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Boise Residency

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) offers excellent clinical training with superb patient volumes in all clinical areas. The vision of our program is to produce outstanding family physician leaders for their communities. The mission of our program is to train outstanding broad spectrum family medicine physicians to work in under-served and rural areas.  To serve the vulnerable populations of Idaho with high quality, affordable care provided in a collaborative work environment.

We Believe the Heart of Healthcare Education is Service to Others. FMRI has an extremely talented faculty that consists of Family Medicine Physicians, Pediatricians, Obstetricians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Physician Assistants, a Nurse Practitioner and Pharm Ds to create the team environment needed to train a family medicine physician. We are also supported by three excellent training medical centers, a committed state legislature, and the backing of the Idaho Medical Association, the Idaho Hospital Association, the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, and the Ada County Medical Society to ensure superb Family Medicine education. We hope that the information presented here stimulates your interest in our program and that you will want to know more about becoming a part of FMRI.


The curriculum is designed to broadly prepare the physician for Family Medicine in a rural or underserved setting. Therefore, it includes a strong emphasis in medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, behavioral medicine and surgical procedures and assisting that is not found in many other programs. During their three years the residents have increasing responsibilities in patient care, management of their own continuing education, and participation in the management of the Family Medicine Health Center. They also participate in organized medicine and various committee functions within the hospitals, the communities, the state, and the nation. The Residency strives to help our physicians develop a sustainable medical lifestyle that will provide them with long term satisfaction and deep meaning and inspiration in the practice of Family Medicine. Curriculum

PGY-1 FMHC 1-2 half days per week, 4-6 patients per half day

IM/FM Inpatient8/8Saint Alphonsus/VA
Inpatient Obstetrics 8St. Luke's
Inpatient Pediatrics 8St. Luke's
Behavioral Health
Sports Medicine
Family Medicine Clinic
Rural Rotation

PGY-2 FMHC 2-3 half days per week, 7-9 patients per half day

IM/FM Inpatient12Saint Alphonsus
Maternal Child Health - Inpatient12St. Luke's
Emergency Medicine4St. Luke's
Peds Hospital
2/2St. Luke's
ICU4Saint Alphonsus
Rural Rotation4Away
Community Med
Behavioral Health

PGY-3 FMHC 2-4 half days per week, 10 patients per half day

IM/FM Inpatient8Saint Alphonsus
Maternal Child Health - Inpatient4-8St. Luke's
Outpatient Peds4Office
Emergency Medicine6Saint Alphonsus /
St. Luke's
Rural Rotation4Away
Inpatient Selective0-4TBD
Pediatric Hospitalist2-4St. Luke's
Geriatrics / Cardiology2/2Office/Saint Alphonsus


Ted Epperly, MD

President and CEO

Dr. Epperly is the President and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, a large Federally Qualified Teaching Health Center comprised of nine FQHC clinics, four ACGME family medicine residency programs, and five fellowships. He received an undergraduate degree in Biology and Anthropology from Utah State University in 1976. He Graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1980.  Dr. Epperly completed his residency in Family Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington in 1983. He completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina in 1986 and achieved an additional CAQ in Geriatrics.

Dr. Epperly retired July 2001 as Colonel after serving 21 years in the United States Army.  Dr. Epperly served as the past President and Board Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  He is a past member of the ACGME Board of Directors that has responsibility of all residency and fellowship training for over 125,000 residents and fellows of all specialties in the United States and currently is the vice-chair of the ACGME Policy Committee.  He currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the Board for the Healthcare Transformation Council of Idaho that is in charge of helping transform healthcare for the State of Idaho.  Dr. Epperly is the Graduate Medical Education Coordinator for the State of Idaho and the author of the State of Idaho’s Ten Year GME Plan to build a vibrant and robust GME system for Idaho.

Dr. Epperly is a member of multiple other Boards of Directors and the President of several non-profit organizations.  He has published over 50 articles and book chapters and he is a staunch supporter of Family Medicine education, research, and both rural and underserved health care. His award-winning book Fractured: America’s Broken Health Care System and What Must Be Done to Heal It provides excellent insight to the U.S healthcare system and can be found on Amazon.com.

He and his wife Lindy celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary in September 2020 and have two sons. Outside of medicine, his interests include golf, skiing, fly-fishing, reading and sports memorabilia.

Justin Glass, MD

Program Director Boise

Graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1997, Dr. Glass completed his residency training through Providence – St. Peter Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Olympia, Washington in 2000. He subsequently went to work for the Navajo Area Indian Health Service in Shiprock, NM as a medical officer. In this capacity he provided broad spectrum family medicine care for five years. After a three year stint on the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, he joined the faculty of FMRI in October 2008. He served as the associate director before becoming the program director in 2013. His passion is helping family medicine residents individualize their training within a broad scope of practice family medicine residency program. He and his wife Marci (a Presbyterian minister) have a son in graduate school and a son who is a senior in college. In his free time he can often be found running the Boise foothills trails in training for his next ultra run.

Suzanne Allen, MD

Vice Dean, Academic, Rural & Regional Affairs, UW SOM

As the Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM), Dr. Allen works broadly across academic affairs and regional affairs to enhance the excellence of medical education for the UWSOM and the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region. Dr. Allen grew up in Washington, attended the University of Washington as an undergraduate, and George Washington University for her medical education, before completing her Family Medicine Residency at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB. Following four years of active duty practicing at Ellsworth AFB and Andrews AFB, she joined the FMRI faculty. She enjoys reading, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Marvin Alviso, MD

Family Medicine, HIV & Viral Hepatitis

Dr. Alviso was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He completed his BS in Biology from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila Philippines. He then continued on to complete his medical degree at the same University. He moved to Saginaw, Michigan in 2008 for his residency in Family Medicine at Synergy Medical Education Alliance and concentrated on HIV care for most of his electives. Dr. Alviso became a board certified Family Physician in 2010. He then relocated to Boise, ID to complete a 4th year post graduate fellowship from Family Medicine Residency of Idaho for HIV for Primary Care. He received AAHIVM certification in 2011 and continues to carry this certification. He is currently doing HIV Primary care, family practice, and Refugee Health Screening. Marvin is also passionate about providing primary care for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender population.

Elizabeth Atnip, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Atnip was born and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania (sweetest place on earth!).  She attended Penn State University for both undergraduate and medical school, and then headed west for broad spectrum residency training at FMRI.  During her time here, she fell in love with Boise and its people, so decided to stay on as faculty after graduating in 2018.   In addition to her faculty position she is also in the process of finishing a remote fellowship in Integrative Medicine through University of Arizona.  Outside of work she enjoys playing music and volleyball, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her partner Josh and their two pups.

Justin Bailey, MD

Family Medicine, Procedural Institute Director

Dr Bailey is a graduate of The Medical College of Wisconsin in 2003, and the Eglin Air Force Base Family Medicine Residency (Ft Walton Beach, Florida). Three years and 4 hurricanes later he moved to California to join the teaching staff at the David Grant Family Medicine Residency. He completed a faculty development fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill in 2008. Additionally he deployed to Iraq and Haiti. Interests along the way have included any and all procedures (currently the endoscopy director for FMRI), research into the health benefits of marriage and social relationships, and evidence based family medicine. Outside of work Dr. Bailey spends all his time modifying Nerf Guns, understanding the intricacies of a properly planned tea party, and constantly justifying the need for more novelty ice cream treats with his rock star wife, Holly, and 5 amazing kids.

Mary Barinaga, MD

Assistant Dean, University of Washington

Dr. Barinaga grew up in a sheep ranching family in Cambridge, Idaho and is a graduate of The College of Idaho and the University of Washington School of Medicine. After completing residency at FMRI in 1998, she spent the next 12 years practicing rural family medicine on the Coeur d’ Alene Indian Reservation in Plummer. In 2010, she returned to Boise as faculty for FMRI and also works as Assistant Dean for Regional Affairs for the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Barinaga is active in organized medicine and is passionate about teaching. When she is not working, you can find Dr. Barinaga with her husband Doug playing in the mountains or rafting Idaho’s whitewater.

Allison Bastian, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Bastian grew up just north of Dallas, TX. She graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT with a degree in philosophy. She then got a Masters in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. After completing a post-bacc at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, she went on to medical school at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, graduating in 2013. After completing residency here in 2016, she stayed on to join the faculty.  She absolutely loves the residency and wants to care for her panel of patients here forever.

Penny Beach, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Beach grew up in Ohio and Maryland before moving to New England, where she attended Williams College and worked for 7 years as a newspaper reporter. She then attended Dartmouth Medical School and did her family medicine residency at FMRI, graduating in 2001. She spent over 8 years working with mostly uninsured patients and Spanish-speaking migrant farm workers in Nampa, Idaho before joining FMRI in 2010. She is married with 2 children. In her spare time she loves backpacking, playing the piano, nordic skiing, watching Boston Red Sox games, and her newest sport – curling. Dr. Beach’s curricular interests include hepatology, hepatitis C, and rheumatology.

Amanda Berbert, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Berbert grew up in Hawaii and Utah.  She attended Brigham Young University for her undergraduate education and went to University of Utah for medical school.  She then completed her residency at Valley Family Medicine in Washington, where she was Chief Resident during her last year.  Upon completion of her residency training, she happily joined the faculty at FMRI in 2018.  Dr. Berbert loves taking care of entire families, including a special interest in pediatrics and obstetrics.  Outside of medicine, she loves eating, traveling, doing pilates, kayaking, playing the piano, and hanging out with her husband and baby girl.

Susan Bradford, MD


Dr. Susan Bradford grew up in Alabama and worked as a chemist in Kalamazoo, MI, prior to deciding she preferred people to test tubes. She then attended Medical School at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Bradford completed her residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital at University of Washington, where she played an active role in the WWAMI Program and spent two months at the Pocatello Children’s Clinic as part of her residency. After residency, Dr. Bradford returned back to Alabama to be close to family.  However, she missed the West and returned to Pocatello for 12 years prior to relocating to Boise to work with Meridian Pediatrics in 2010.

