Geriatric

The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho has created a 12-month ACGME accredited geriatric fellowship for physicians who have completed their three years of family medicine or internal medicine residency training. Fellows will be selected through a competitive application and interview process and must be board certified or eligible for board certification in family medicine. Fellows will be offered the opportunity to work with geriatric experts for one year focusing on the clinical care of older adults.

As a community health center, FMRI provides geriatric care to a broad spectrum of patients: from the fit to the frail, from the independent to the dependent, and to persons from varied social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Training during the fellowship will emphasize comprehensive longitudinal care in patient center medical home model. Training settings include acute care and ambulatory sites, nursing homes and hospice settings. The geriatric fellow will work as part of an interdisciplinary team which includes physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers, clinical psychologist, psychiatric residents, and a dietician as well as other family medicine physicians and family medicine geriatricians.

Application

Applicants must have graduated, or be on track to graduate this year, from a Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Residency Program; and will be expected to obtain an unrestricted Idaho State Medical License and DEA by the beginning of the fellowship. Applications will only be accepted through the ERAS system. Interviews will be scheduled during the fall/winter. Deadline for receiving applications is October 1. After all applicants have been interviewed, the faculty rank applicants in order of preference and submit the list of names to the National Resident Matching Program.

Curriculum

Longitudinal Experiences

  • Full scope family medicine continuity clinic (1 time/week).
  • Focused geriatric continuity clinic (1 time/week).
  • Geriatric assessment and memory cognition clinic (1 time/week occurring at FMRI and the VA).
  • Nursing home rounds (1 time/week).
  • Inpatient Geriatric Consult Service (2-3 times/week).
  • Home visits (approximately 6 times/year).

Block Schedule

  • Rehab (one month).
  • Palliative Care ( 2 one month rotations).
  • Nephrology (2 weeks).
  • Podiatry ( 2 weeks).
  • Geropsychiatry (2 weeks).
  • Long Term Acute Care (2 weeks).
  • Neurology movement disorders clinic (2 weeks).
  • Wound care clinic (2 weeks).
  • Hospice and home care (2 weeks).
  • Geriatrics infectious disease (2 weeks).
  • Urology (2 weeks).
  • Acute Inpatient Care of the elderly (3 one week blocks/year).
  • VA geriatrics (one month).
  • Three - one month electives which may be done away from FMRI.
  • One month for academic project.

Conferences

  • American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting.
  • UCLA Comprehensive Board Review Class in Geriatrics.
  • National Medical Directors (Nursing Home) Association meeting.

Training Facility

Coming Soon

Faculty

Barry Cusack, MD

Faculty

Dr. Cusack graduated from the National University of Ireland in 1980 and completed his internship and training posts in pediatrics and internal medicine in teaching hospitals in Dublin, Ireland. He completed a research fellowship in 1979, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin. In 1982, Chief, Geriatrics Section, Medical Service, and in 1986-95 he was the Co-Director for the VA Fellowship Program in Geriatrics/Gerontology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Boise, Idaho. Professor for the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington since 2007.

Todd Palmer, MD

Geriatric Fellowship Director

Graduated from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Palmer completed his residency at the Family Practice Residency of Idaho in 1989. He then completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington and has achieved added qualifications in geriatric medicine through the American Board of Family Practice. His special interests are geriatrics, the use of computers and handhelds in clinical medicine and residency training, and substance abuse. Dr. Palmer joined FMRI as family medicine faculty in 1998.

Current & Past Fellows

Adam Kipp, MD

Graduate - Practicing Geriatrics in Boise, Idaho

Medical School: Oregon Health Sciences University
Current job: Practicing Geriatrics in Boise, Idaho

Kara Kuntz, MD

2015-2016

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine – Montana WWAMI
Current job: Geriatrician in Boise, ID

Jennifer Lewis, MD

2016-2017