Welcome to the Caldwell Rural Training Track (RTT) Family Medicine Residency. The RTT is a branch of the main Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Program that is designed especially for broad-spectrum rural family medicine training. Here in Caldwell, our faculty is passionate about the training of Family Medicine Physicians. We are an unopposed program supported by the entire medical community of Caldwell and the surrounding areas. Therefore, we are able to provide an extremely broad training experience for our residents. Trainees essentially become a member of the medical group when they come to Caldwell as a resident, allowing for great professional and personal flexibility. This is very important because we recognize that balance is necessary to make well-rounded, fulfilled physicians.
The Caldwell RTT began in 1995 with one resident per year, graduating our first resident in 1998. In 2006, due to the program’s success, it was expanded to two residents per year (six residents total). All of our graduates are board certified family medicine physicians. Of our graduates to date, 70% are serving in rural areas.
The first year of training is completed in Boise with the core residency program. The second and third year residents complete their training in Caldwell (about 20 miles west of Boise). Medical students interested in the Caldwell program must submit an application through ERAS separate from the Boise application. Applicants invited to interview in Caldwell will also be interviewing in Boise on the following day.
FMRI is honored to help lead the RTT Collaborative with Dr. Ted Epperly as President and Dr. David Schmitz as Associate Director for Research and Development. The RTT Collaborative is starting with medical education programs, both allopathic and osteopathic and both UME and GME. The purpose of this organization is to sustain health professions education in rural places through mutual encouragement, peer learning, practice improvement, and the delivery of technical expertise in support of a quality rural workforce. The RTT Collaborative is a board directed cooperative. For more information click here.