Soon after arriving in Pocatello, Dr. Bradford became disheartened by the number of women who used substances during pregnancy and saddened by the fact that there was little treatment available to these women even when they wanted it.  Through an AAP CATCH grant, she was able to work with other concerned members of the community to investigate the scope of the problem. As a result of this community effort, a day treatment program for parenting women was developed in Pocatello. Many of these women shared that their drug abuse resulted from sexual abuse that occurred in their childhood or adolescence. As a result, Dr. Bradford became interested in doing what she could to break the cycle of this very pervasive problem in pediatric patients.  She was fortunate to be able to spend sabbatical time with the Safe and Healthy Families Team at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, learning how to evaluate and treat children who have been victimized by sexual and physical abuse. While she enjoys all aspects of pediatric practice, working with abused children was an arena that allowed her to feel that she made a difference by helping healing to occur in a child’s life.

Dr. Bradford was Idaho Pediatrician of the Year for 2006. She currently serves as a board member for the Perinatal Project and is on the Governor’s Children At Risk Task Force and Idaho’s Child Fatality Review Team.

Dr. Bradford enjoys hiking, cycling, Cross country skiing and just being outdoors in the beautiful state of Idaho. She also enjoys gardening and when she has time she likes to read and decorate cakes and cookies.

Dr. Bradford is Board Certified in Pediatrics.

Perry Brown, MD


Graduated from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine in 1995, Dr. Brown completed his Pediatric Residency at the Children’s Hospital/University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO in June of 1998. After completing residency Dr. Brown was a general pediatrician for seven years at the Saltzer Medical Group in Nampa and Meridian, ID. Additionally, he has served as Co-Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho since January, 2001. Dr. Brown joined the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in May of 2004. Since that time he has made continuous improvement of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho’s Pediatric curriculum his highest professional goal. He is active in public advocacy for children’s health and serves on several Idaho Medicaid committees and state commissions.

Kara Cadwallader, MD

Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest/Hawaiian Islands

After graduating from The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine in 1995, Dr. Cadwallader completed her residency at Tacoma Family Medicine, Tacoma, Washington in 1998. Prior to joining FMRI in 2001, Dr. Cadwallader was an assistant clinical professor and primary care provider in Santa Rosa, California. She completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at The University of Washington, with a focus on teaching application of evidence –based medicine. In addition to her faculty role, she is Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, which encompasses Idaho, Alaska, Washington, Indiana, Kentucky, and Hawaii. Medical interests include women’s health and family planning, behavioral sciences, and academic writing. She enjoys water and snow skiing, cycling, reading fiction and short stories and travel. She has three children.

Chelsea Carlson, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Carlson grew up in SW Michigan. She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and traveled to Pacific Lutheran University for her undergraduate studies. She split her time between the chemistry lab and the cross country course and studied abroad in French-speaking places as often as possible.

She studied gender, health and development in Mali and worked with the Mali Rural Water Project, which sparked her interest in rural health delivery. She returned to the US and started working for Northwestern University in Chicago in translational research and then continued her medical school career there. At Northwestern she was drawn to high-acuity, whole person care, but it was in her husband Justin’s hometown of Sitka, Alaska that she fell in love with the breadth and depth of family medicine.

She loved training at FMRI and was offered her dream job as faculty where she focuses on the inpatient family medicine and critical care rotations. Working with and supporting residents and medical students at this intense time of their training is her favorite part of the job. She loves her clinic home base at Emerald where she cares for a truly global community. Justin works as a chemical engineer at Micron, and together with their daughters Tove and Marit, they can be found hiking in the Idaho wilderness, cooking from their garden, and laughing at the girls’ latest antics.

Loren Colson, DO

Family Medicine

Dr. Colson grew up just outside of Portland, Oregon in the town of Lake Oswego. He moved to the Los Angeles area to complete his undergraduate education at Azusa Pacific University and ended up staying there for the next 10 years. He went on medical missions to India and Bangladesh during his undergraduate years, and with his newfound interest in global health, attended the University of Southern California upon graduation where he earned a Masters of Science in Global Medicine. There he met his wife Kristin who now works for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Colson earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and upon graduating set his sights back on the Northwest.

He managed to convince his born-and-raised LA wife to move with him to Boise, Idaho, and they couldn’t be happier. He completed his residency at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in 2018, and stayed on as faculty. Dr. Colson is a National Health Service Corps scholar and is committed to providing healthcare to the underserved. He has specific interests in women’s healthcare, global medicine, and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He practices full spectrum Family Medicine including inpatient, OB, and outpatient care at his home clinic on Emerald Street. He is also adjunct faculty at the new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine where he teaches Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. In their free time, he and Kristin can most likely be found at a local brewery or out in the wilderness playing with their dog-child Indy.

Jennifer Cook, MD

Associate Program Director - Boise / OB Fellowship Director

Dr. Jennifer Cook grew up in Boise, Idaho, and then moved east for schooling, attending Johns Hopkins University for undergraduate and Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina for medical school. After a quick consideration of going into Orthopedics, she regained her senses and matched into the Family Medicine Residency at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, where she served as Chief Resident from 2003-04. She then moved closer to home, completing an OB Fellowship at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA. After joining the faculty at Swedish Family Medicine, Cherry Hill for a short time, she headed down to New Zealand, where she practiced as a GP in a nationalized health care system, traveled as much of the sheep laden countryside as possible, and picked up a wonderful kiwi souvenir, her husband, Jason. After three years she decided it was time to come home to Boise and joined the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in January of 2009. Her curricular area of interest is the obstetrics experience, inclusive of directing the OB Fellowship. She moved into the Associate Program Director role in February 2017, assisting  Dr. Abby Davids and Dr. Justin Glass oversee the educational experience as a whole for the residency. During her free time she enjoys going to the park with her three kids, political disputes with her husband, aerobic exhaustion of many varieties, and knitting anything possible.

Abby Davids, MD, MPH, AAHIVS

Associate Program Director, HIV & Viral Hepatitis Fellowship Director

picture of resident

Born and raised in a small town in Ohio, Dr. Davids is a Buckeye at heart. She has a background in public health and social justice, and graduated from The Ohio State University with a dual MD/MPH after undergraduate studies in political science and international relations.  She subsequently completed family medicine residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center near Boston, MA, serving a predominantly immigrant population.

After her HIV fellowship, Dr. Davids joined the faculty at FMRI, with clinical interests focused on the care of migrants and refugees, global medicine, and the intersection of infectious disease and primary care. Based in the Emerald Clinic, she provides HIV, viral hepatitis, TB, and refugee care while teaching residents and practicing full spectrum family medicine. She became the HIV & Viral Hepatitis Fellowship Director in 2016, and maintains AAHIVM accreditation as an HIV specialist. She also leads the Global Medicine Training Track with Margaret Mortimer, NP, and joined Dr. Jennifer Cook as an Associate Program Director in 2019.

Since March of 2020, Dr. Davids has helped to lead FMRI’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She speaks English and Spanish, and in her free time she loves to explore Idaho’s beautiful outdoor spaces with her dog, Juniper.

Tim DeBlieck, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. DeBlieck grew up in Boise, and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1986 with a degree in chemistry. He attended Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, graduating in 1990. Dr. DeBlieck completed his Family Medicine residency in 1993 at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, where he served as chief resident. He joined the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho faculty in 1996. His curricular area is Dermatology. He and his wife Jan have two sons in college. Jan is a dermatologist, and teaches FMRI residents.

Jeff Edwards, MD

Family Medicine, Clinic Director Raymond

Dr. Edwards is originally from Alaska and is a graduate of the University of Washington, School of Medicine and the residency at FMRI. He then went on to work at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho for 12 years, providing full-spectrum family medicine. From 2005-2012, Dr. Edwards worked in rural Texas and completed a Master’s in Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University.

In 2013, he joined Doctors Without Borders and worked in various countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Ukraine and Afghanistan doing a combination of emergent global health response and public health-related research. Dr. Edwards is still actively working with Doctors Without Borders as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) approximately three months per year doing monitoring/evaluation and public health research.

In 2015, Dr. Edwards joined the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in 2017. He continues to work as an associate at John Hopkins University, teaching intermittently within the Department of International Health.

In 2016, he returned to FMRI to work as faculty. In his spare time Dr. Edwards enjoys his passions of backcountry skiing, biking, climbing, and traveling.

Andrea Esplin, MD

Family Medicine, Clinic Director Emerald

Dr. Esplin was born and raised in Idaho. She attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, receiving a Bachelors degree in Natural Science Biology with a Minor in Chemistry. She went on to the University of Utah School of Medicine for her medical Doctorate and returned to Idaho for residency at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, staying on as faculty after completing the residency program. Dr. Esplin currently practices full spectrum family medicine and has a focus on procedural skills and endoscopy.

She married her high school sweetheart, who is a nurse at Saint Alphonsus and realtor. They have a wild toddler and chocolate lab. She has numerous interests, which include any outdoor activities.

Julie Gendler, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Julie Gendler grew up in Kalispell, Montana. She received her BA from Dartmouth College in 1998 and a MS degree from Montana State University in Child Development in 2000. After graduating from University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2004 she completed her Family Medicine training at FMRI in 2007. She then spent the next 4 years practicing full spectrum family medicine in Madison, WI. After taking some time off to be a full time mom to her 3 kids she returned to FMRI as part time faculty in 2012. Outside of work and her normal duties as a personal assistant/chauffeur/chef/event coordinator for her three wonderful children, she enjoys baking, reading, knitting, and participating in triathlons.

Sarah Gerrish, MD

Family Medicine, Clinic Director - Kuna

Dr. Gerrish is a health curator. She believes in the mission of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, where she graduated from in 2012. To her, being a health curator is to change health disparities in meaningful and progressive ways. In the teaching environment at FMRI, she enjoys mentoring early career physicians, especially those with families. Living and traveling abroad has given Dr. Gerrish a special interest in refugee care, child and maternal health, including obstetrics, and social and global health advocacy.

During medical school at the University of Washington, Dr. Gerrish had an emphasis in global and underserved health care and now advocates for diversity, inclusion and equity in all settings. As a Boise native, she loves everything about the outdoors, especially trail running, climbing and skiing. Being a physician mom to two sports forward hilarious boys, she understands the importance of mentorship and changing gender bias within healthcare. As a partner to an innovative clinical health psychologist, she also understands the importance of personal health, empowerment, and making room for joy.

