South Central Idaho, commonly known as the “Magic Valley” due to the phenomenal growth of crops, is now also “magic” due to the medical community and the extremely broad training offered here. Residents will become a member of the physician team serving the rural community of Jerome while having the benefit of rotations with specialists in the referral community of Twin Falls, located only 15 miles away. The flexibility and adaptation of this program to both the professional and personal needs of the residents is aimed to achieve the balance necessary to create patient oriented, well-prepared, fulfilled family physicians. Our program offers strong training in maternity care and medical/surgical procedures.
The Magic Valley RTT began in 2009 with one resident per year, graduating our first resident in 2012. The first year of training completed in Boise with the core residency program. The second and third year residents complete their training in Magic Valley (about 120 miles east of Boise). In the sister RTT program in Caldwell, (established in 1995), all our graduates are board certified, and of fifteen graduates to date, 80% are practicing in Idaho and 70% are serving in rural areas. Medical students interested in the Magic Valley RTT program must submit an application through ERAS with details included in the Boise application. Applicants invited to interview for the Magic Valley RTT will also be interviewing in Boise at the core residency program.
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.