new ACGME work hours and supervision guidelines for internal medicine, obstetrics, and pediatric services. These call guidelines optimize resident learning experiences, minimize on-call fatigue, provides additional call-free weekends, and helps to maintain balance in residents’ personal and professional lives.
Boise, Idaho: Boise is a fabulous city. Located in southwestern Idaho, it is the state’s capital and business hub. Boise has been voted one of the most livable city in the United States by Forbes magazine. There is a tremendous pride in this state of people who love the land and love the seasons.
I hope this affords you a brief glance of multiple highlights of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. We are extremely proud of our program and believe that there is a tremendous amount of opportunity for excellent education and personal growth that you would enjoy as well.