Winslow Gerrish, PhD

Behavioral Science Director

Dr. Winslow Gerrish is the Director of Behavioral Sciences, Research and Grants at FMRI. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and completed an internship at the VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Before coming to FMRI, he acted as director of the PTSD clinic at the Boise VAMC and served as faculty in their Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education. Dr. Gerrish grew up the son of a rural, full-spectrum, family doc in a small dairy town in Washington State. This upbringing laid the foundation of his life-long passion for family medicine and caring for the underserved.

If you ask, he will tell you that Family Medicine is the cure to this country’s healthcare woes. And he believes this with true passion. Dr. Gerrish’s primary career goal is to train future Family Physicians to better understand and provide whole-person care to their patients. Dr. Gerrish is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is author to multiple publications and presentations related to Family Medicine and primary care including the book, Interprofessional Education in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Implications from Complex Adaptive Systems Theory. Dr. Gerrish loves being outdoors. When not at work, you will find him with his family trying to get lost in the mountains or engaged in some type of crazy outdoor activity.

Cyndi Hayes, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Hayes grew up in Meridian, Idaho and then attended Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology.  She went to the University of Washington School of Medicine as an Idaho WWAMI student and then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Union Memorial Hospital and Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to Boise.  She was in private practice in Meridian before joining the FMRI faculty in 2008.  In 2013, she became an OB Hospitalist for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center where she enjoys teaching the residents and high-risk obstetrics.

Roger Hefflinger, PharmD


Graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Pharmacy in Omaha and the clinical pharmacy training program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Hefflinger joined the FMRI faculty in 1987 and as you can see from this devilishly handsome picture, he is a fun loving and easy going gentleman that occasionally needs to straighten his tie. His responsibilities include teaching residents, pharmacy residents, and pharmacy students from Idaho State University, pharmacology and therapeutics in the hospital and ambulatory care setting. He loves coming to work every day because of the great people.

Derek Jackson, MD

Family Medicine

Coming Soon…

Julie Kikuchi, MD


Graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001, Dr. Kikuchi completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of New Mexico in 2004. She subsequently worked in the Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, prior to joining the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in October 2005 as a part-time Pediatric attending.

Adam Kipp, MD


Dr. Kipp was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. After stints in New Hampshire, the Dominican Republic, and Georgia for work and school, he returned to Portland for medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. He chose to go into family medicine because of the holistic approach to care that it values. Dr. Kipp came to FMRI to explore the possibility of a career in full spectrum family medicine. Recognizing that this path did not align with his interests and goals, he returned to FMRI after two years at the VA and completed the fellowship in geriatrics in 2018.

Currently Dr. Kipp practices and teaches outpatient family medicine at FMRI with an emphasis on geriatrics. His passions include his family (Kimi and Xavier), skiing, hiking and Buddhist meditation and mindfulness.

Janae Krahn, MD

Family Medicine 2018

Dr. Krahn grew up in the high desert of New Mexico. A lover of the mountain west, she ventured north to Fort Collins to study biomedical sciences at Colorado State University. After a few years of playing in the Colorado Rockies, she headed south to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where she found her love for family and community medicine. She and her husband (a rural Idaho native) were thrilled to move back to Idaho for residency training at FMRI, where she is now a part of the faculty. Dr. Krahn practices full spectrum family medicine, and enjoys teaching (and learning from!) residents and medical students. In her spare time, she enjoys anything and everything the outdoors of Idaho has to offer with her husband, family, and friends.

Susan Martin, PsyD

Associate Director of Behavioral Sciences - Boise

Dr. Martin became part of the FMRI family in 2015. She received her PsyD in clinical psychology from Florida Institute of Technology and completed her internship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. She completed her fellowship in health psychology in primary care at Michigan State University where she met her husband, Derek. Their son, Cameron, loves baseball and basketball.

After 9 years of teaching behavioral medicine in a large, urban setting in AZ, Susan moved to Boise to pursue teaching family medicine residents in Idaho. Susan’s special areas of interest include promoting the profession of psychology in rural settings, medical education and health psychology in primary care. Dr. Martin is also the Program Director of the Idaho Psychology Internship Consortium (https://idaho-pic.org/) Outside of work, the family spends time hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, and cooking meals together.

Molly McCormick, DO

Family Medicine 2018

Dr. McCormick was born and raised in Nampa, Idaho. She attended undergrad at the University of Idaho where she met and married a handsome redhead named Sean. While pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences, she worked for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival thus instilling in her a love of jazz, improv, chaos and rhythm. She attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences where she earned a doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. While completing her training, she was awarded the opportunity to pursue a pre-doctoral teaching fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She is a firm believer in the core tenants of Osteopathic medicine including the body’s innate ability to heal itself and that a person is not a disease but a unit of body, mind and spirit.

During her time in medical school she and her husband, and eventually their newborn daughter, traveled and lived throughout the pacific coast. They were finally able to return to Boise to start and complete her residency in Family Medicine. She now has her dream job working part time at a small clinic in Kuna, Idaho surrounded by the very best co-workers and staff. Additionally, she is an assistant professor at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine and sits on the board of the Idaho Osteopathic Physician’s Association. In her “free” time, she is home playing dress up or out exploring Boise with her 6 and 3 year old and will soon welcome another little one into the McCormick clan.

Margaret Mortimer, FNP, MPH

Nurse Practitioner

Margaret Mortimer joined FMRI in 2011. In addition to providing family practice, she is a clinical coordinator and provider for  refugee screening,  refugee continuity clinic, TB clinic and hepatitis clinics at the Emerald office. Margaret has been providing primary care as a board certified, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), in Idaho, since 1997. Prior to joining FMRI, work experiences include St Luke’s Internal Medicine, rural health care In Southwestern Idaho and service in the National Health Service Corps. Her degrees include a Masters in Public Health(MPH) from University of Liverpool,  Masters in Science in Nursing(MSN), Registered Nurse(RN) degree from Vanderbilt University, Bachelors of Arts(BA) in Philosophy and French from the University of Wisconsin. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer where she served as a community health educator in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. Outside of work, she likes to explore Idaho’s beautiful outdoor spaces or be on the ocean.

Sandy Mudge, MD, MPH

Family Medicine, Clinic Director Idaho Street

Dr. Mudge was raised in Colorado, and then went exploring the world, living in many different states and countries. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa, where she discovered her love of medicine and public health. She graduated with an MD/MPHTM from Tulane University in New Orleans, and then completed residency at FMRI, where she is now faculty. Together with her husband, she likes to enjoy the variety of outdoor adventures available in Idaho.

Heather Nichols, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Nichols, raised in small town Anaconda, MT but with a sense of adventure, ventured off to Gonzaga University for undergrad to pursue degrees in Biology and Psychology. Afterwards, she set out on a new adventure to Miami, Florida to complete medical school. Despite the lures of the Florida Keys and warm water she returned to the mountain west to complete residency at FMRI and be closer to the mountains and outdoors. In Boise she took up whitewater kayaking and has now traveled around the world (as well as the state of Idaho) to enjoy this extreme sport, even living in New Zealand for awhile. She enjoys the full scope of practice at the residency as well as the opportunity to teach and learn from the great residents we have. When not kayaking or working, she likes to mountain bike, hike, snowboard, or sit in an Idaho hotspring and enjoy the scenery.

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.

Thomas Patterson, MD


Dr. Patterson grew up in Arizona and attended the University of Arizona for Undergraduate, Medical School and Pediatric Residency. He decided on Pediatrics early in his fourth year of medical school as he kept being pulled towards the care of children. He met his wife, who was from Idaho, while she attended college in Tucson. On completion of his residency, the two returned to Idaho and he started private practice at Medical Center Physicians where his wife was a pediatric patient growing up. MCP changed it’s name to honor the founding physician, and thus, became Saltzer Medical Group. Dr. Patterson held many leadership roles in his 18 years at Saltzer. He started teaching for the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2009 and this proved to be a passion he wanted to develop. Moving to FMRI allows him to enjoy the mix of seeing his own patients as well as teaching the next generation of doctors.  Dr. Patterson has served both the local and national chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he has held several leadership roles throughout his tenure. He thrives in caring for the underserved and has a longstanding passion for the interface of mental illness and pediatrics.

His efforts around immunization improvement has provided tremendous benefits to many Idahoans.  In addition to his roles at FMRI, Dr. Patterson is currently the Medical Director of the St Luke’s Children’s Performance Improvement Workgroup and serves on the Idaho Immunization Coalition he co-founded in 2009.  He enjoys weight training/fitness, hiking, swimming and the outdoors. He is happiest when he is spending time with his wife and three boys!

Heather Quinn, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Quinn joined FMRI in 2009 and works concurrently as Medical Director for Healthwise with committed work in reproductive health care. Dr. Quinn was trained at UCSD and Santa Rosa and has special interests in women’s medicine and vasectomy provision. She loves mountain biking, climbing, and hiking as well as baking cakes.

Kevin Rich, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs

Dr. Rich graduated from the University of California School of Medicine at Los Angeles in 1992. He completed his residency training at the Santa Monica Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in 1995; where he was Chief Resident 1994-1995. Dr. Rich joined the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in 1995. He has served as president of the Ada County Medical Society as well as President of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Rich currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of FMRI.  He is the faculty champion for FMRI’s Patient Centered Medical Home transformation. He also serves as Chair of the Practice Transformation Committee of the Idaho Medical Home Collaborative. His curricular interests are quality improvement, prevention, and outpatient procedures.

Melissa Roop, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Roop is an Idaho native who has lived and worked all over this beautiful state. She attended University of Washington School of Medicine and completed her residency training here at that Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. She joined the residency as clinical faculty in 2019.

Within medicine, Dr. Roop has a passion for preserving health and joy with preventive care and has special interests in women’s health, reproductive care and addiction medicine.  She also speaks Spanish and loves working in service to the Hispanic community.

Most of her non-work time is spent outside tending her garden, running local trails and climbing mountains, but she does come indoors to knit and cook plant based foods.

Clay Roscoe, MD, MSc (public health)

Family Medicine, HIV

Dr. Roscoe grew up in Montana and graduated from Gonzaga University with degrees in Biology and English Literature/Creative Writing. He attended University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed residency training at FMRI. Clay also has a masters in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is AAHIVM certified (2007). He has worked extensively in Namibia, Southern Africa, focusing on HIV and tuberculosis, including tours with the University of Washington Department of Global Health (ITECH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Roscoe also is the Medical Director for Idaho Southwest District Health and advises for Sedia Biosciences, a biotechnology company focused on developing new, rapid HIV testing technologies.

Vincent Serio, MD

Family Medicine, Clinic Director - Meridian

Dr. Serio grew up in Virginia, and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia. After he completed residency at FMRI he stayed in Idaho and worked at Terry Reilly Health Services, and Saint Alphonsus Medical Group. In 2004, he became Director of Medical Services at Boise State University Health Services, a position he held for 13 years. During his tenure at Boise State, Dr. Serio also served as the ship’s physician for the Semester at Sea program, traveling to 17 cities in 13 countries on 5 continents in 100 days. He joined FMRI in 2017 to further his passion for teaching the next generation of family medicine specialists. He now serves as the Clinic Director at FMRI’s Meridian clinic site. His clinical interests include colposcopy, office-based procedures, travel and wilderness medicine, urgent care medicine, and clinic operations. In his spare time, Dr. Serio enjoys spending time with his wife and twin daughters, fly fishing, sailing and tinkering in his workshop.

Ryan Shackelford, MD


Dr. Shackelford grew up in Boise and attended Boise High School.  He went to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, completed a combined Family Medicine and Psychiatry residency at UC San Diego and a Public Psychiatry Fellowship at UC San Francisco.  He has completed core training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.  He is committed to helping resident physicians become excellent mental health clinicians as well as providing high-quality mental health care to all Idahoans.

Nikole Shepherdson, DO

Family Medicine

Dr. Shepherdson graduated from Western University of Health Sciences Pacific in 2009 and returned home to Boise to attend residency at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. Since graduating residency from FMRI she has continued to practice full scope family medicine at the Meridian Family Health Center as well as continuing to teach residents as an attending for procedure clinics. She lives in Meridian with her husband Jason and son Beckett. She loves spending time with family and when she gets a few moments to partake in one of her many hobbies including scuba diving, travel, fly fishing, skiing, cooking and gardening.

Kelly Showalter, MD


Graduated from University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in May of 1988, Dr. Showalter completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Utah in May of 1991. After Residency Dr. Showalter spent a year at Emory University in Atlanta, GA as a Pediatric staff physician and then three years with the Pediatric and Adolescent Center doing private practice in Boise, ID. She joined the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho as a part-time Pediatric attending in April of 1998. Her husband is an orthopedic physician who works with the residents on their Orthopedic rotation as well as on some electives.

Hannah Underdahl, CNM

Women's Health

I was raised on the coast of Maine, but got the mountain bug early in my teens on a backpacking trip to the Sawtooths in Stanley, ID. After college in Colorado and graduate school in Washington, DC, I settled in Boise with my husband. I worked for 3 years at a birth center and home birth practice, then moved into my faculty role at FMRI in 2016. My faculty role is focuses on precepting OB clinics, heading the OB/GYN Women’s Prison program, organizing Maternal Child Health didactics and participating in a number of hands on trainings at the residency. My own practice is comprised mostly of gynecology and female sexual dysfunction.

Outside of work, I try to stay active in the  professional organizations and advocacy groups I find important. These include the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, The American College of Nurse-Midwives and as the leader of the Idaho cluster for the Reproductive Health Access Project.

I am married with 2 (almost 3) children and a dog. We spend most of our time in the Sprinter van we built out in 2016 traveling the Mountain West and Canada to mountain bike, ski and trail run. I love to cook delicious vegan food, garden, and learn new skills like canning and making kimchi. Thanks to FMRI, I’ve got a great work-life balance!

John Williams, MD

Asst. Program Dir., RTTs

While growing up in Pocatello, the young Dr. Williams took to exploring the mountains of Idaho and fostering a love of the outdoors. After graduating from University of Nevada SOM in 2003 and following his residency completion in 2006 from Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency, he ventured to the Flathead Lake area of Montana. There he worked for a rural hospital doing full spectrum family medicine for the next 10 years. He participated in several organizations, including President of the Montana Academy of Family Physicians, board member of Montana Medical Association, and he served one year on Montana State Governor’s Council on Healthcare Innovation. With a desire to share his experiences and move closer to family, he joined FMRI in the fall 2016. Here he is continuing his full spectrum practice by teaching new family physicians to broaden their skills and confidence. He is helping with the rural programs and developing a wilderness medicine curriculum. Free time is one of his favorite things and he can be found hiking the hills with his two boys, looking for mountains to climb and photos to take, sitting with a good book, contemplating the stars, laughing often and has been known to dabble in zymurgy.

Current Residents


Nichole Aker, DO

Boise Program 2021

Nicky was born in Salem, Oregon where she lived until she was 10 years old. She moved to China with her family where they lived for 5 years. She also spent time in Japan and Chile before returning to Oregon. She graduated from Portland State University where she continued her studies in Mandarin and then went on to attend medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon. Before medical school, Nicky worked in her family’s produce export business as well as worked as a residential treatment counselor for pregnant and parenting teen mothers. She also volunteered her time at a local hospital as a birth doula. Within family medicine, Nicky is particularly interested in women’s health.

Nicky, her husband Ryan, and their son Timmy, are all very excited to be in Idaho and are looking forward to exploring all that Idaho has to offer.

Reuben Baker, MD

Boise Program 2021

Reuben grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, went to college in North Carolina (Go Heels!), and then taught for a few years in New Orleans, Louisiana. After realizing he didn’t have the chops for teaching middle school, he decided to enter a post-bac program to complete his pre-med requirements with the goal of becoming a doctor. While applying to medical schools, he worked with patients as a case manager in an HIV clinic. It was during this experience that he knew he had made the right choice to pursue a career in medicine. He attended medical school at Brown University in Rhode Island where he met his partner, best friend, and now co-resident at FMRI, Ellen. They survived medical school by growing a garden together, taking frequent trips to the beach, hosting dinner parties, and babysitting for their favorite baby in the world. They are excited to learn broad-spectrum family medicine and to explore the beautiful state of Idaho!

Michael Claussen, MD

Boise Program 2021

Michael grew up in Benson, Minnesota, went to undergraduate at the University of Minnesota Duluth for Chemical Engineering. After a few years of working as a chemical engineer in the food industry. During his time working as an engineer he realized he wanted to take his love of science and joy of problem solving and apply his skills to helping others with their medical needs. He then returned to Minnesota to attend medical school at the University of Minnesota with is foundational years spent in at the Duluth campus where there is a focus on rural and family medicine. Michael has a passion for comprehensive family medicine but has a focus on chronic medical management and office base procedures. His passions outside of medicine include the outdoor, hiking, fishing, gardening and cooking.

Laddie Crisp, MD

Boise Program 2021

Laddie was born, raised, and educated in North Carolina. He grew up in Kinston, a small rural farming town in eastern NC. Attending the local university at East Carolina University he dual majored in chemistry and biology.  After college, he tried multiple vocations before finding his calling in medicine. Initially he worked in a stem cell biology lab. During this time, he began his work in literacy; first volunteering with immigrants teaching citizenship classes and reading. Continuing his service to the community, he moved back to the coastal plains to teach science at the local high school. This experience finalized his desire to help the underserved. Growing up in the shadow of a full spectrum family physician, he knew the impact of a primary care doctor in a community, and followed his father’s footsteps into family medicine, attending his alma mater for medical school at East Carolina. During residency, he hopes to hone his skills in both outpatient and inpatient medicine. He is particularly interested in reaching at risk adolescents. Outside of work he enjoys getting outside, biking, and fishing with his wife Brynn.

Matthew Davis, MD

Boise Program 2021

Matt grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. His home state’s rugged beauty helped instill his appreciation for wild places. He studied neuroscience and Spanish in Bozeman, Montana and spent a semester in the Dominican Republic. During college, he became interested in medicine as a tool for social justice. He began to consider family medicine while volunteering at his hometown community health center where he was impressed by the broad skill set, dedication to health access, and joie de vivre displayed by the family doctors he worked with.

After college, Matt moved to Washington, D.C. to work in a neuroscience laboratory. Missing the immediacy of patient care, he next worked for a health center serving the area’s LGBT+ community. There, he confirmed that his passion lay in working with individual patients to address broader health disparities. Before entering medical school, Matt took a stab at his bucket list and completed two long-distance bicycle trips, traversed the U.S. by train, studied medical Spanish in Guatemala, and spent as much time in a tent as possible.

Matt completed an outpatient rotation at the FMRI during his fourth year and is thrilled to have matched here. The program’s rigor and breadth of training is a perfect fit for his goal of providing full-spectrum care in rural communities throughout Alaska and internationally. Over the next three years, he is excited to explore his clinical interests, including obstetrics, family planning, immigrant health, LGBT+ health, HIV prevention and care, and addiction medicine. In his free time, Matt enjoys trail running, hiking with his two dogs, telemarking, catching up on podcasts, and reading.

Undergrad: Montana State University, Bozeman
Medical School: George Washington University
Languages: Spanish


Julie Duncan, MD

Boise Program 2021

Julie Duncan is coming to the FMRI Boise program from Missouri. She grew up in Springfield, MO and attended college at William Jewell in Liberty, MO. During college she studied abroad in Athens, Greece where she got involved with a mobile health unit that ran a needle exchange program. This experience sparked her interest in public health and she went on to earn her Master in Public Health with a concentration in international health at Boston University. During that time, she was able to spend 6 months in the Philippines to complete a practicum project addressing inhalant use among street children in Manila. After finishing her MPH, she took off to Lusaka, Zambia where she worked for 3 years on projects in preventing mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis and on a pneumonia etiology case-control study. She returned to MO to attend med school at Mizzou and is excited to combine her interests in public health and medicine in a career in Family Medicine. She hopes to be an advocate for social justice in medicine and plans to pursue a career working with underserved populations. Outside of medicine, she enjoys going to concerts, biking on the trail, running, traveling and a good bit of karaoke. She’s super excited to get to know Boise and join the FMRI family.

Joey Florence, MD

Boise Program 2021

Joey Florence is a proud Idahoan, born and raised.  Growing up here, she learned to love the Idaho outdoors and the wonderful people who live here. Joey graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise in 2009 then studied Exercise Science at University of Idaho in Moscow and participated in the Greek system as a Kappa Alpha Theta. During Joey’s time in Moscow, she worked as a gymnastics coach at Palouse Empire Gymnastics.  Joey also volunteered her time at a free health clinic in Lewiston, Idaho at Snake River Community Clinic.  After graduation from the University of Idaho, Joey started her medical school journey at the University of Washington’s Idaho WWAMI program.  She felt lucky to do most of her training in areas of Idaho including Moscow, Hailey, and Boise.  Through her training, it became clear that family medicine would be the perfect fit for her.  When her nose is not in the books, Joey loves playing board games, traveling, dancing and spending time with her loved ones (humans and dogs).  Her love of the outdoors continues to grow; when she finds the time, she rock climbs, hikes, and bikes.  She also has a passion for organized sport.  Her first love was gymnastics then later track & field.  In college, she found a love for Ultimate Frisbee,  now, she participates in local city-league volleyball. Her love of sports spilled over into professional life as a passion for sports medicine.  Joey laughs easily and feels joy from practicing medicine.  She looks forward to growing her medical knowledge with FMRI and describes that she feels blessed to continue to deepen her Idaho roots. 

Kade Klippenstein, MD

Boise Program 2021

Kade is a Midwest native who was raised on a cattle ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Although he prided himself on being a cattle caller, he felt there was a bigger calling in the field of medicine for him. Kade graduated from Augustana University with a major in Biology and attended medical school at the University of South Dakota. During his medical studies he was involved in teaching classes to incoming medical students and undergraduates, served at volunteer clinics, and did basic science research through the Scholarship Pathways program.

Kade has always had a passion for rural medicine and felt that FMRI would give him outstanding training in all fields. He wanted to be in a medical environment where he could deliver holistic, thorough, and up-to-date healthcare to each patient, making them feel valued and cared for as an individual and as a family. Kade finds the field of Family Medicine humbling, unique, and ever-changing. He feels extremely grateful for the class and faculty that have made him feel a part of the FMRI family.

Kade and his other half, Ali, enjoy hiking, camping, any outdoor sport, road trips, all genres of music, coffee, and a good game of Cribbage. Kade also enjoys an exciting hunting trip and a good book. He is also thrilled to gain the title of ‘Dad’ in the spring of 2019 and can’t wait to start his family in Idaho.

Ryann Milne-Price, MD

Boise Program 2021

Ryann Milne-Price hails from a family that sells John Deere tractors on the Eastern Montana plains, but is moving to Idaho from the big city of Seattle, where she completed medical school. She took an extra year of school to get an MPH in global health, and so cherished this time to learn from colleagues from around the world. In her future, she hopes to practice medicine in the rural West and work to improve global access to reproductive health services.  Ryann loves raising ducklings, soaking in hot springs, and cross country skiing and can’t wait to move to Boise where she might someday get to do all three in the same afternoon. She is so happy to join the community at FMRI.

Ellen Richardson, MD

Boise Program 2021

Ellen grew up in a small Vermont town with her two sisters. She studied Community Health at Brown University in Rhode Island and became interested in medicine when she began studying alternative models of health in her disability studies classes. After continuing at Brown for medical school, Ellen is extremely excited to once again find herself in the mountains! During residency, Ellen hopes to continue pursuing her interest in full spectrum rural medicine with a focus in food access, women’s health, and disability medicine. When she isn’t at the hospital or clinic, she can likely be found skiing, hiking, cooking, or finding balance in her garden with her partner and co-intern Reuben.

Elynn Smith, MD

Boise Program 2021

Elynn was born in Bozeman, MT and spent her early childhood in remote mining towns across Idaho and Montana—the one-room school that housed her kindergarten class even had a hitching post out front. Her family’s last relocation brought them to Caldwell, ID where Elynn graduated from Vallivue High School and The College of Idaho. At C of I, she met her husband, Dominic, while they were both running for the Yotes Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Circling back to her small-town roots, she spent a few of her summers during college working at the Delamar Gold & Silver Mine outside Jordan Valley, OR, before finding her way to medicine as a pre-med intern at the Salmon River Clinic in Stanley, ID. Elynn attended medical school at The University of Utah School of Medicine. Although she enjoyed her time among the red rocks of Utah, she is excited to be returning home to everything Idaho has to offer.

Elynn is interested in Women’s Health and Obstetrics, Preventive Medicine, and in mentoring and promoting medical education for students from rural communities. She also loves any and all outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, rafting, and camping, and she and Dominic are looking forward to doing all of these and more in and around Boise.


Carson Barnes, MD

Boise Program 2022

Carson was born and raised in South Carolina running cross country, participating in Boy Scouts, and working high school summers for a general contractor. The experience and relationships with his construction crew first planted the dream of doing rural medicine. Through his college years at Duke, this interest grew as he spent summers in farming communities of northwest Arkansas and in mountain towns of southeast Kentucky learning how healthcare is delivered in remote and under-resourced areas. He returned to Charleston, South Carolina for medical school where he was able to see the practice of healthcare in the rural areas that he grew up in – just from the other side of the waiting room.  Carson and his wife were drawn to FMRI for residency because of the awesome opportunity to take care of people from all stages of life, people with a diverse set of backgrounds, and because of the care that the other residents and physicians showed for the community they served.

In his free time, Carson loves hiking in the foothills, camping, and skiing with his wife Emily.

Emily Barnes, MD

Boise Program 2022

Emily was born in Germany while her parents were deployed through the Air Force and has been on the move ever since. She spent most of her years growing up in rural Arkansas with a brief stint in South Carolina before going to North Carolina for college – let’s go Blue Devils! In college, she had her first chances to dip her toes in the world of global health and has been hooked on building a career focused on serving the underserved through healthcare ever since. Her interest in blending public health, global health, and medicine piqued when she had the opportunity to work with a grassroots organization in rural Kenya for a summer in college. This trip not only fulfilled a lifelong aspiration to participate in international service and mission work as part of her Christian faith, but it also opened her eyes to how vital integration with the community is to a successful medical practice that leaves a lasting impact. This experience led her to learn about the community through other lenses, teaching math and science in Philadelphia for a summer. Adding a love of teaching to her love of medicine, service, and international partnership, she took an unexpected year off to participate in the Mabelle Arole Fellowship at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in Jamkhed, India for a year between college and medical school. This fellowship taught her to address root causes of both biologic and social determinants of health, and showed her the impact a full scope family medicine doctor can have. Leaving rural India for the big city of Chicago, Emily continued to seek out ways to be involved in the community and blend that education with her formal medical education. On the interview trail, she fell in love with the town of Boise and the people at FMRI. The dedication to the community and passion for providing the highest quality, full scope medical care to underserved was clear and genuine. The dedication and compassion of the residents coupled with the skills and leadership of the program faculty and staff make it an exciting place to call home for residency. Boise is an amazing town! Her career interests include rural medicine, international medicine, procedures, and women’s and children’s health. In her free time, she enjoys running the many hills and trails in town, exploring Boise’s downtown, and cooking and hiking with her husband and co-resident.

Caroline Beyer, MD

Boise Program 2022

Caroline grew up in Seattle, Washington, but she comes to Boise after 10 years spent on the East Coast. She attended Boston College, where she majored in International Studies. With a particular interest in global heath and health policy, she then moved down to Manhattan to go to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During medical school, she spent time in Uganda, Rwanda, Nepal, Senegal, and Guatemala doing health research. This encouraged her to pursue broad-spectrum family medicine training with an emphasis on underserved communities, social justice, and physician activism. As well, she has a particular interest in reproductive health.

She is thrilled to be a part of the community at FMRI and to make Boise her home! In her free time, she loves to run, hike, and discover the myriad activities and events Boise has to offer.

Patrick Bloecher, MD

Boise Program 2022

Patrick grew up in the “booming metropolis” of Elderon, Wisconsin: population 179. He is the first in his family to graduate from college. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and studied Spanish in Costa Rica and Spain.  As an intern at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Patrick worked with family medicine trained, public health doctors and developed an interest in preventive medicine and the U.S. Public Health Service. After graduating, he went to work with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and became a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. He travelled to more than 35 rural Alaska Native villages spanning a geographic range of over 800 miles. His experiences improving air quality, drinking water, and sanitation in some of the most remote and underserved communities of North America led him to the University of Washington – Alaska WWAMI Program.

While in medical school, Patrick’s interests in primary care, public health, and service continued. He worked in indigenous communities of Peru’s Sacred Valley, met with legislators at our nation’s Capitol in Washington D.C., and served on the wards in northern Uganda. He is excited to continue his journey and training in Boise at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.

In his free-time, Patrick likes outdoor recreation, guitars, motorcycles, travel, food, and the Green Bay Packers. Above all, he enjoys all of these things with his beautiful, caring, and fun-loving wife, Michelle.

Matthew Harrison, MD

Boise Program 2022

Hello! I am from Montana where I was born and raised in Missoula. I attended undergrad at Carroll College in Helena, and then spent a year teaching middle school science on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, which sparked a desire to further work with underserved populations in medicine. I attended medical school through the Montana WWAMI program at the University of Washington and developed a love for the relationships and full-scope that is found in Family Medicine. My wife, Whitney, and I feel blessed to be here in Idaho with all the great outdoor opportunities and down-to-earth people. We enjoy weekend hikes, camping, coffee shops, being involved in our church, swing dancing and finding a good local brew! I look forward to meeting you in person.

Emily Jack, MD

Boise Program 2022

Emily Jack was born and raised just four hours away from her new home in Boise in small-town Eastern Oregon. She attended Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and spent her summers doing genetics research and working on her family’s cattle and hay ranch. She graduated from Oregon Health and Science University with her medical degree in 2019 and made the long journey east on I84 to settle in the Treasure Valley for residency.

Emily loved growing up on her family’s 5th and 6th generation cattle ranch and though she enjoyed helping her brother and dad on the farm, she was happiest following her nurse mom around the local clinic after school. She set her mind to becoming a doctor at a young age, with the goal of serving communities in the rural areas of the beautiful Pacific North West. She can’t wait to become a rural Family Physician and to take care of her patients and their families throughout their lives.

In her free time, Emily spends time exploring the great outdoors with her husband, camping and travelling with her family, reading fiction, making a mess in her kitchen, and learning how to garden. She appreciates any and all recommendations on the best secret fishing holes around Boise.

Ann Jennings, MD

Boise Program 2022

Hi Boise! I’m Ann, I grew up in Alaska, went to the UW in Seattle for medical school and now I’m coming to FMRI for residency. I’m moving to Boise with my husband, Joe and our two spoiled cats, and we’re excited to be here! In our down time, we like learning new hobbies – currently the science behind fermentation, and the art of fly fishing.  I’m passionate about Family Medicine, especially women’s health, access to care, and preventative medicine. I was a high school exchange student to Chile, and speak conversational Spanish, but am hoping to improve my medical Spanish in residency. I was drawn to FMRI because of the broad spectrum of training, excellent faculty and the outdoor recreation that Idaho offers.

Jason Johnston, MD

Boise Program 2022

Howdy! My name is Jason and I was born in Virginia and raised in Georgia before beginning my journey west. For undergrad, I attended The University of Alabama where I received my Bachelor’s in Physics, discovered a love for Family Medicine, and learned to cheer on the Tide. I then moved to Houston, TX to attend McGovern Medical School where I took part in rural preceptorships and served as the Student Chair for the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. While there, I married my beautiful wife, Gracie. When I’m not in clinic or on the wards, you’ll find us outside on a trail, a river, or spending time with our pup, Olive. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be training in Boise while exploring the incredible state of Idaho!

Victoria Kent, DO

Boise Program 2022

I am thrilled to flourish into a rural family physician alongside my partner, and fellow co-resident Joseph Pendleton.  We are so happy to have couple’s matched into a program that provides such excellent, comprehensive training.  I am from all over (Idaho will be state #8 for me), but have spent the last 15 years divided between Washington, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. I attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where I majored in Biology and Spanish and met Joe through a competitive running club. While in college, I worked with the public health department and learned about the importance of the social determinants of health. Shadowing at a federally qualified health center  (FQHC), I was inspired by how providers tackled these factors through comprehensive care.  Other highlights of my undergrad include spending six months abroad in Lima, Peru, where I took classes at a Peruvian university. I learned about international medicine through volunteering at a children’s hospital and explored the beauty of Peru’s diverse ecosystems.

I attended PNWU for medical school, where I found my passion for advocacy through leadership opportunities in my local family medicine interest group chapter.  I further developed my interests in rural and underserved medicine as I had the privilege to work alongside family physicians at critical access hospitals and FQHC’s during my clinical rotations. I am inspired by their expertise as providers, their community impact, and willingness to learn.  I am so honored to develop into a family physician who will have the platform to connect with my patients on a personal level and provide upstream interventions to help them live their best lives. I am so excited to be at a program where I can explore my interests in family medicine which include: endoscopy, OB + Women’s health, underserved/rural medicine, preventative medicine, OMM and working with immigrant populations.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy long-distance hiking (Joe and I did the entire Appalachian Trail before med school and did the entire Pacific Crest and Wonderland Trail in medical school), marathon running, camping in rain or shine, canoeing (especially in the Boundary Waters of MN), reading, eating Mediterranean food, trying to beat Joe in ping-pong, and speaking Spanish.

Joseph Pendleton, MD

Boise Program 2022

I grew up in Milwaukee as a true Wisconsin boy (fish boils, polka, and floating on lakes). I went to UW Madison for undergrad where I studied Microbiology. At the UW I met my partner and co-resident Victoria Kent. I went UW-Madison for medical school where I fostered my interest in rural medicine by rotating at a new location every month during my 3rd and 4th years. I am excited to continue to develop my wide interests in family medicine through the broad scope of medicine offered at FMRI.

Outside of medicine I enjoy running, xc-skiing, and hiking.

Erin Renfrew, MD

Boise Program 2022

Erin was born and raised in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She eventually left to move two hours north to Fort Collins and attend Colorado State University. While there, she received a degree in biochemistry and played more rugby than was probably healthy. She returned to Colorado Springs to work as a chemist at a contract laboratory for FDA/EPA studies and then at the Colorado Springs Fire Department in the Community and Public Health Division, which sparked her love for community medicine and primary care. She finally left Colorado for the flatlands of Iowa City, where she attended medical school at the University of Iowa. While there, she developed a passion for serving vulnerable populations and discovering ways to alleviate the effects of health inequities on her patients. Within Family Medicine she is most passionate about women’s health, family planning, refugee health and advocacy with a side interest in sports medicine.

When not working, Erin enjoys biking, skiing, hiking, backpacking and testing out the new beers at local breweries.


Maximilian Taylor, DO

Boise Program 2022


Max was born and raised in Gold Beach, Oregon, a small rural town on the southern coast. His father was the local family physician and his mother was the town midwife. It was here where he got his first exposure to full spectrum family medicine in rural communities. Max attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA where he majored in field and wildlife biology, and minored in ethnic and indigenous studies. In college, he ran a volunteer organization that connects university students with volunteer opportunities in several underserved populations. He also worked as a CNA during this time, and found out that he enjoyed forming personal relationships with his patients.

It was an easy decision for Max to attend Western University in Oregon and pursue a career in family medicine. In residency, Max hopes to gain all the skills to practice as a full spectrum family doctor and one day return to a rural community, much like the one he grew up in. Outside of work, Max enjoys surfing, kayaking, rafting, SUPing, birdwatching, working on his bonsai plants, and spending time with his girlfriend and dog.


Phebe Alley, MD

Boise Program 2023

Phebe grew up on a small family farm just west of Syracuse, New York. She grew up raising Romney and Horned Dorset sheep and Red Angus cattle. She has had a lifetime exposure of family medicine with her father who continues to serve as a community family medicine doctor in Upstate NY. She completed her undergraduate studies in cell biology/biochemistry at Bucknell University. During her time at Bucknell, she became involved with a peer advocacy organization surrounding interpartner violence and sexual assault. Her work with this group, love of science, and desire to work in a rural community inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. She returned to upstate NY to attend University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry with the intention to pursue a career in rural, primary care. Within family medicine, her interests include addiction medicine, sports medicine, outpatient procedures, and reproductive health. She is thrilled to move west to join the FMRI community!

Outside of medicine, Phebe enjoys hiking, running, trying new exercise classes, cooking, making friends with any dog she can, watching sports, and riding/attempting to pursue dressage with her off the track thoroughbred, Frenchonionsoup.



Amanda Aman, MD

Boise Program 2023

Amanda Aman (pronounced like “Awh-man”) was born in Wiesbaden, Germany while her parents were abroad serving in the Air Force. Her family moved to the Boise area when she was in kindergarten and eventually settled down in Emmett, Idaho. She attended Boise State University (Go Broncos!) for undergrad where she studied Biology. She knew she wanted to become a doctor at a young age after her rural family physician provided her efficient, well-rounded care that ultimately saved her life. She attended the University of Washington for medical school and was able to participate in the WWAMI program. During those four years she was able to learn more about the medical needs of Idaho and worked within local communities. Her special interests include women’s and children’s health, obstetrics/reproductive health, LGTBQ and community leadership. 

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outside with her partner, Nathan, and their two dogs, Appa (corgi) and Winston (labradoodle). She enjoys taking in all that Idaho has to offer by hiking, backpacking, camping, paddle boarding, rafting and mountain biking. In the winter, her and Nathan can be found up on the slopes at Tamarack or Bogus. (Snowboarding not skiing – sorry!) Most recently, she is starting to get into rock climbing. When it is too hot or cold outside (as Idaho likes to get) she resorts to baking and reading.

She is very excited to continue her education  and service in the state that she has called home for many years! 

Angela Bangs, MD

Boise Program 2023

Angela was born in Texas and led a nomadic life throughout her childhood. She completed her undergraduate studies in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) with a desire to serve vulnerable populations. After working for several years in Raleigh, North Carolina on behalf of the NC Medicaid program, she married her high school sweetheart and moved to her husband’s hometown of Bozeman, Montana to work at the MT Office of Rural Health/AHEC. Her travels throughout rural Montana and her work with the critical access hospitals led her to complete a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program with the intention of becoming a rural, primary care physician. She attended the University of Washington’s Montana WWAMI program and while she loved all of her clinical rotations, she felt most fulfilled and excited about family medicine. Her professional interests are in rural/underserved populations, behavioral health, reproductive health, and advocacy. She is thrilled to join the FMRI community!

Angela and her husband, Tyler, love the outdoors and are so excited to explore the Boise area. They fully intend to spend their free time hiking, biking, trail running (slow jogging in Angela’s case), swimming, skiing, discovering and experimenting with new recipes, or attempting to coax their 13-year old German Shepherd, Atlas, to go for a walk.

Zara Bowden, MD

Boise Program 2023

Howdy, I’m Zara! Growing up in Fort Worth, TX, my first introduction to medicine was through my grandfather, who was also a Family Physician. I was struck by the way he made a bustling metropolis feel like a small-town neighborhood, and it was his interactions with his patients that initially inspired me to pursue a career in medicine. Leaving the Lone Star State for some cooler weather, I journeyed East to the coast of Maine for undergrad where I attended Bowdoin College, studying Biochemistry and Sociology.

After graduating, I spent several years living in Boston working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with patients undergoing novel treatments for prostate cancer. While I enjoyed city life, I found myself longing for wild, open spaces which ultimately drew me to The University of Vermont College of Medicine. None of my clinical rotations left me feeling more connected to the heart of medicine than Family Medicine, so choosing a specialty was a no-brainer! The opportunity to provide longitudinal and holistic care to patients and their families, particularly in underserved communities is intrinsic to the specialty’s core and aligned strongly with what drew me to medicine from the start. Additionally, I was energized by Family Medicine’s unique breadth of training and the dynamism this imparts. This feels particularly relevant in more rural settings which was what promoted me to apply to full-spectrum, rural training programs like FMRI.

After spending a decade on the East Coast (and never fully acclimating to the icy slopes), looking Westward for residency felt like the next big adventure! I could not be more excited to have matched at such an amazing program and look forward to what the next three years has in store.

In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking/backpacking, attempting water sports, hosting potlucks, crocheting while listening to podcasts, and spending time with my family and friends!

Jeffrey Chase, DO

Boise Program 2023

Jeff was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While playing baseball in college, he attended school in Arizona and Georgia completing a Bachelors degree in Chemistry. He lived in Philadelphia for a year while his wife, Whitney, completed her training as a Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Critical Care. They moved to the Fort Worth area where they had three children Dean, Conway, and Luella. Jeff completed his Masters in Anatomy and Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (TCOM). Jeff has been visiting Idaho since he was little and was excited to find broad spectrum Family Medicine training in the area he has always wanted to live. His mother is from the Boise area and his dad is from Eastern Idaho, and he is excited to be living closer to family. He enjoys river rafting, hiking, fishing and spending time with his family.

Rachel Chisausky, DO

Boise Program 2023

Born and raised in a small town in Illinois, Rachel’s childhood experiences in Girl Scouting led her on many adventures that taught her the joy of oceans, mountains, and service to others. With a longtime dream of becoming a Doctors without Borders physician, she attended the University of Notre Dame where she studied biochemistry with a minor in peace studies. She had the good fortune to participate in some truly community-based service experiences, which opened her eyes to the impact of social determinants on patient’s lives, and sparked a passion for primary care. Taking some time to not be in school after undergrad, she joined the Peace Corps, where she spent two years as a health education volunteer in rural Cambodia. Though resources at the health center were minimal, the power of community was incredible, and the experience solidified a desire to become a full spectrum, community-based family doctor! This goal in hand, she chose to attend ATSU SOMA in order to train in FQHCs across the northwest (and maybe to have an excuse to live in the vegan-donut-wonderland that is Portland Oregon).

She is ecstatic to head east along the Oregon trail to Boise, and is looking forward to the strong reproductive health, gender affirming care, and refugee health opportunities at FMRI. Outside of work, she enjoys just about anything in the great outdoors, a good book in a coffee shop or brewery, and making friends with everyone else’s puppies. Besides becoming an excellent family physician and public health advocate, she aspires to master the art of sourdough bread, have a garden with plants that aren’t dead, and out rock-climb her partner Kirill in the wonderful Idaho wilderness.

Lange Clancy, DO

Boise Program 2023

Lange grew up in Healdsburg, CA, a small town in the middle of wine country. The first 23 years of her life were spent with no intention of going into medicine or even a science related field. She completed her undergraduate education at Tufts University with a major in international relations and economics. While at Tufts she also competed on the crew team. After college her plan was to eventually work in international development but before doing that she decided to work in the outdoor industry. After a year leading backpacking trips and working at a ski resort she decided to try working as an EMT in Seattle. Witnessing the hardships of life for many Americans sparked a desire to make an impact on communities at home rather than abroad. From the EMT experience she was hooked on medicine and decided to change tracks and go to medical school. Lange attended medical school at ATSU SOMA at the Seattle campus. She was drawn to family medicine for the opportunity to provide full spectrum care in rural areas while also developing long lasting relationships with patients.

Lange is excited to move to the sunshine of Idaho and to take advantage of all the great opportunities FMRI has to offer. Outside of medicine she enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, epic hikes, cooking – especially desserts, and reading the New Yorker. She is moving to Idaho with her partner Tom and they are excited to trade living situations from a 38 foot sailboat to a cavernous garage with endless opportunities for working on projects and building a home climbing gym.

Paige Ely, DO

Boise Program 2023

Paige grew up in San Diego, California.  Receiving an academic scholarship, she moved to Missoula to attend University of Montana, where she fell in love with her husband and the Northwest. She majored in Sociology with an emphasis in Inequality and Social Justice, conducting research at the local homeless shelter, Head Start, and WIC programs. After college, she served at Missoula Food Bank as an AmeriCorps VISTA, working on community education, coalition building, and research on food insecurity.

Through community development work in Panama and Paraguay and volunteering on medical missions in Honduras and India, she has seen the gross discrepancies in health outcomes and access.  In addition to working individually with patients, she feels passionately about system-level work through health policy and effective altruism.

Seeing how osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) could significantly improve some patients’ pain and range of motion, Paige attended an osteopathic (or DO) school to gain this extra tool.  She dedicated an extra year during medical school as junior faculty, helping teach first and second year students how to do OMT, as well as significant time at the free clinic providing OMT for migrant and farmworkers.  During medical school she also served on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission of Public Health and Science and then later on the AAFP Commission of Governmental Advocacy. She loves how family medicine cares for patients as a whole, in addition to the community and the world at large.

As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, Paige is excited to serve in an underserved area after residency.  For fun, she enjoys playing board games, cooking, hiking, and playing guitar.

She is so excited to join the FMRI family and train to become the best family doctor she can be!


Kelsey Harding, MD

Boise Program 2023

Kelsey grew up in Toutle, WA – a tiny logging town in the foothills of Mt. St. Helens. Playing volleyball, basketball, and softball started her interest in sports medicine. She graduated from University of Washington with a degree in biology and returned to her hometown to work with elementary students as an AmeriCorps Washington Reading Corps member. It was this experience that sparked the interest in primary care, especially rural family practice. Kelsey attended University of Washington School of Medicine as a TRUST Scholar (Targeted Rural UnderServed Track). Within family medicine Kelsey is passionate about community leadership, rural health, female reproduction, addiction, and mental health. She is excited to join the FMRI family and get the fantastic, broad-spectrum training that FMRI is known for.

Outside of medicine Kelsey and her husband Nathan enjoy anything and everything the outdoors has to offer – running, hiking, backpacking, skiing, and rock climbing. They can’t wait to explore Boise and Idaho!

Kim McGrath, MD

Boise Program 2023

Kim is originally from Melbourne, Australia. Kim became interested in healthcare at an early age and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy in Australia. She also trained as a clinical Pilates instructor and completed training in dry needling. During her undergraduate studies, Kim took a gap year working in London and traveling in Europe. Following graduation, Kim worked in rehabilitation and acute hospital settings for 3 years but found herself more interested in the medical management of her patients. The idea of returning to study medicine was reinforced during her work with lung transplant recipients. She was fascinated by the complex physiology and critical care medicine.

Kim attended Deakin University School of Medicine in Geelong, Australia, while continuing work as a PT. At the end of first-year medical studies, Kim met her husband, Colin, while visiting a friend in Boise. They married in 2016 at their favorite place to ski and hike, Bogus Basin.

With a keen interest in people, a desire to form longitudinal working partnerships with her patients, and an inability to choose between specialties (endocrinology, rheumatology, and procedures are all interest areas) Family Medicine was a wonderful fit. With growing businesses, family, and friends in Boise, Kim and Colin are excited to keep giving back to the city they love. When she isn’t working, Kim enjoys running the Greenbelt and hiking in the foothills and at Bogus Basin, downhill or cross country skiing, camping, or hanging out in her kitchen trying out another recipe.

Kevin McNamee, MD

Boise Program 2023

Kevin was born and raised in Spokane Washington. Interested in medicine from an early age, he set off as a pre-med to Carroll College in Helena, Montana. There, his work as a home health aide, and experiences observing family physicians in Eureka, Montana piqued his interest in a career in rural family medicine. After graduating with a degree in Biology, he returned to Spokane where he worked as an emergency room technician, confirming his desire to start the medical school journey. He was fortunate to remain in the Spokane area for most of his medical school years at the University of Washington. He was a TRUST Scholar (Targeted Rural Underserved Track), with longitudinal work in the rural community of Newport, Washington. For residency, he left his beloved hometown for Boise. He was drawn to FMRI by the rigorous, full-spectrum training and collegial atmosphere, as well as Idaho’s abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. He is particularly interested in the fields of mental health, addiction, obstetrics, and preventative medicine.

Outside of medicine he enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, reading, travel, and downhill skiing.  He frequently attempts to cook new recipes, with mixed results.

Nathan Ord, MD

Boise Program 2023

I’m from Juneau AK. I grew bouncing between a beached float-house in a remote site and town, playing sports, playing outside, and working on my dad’s crabbing boat. I went to college at Whitman, in Walla Walla WA, where I ski raced, played soccer and studied biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology. My plan was to work in the biological sciences in some capacity, however, after working at a lab bench, I realized I found far more enjoyment in working with people.

After spending a year as an intern ski coach and teacher with Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield VT, I got busy about getting into medical school. So, I headed back to Juneau to jump through the med school hoops.  Back in Juneau, while working as an MA and my application, some friends and I started a business making wooden maps with a CNC router we built, which was a great project and a hobby I hope to resurrect.

I did my medical education with the University of Washington through the AK WWAMI program, which allowed me to spend my first 1.5 years in AK. Along the way, I caught a Dall sheep, a couple of caribou, had some epic packrafting and skiing adventures, and made a lot of great friends. During my training I spent 6 months in a family medicine clinic in Juneau seeing community members. This experience reinforced the reward of longitudinal care. Although I toyed with the idea of several specialties I kept returning to family medicine for the long term relationships, breadth, and endless learning. Additionally, there is no better specialty for working in the remote areas of Alaska, and getting to know the extraordinary people and places.

I’m thankful to be part of FMRI’s intern class here in Boise, where I’ve been loving the biking, and paddling the area offers (in addition to the fantastic education). My partner is currently a 4th year medical student, also going into family medicine, and I’m crossing my fingers that she ends up in Boise next year (she’s smarter, kinder, and better looking than me). I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone over the next few years!

Resident Life

Morning temperatures this weekend are below freezing in Boise and even colder in the mountains. Which means time for hot springs! Idaho has 130 accesible hot springs, many just a day trip from Boise. Here, some call block seniors got out of town and into some hot springs over their golden weekend. ...

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Residents winding down with an after-work run in the foothills. Always hard to believe this is right out the backdoor. ...

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Week got you down? Find joy in the little things. The Al’s call team rocking some colorful kicks this weekend. ...

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All (masked) smiles in respiratory clinic 😷 ...

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Congratulations to our recent grads Kelly and Jeff Pennings on their wedding this past weekend! Wishing them love from the whole FMRI family. ...

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"The mission of the Wellness program is to support and promote the physical, psychological, social, and professional well-being of Family Medicine residents, provide them with the tools they will need to make healthy lifestyle choices and empower them to seek work-life balance in their own lives."

The program is run by residents under the guidance and support of faculty. A committee is elected who act as a liaison between the residents and faculty as a whole. There is also dedicated funding and didactic time provided by the residency.


  • Employee Assistance Program
  • ACMS Programs: Physician Vitality Program, free confidential counseling services, several free hosted events throughout the year
  • FMRI Wellness coaching: free coaching session with certified integrative health coach Robyn Griffiths
  • Narrative medicine: longitudinal didactic and extracurricular experiences supporting resident reflection on stories of illness and the training process
  • Memorial Service: offered annually at the end of the academic year to honor deaths within our community and space to grieve
  • Art of Family Medicine curriculum throughout residency


  • Mentoring: all residents are paired with a faculty member throughout residency for professional guidance. Interns are paired with senior residents during their first year to help with the transition into residency and a new city.
  • Retreats: There is an annual retreat in August to McCall, Idaho which includes the entire residency. Additionally, protected time each year is provided for individual class retreats.
  • Events: several organized family friendly social events throughout the year, often paired with ACMS. Regular book club gatherings. Multiple informal gatherings (mountain bike lessons, cross country ski lessons, trivia nights, relay teams, rec sports teams).
  • Opportunities to connect with local medical advocacy groups.
  • Cultural offerings at large in Boise: Boise Art Museum, Music (Knitting Factory, Neurolux, Treefort Music Fest) Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Ballet Idaho, Boise Philharmonic, The Morrison Center, Idaho Steelheads Hockey team, Boise State college athletics, grab a pint at one of the many breweries or sip at one of the many local wineries, and enjoy more dining, shopping, and art in Downtown Boise.


  • Free monthly yoga class for FMRI staff
  • Protected time for medical, behavioral, and dental appointments
  • Outdoor recreation is an important part of the Boise lifestyle. The Boise River courses through the heart of town, bordered by the Greenbelt path. The Ridge to Rivers Trail System boasts over 85 miles of maintained trails for biking/hiking/running. Excellent nordic and downhill skiing can be experienced at Bogus Basin, just 18 miles from town. Additional skiing at Brundage Mountain, Tamarack Resort, and Sun Valley is less than three hours away. Hiking, camping, and backcountry skiing are popular in the nearby Sawtooth, White Cloud, Smoky, and Boulder Mountains. Kayaking, rafting and fishing opportunities also abound with the city in close proximity to the Boise, Payette, Salmon, and Snake Rivers. Rock-climbing and mountaineering opportunities await at the City of Rocks and Sawtooths.


The application process allows the faculty and residents of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho to thoroughly review each applicant’s credentials prior to extending an invitation to interview. Applications will only be accepted through the ERAS system. Interviews will be scheduled during the fall/winter. The interview allows the applicant an opportunity to discuss the program with the faculty and residents; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually. Deadline for receiving applications is November 15, 2020. After all applicants have been interviewed, the faculty and residents rank applicants in order of preference and submit the list of names to the National Resident Matching Program.


  • Only ERAS applications are accepted: applicant must contact their medical school.
  • Our deadline is November 15 but we highly encourage you to apply as close to October 21 as possible.
  • International medical graduates must have a passing score on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2.
  • Applicant should not be more than two years out of medical school.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. One must be a letter from a Family Medicine physician with whom you have worked.
  • International medical graduates must be fluent in both written and oral English. Our Residency does not support or sponsor VISA’s of any kind.
  • For international medical graduates, please contact the Idaho State Board of Medicine to make sure your medical school is an approved school for licensure in Idaho, (208) 327-7000. If not approved, we cannot accept your application.

SALARY R1 | $56,400.00 R2 | $59,500.00 R3 | $62,000.00


Interview Dates

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020
  • Friday, November 6, 2020
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020
  • Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020
  • Friday, December 18, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 5, 2021
  • Friday, January 8, 2021
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Direct Inquiries Holly Taniguchi Boise Residncy Program Coordinator P: (208) 954-8740 Holly.Taniguchi@FMRIdaho.org 777 N Raymond Street Boise, ID 83704

Clinical Locations

Family Medicine Health Center

The FMHC is a Teaching Health Center and the foundation of our clinical work here in Boise. We have 9 different clinic sites within the FMHC, including 4 where Boise residents have continuity clinic. Click below for a brief description of each clinic.

Hospital Sites

Boise has a sophisticated medical community with over 700 physicians. All of the medical, surgical, and surgical sub specialties are represented. Boise is the referral center for one-half million people in an area of approximately 10,000 square miles. Click below for a brief description of each clinic.

Family Medicine Health Center Sites

Family Medicine Health Center – Raymond Clinic

The Raymond clinic has been the home location of our residency since 1983. All interns spend their first year as Raymond providers, and 6 upper level residents in each class also stay there for their full 3 years of residency.  Raymond is divided into three clinical teams by hallway as part of our PCMH initiative and is our largest clinic.   Patient mix is broad and exciting.   Procedural support is strong at this clinic and it houses many specialty clinics including sports medicine, rheumatology, and dermatology.  All our colonoscopies and EGDs are done here. Although it is an older clinic, it underwent significant remodeling in the last few years. Attending support is a mix of core residency faculty and part-time community preceptors.  This clinic offers a vibrant mix of patients and learning options.

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Family Medicine Health Center – Emerald Clinic

Our Emerald clinic is located across the street from our Raymond clinic. It offers a mix of broad primary care and multiple specialty clinics. In addition to faculty and resident Family Medicine clinics, Emerald houses our Wellness Center (a Ryan White funded HIV clinic), TB clinic, viral hepatitis clinic, PrEP clinic, transgender clinic, and refugee services including both refugee screening and primary care. Emerald Clinic additionally houses our 340b pharmacy which opened summer 2013. Two R2s and two R3s are empaneled at Emerald each year. Attending support is mainly by the family medicine faculty who see their own patients at Emerald. This clinic offers broad training in family medicine with a specialty/infectious disease bent.

Family Medicine Health Center – Idaho Street

The Idaho Street location is our newest clinical space, having recently relocated to a new spot in downtown Boise. The patient mix has historically had emphasis on pediatrics, obstetrics and women’s health, but now has broad patient panel reflective of FMRI patients, including rapidly increasing geriatrics and multiple languages.  In addition to the continuity clinics, there are dedicated OB clinics on Monday and Wednesdays, gynecology clinics on Mondays and a pediatrics clinic each day.  There is a musculoskeletal focus with OMT, FDM and Integrative medicine/acupuncture specialty clinics housed here.  All FMRI residents are able to experience these clinics.  Two R2s and two R3s are empaneled at Idaho Street each year. Attending support is mainly by the family medicine faculty who see their own patients at Idaho St, but many other faculty members often rotate through.

Family Medicine Health Center – Meridian Clinic

Our Meridian clinic is located approximately 8 miles west of Boise, near the St. Luke’s Meridian hospital. The patient population is varied and comes from both suburban (Meridian / Nampa area) and outlying rural towns.  Our Spanish speaking population is growing thanks to the work of our Promotora (community health worker) staff. We have a core Meridian OB patient panel that desires delivery at St. Luke’s Meridian giving residents an additional source of OB volume.  Our pediatric volume is high due to the demographics of the location in addition to the presence of a pediatrician on our staff.  Procedures are abundant and the clinic faculty embraces teaching. Two R2s and two R3s are empaneled at Meridian each year. The Meridian clinic offers residents the opportunity to practice on a single multidisciplinary team. We anticipate significant future growth in Meridian and Nampa and see this clinic as the center of our westward expansion efforts. In summer 2020, a second pharmacy location also opened in the Meridian clinic.

Family Medicine Health Center – Meridian Schools Clinic (MSC)

The Meridian Schools clinic is a collaboration between the FMHC and the West Ada school district. We are able to provide primary and acute care for children on site at school, thereby decreasing the time missed from school for medical appointments. No residents are empaneled at this site, but spend time there during some outpatient pediatrics rotations.

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Family Medicine Health Center – Kuna Clinic

The Kuna clinic offers a broad spectrum primary care in the rural town of Kuna, Idaho. No residents are empaneled at this site, but several of our faculty see their own patients there. The Kuna clinic provides care for diverse patients in a supportive, patient-centered, clinically-excellent environment and strive to make healthcare accessible and equitable to the underserved and vulnerable populations in our community

Family Medicine Health Center – Nampa South

Our Family Medicine Residency training program is dedicated to becoming your patient centered medical home.  We provide excellent patient care along with offering superb clinical training for medical residents who are becoming Family Medicine Physicians.  At FMHC you will be cared for by a medical team consisting of a physician and a resident physician who will be your primary care providers in conjunction with a mid-level provider (PA, NP, and CNM), psychologist, dietician, clinical pharmacist, community health workers, and care managers.  We are a tight-knit team that enjoys teaching and caring for those that need us.

Location & Contact Info:

Family Medicine Health Center – Nampa South
215 East Hawaii Avenue, Floor 1
Nampa, ID 83686

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Family Medicine Health Center – Nampa North

Located in the campus of the St. Luke’s Nampa Medical Center, this clinic which opened in July 2020 will be where half of each residency class will experience their continuity panel. We will have access to the same inter-profession team as Nampa South.

St. Luke’s Nampa Medical Center demonstrates their commitment to the city of Nampa and the growing population of Canyon County. The new 87-bed hospital offers a fully equipped emergency department, family suites for new mothers and their babies, a newborn intensive care unit (NICU), children’s services with outpatient sub-specialists, additional heart and orthopedics services, and an intensive care unit.

Location & Contact Info:

Family Medicine Health Center – Nampa North
9850 W St Lukes Dr, #329
Nampa, ID 83687

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Hospital Sites

St. Luke’s Medical Center Boise Campus

For more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center Boise Campus has been committed to serving the needs of a growing region. Founded in 1902 as a six-bed frontier hospital, St. Luke’s Boise is now Idaho’s largest health care provider, and the flagship hospital of St. Luke’s Health System.

St. Luke’s Boise is known for its centers of excellence in cancer, heart, and women’s and children’s care. Among our many services, we are home to St. Luke’s Heart, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute’s largest clinic, St. Luke’s Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Idaho.

Known for its clinical excellence, St. Luke’s Boise has been nationally recognized for quality and patient safety, and is proud to be designated a Magnet hospital, the gold standard for nursing care.

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Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, is part of Saint Alphonsus Health System. With four hospitals and a variety of medical clinics, we serve the full range of the healthcare and wellness needs of the people in southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada.

Saint Alphonsus is dedicated to delivering advanced medical services in a spiritual, healing environment throughout southwest Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. Through innovative technologies, compassionate staff and warm, healing environments, Saint Alphonsus strives to provide care that is focused on patients.

Founded in 1894 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Alphonsus was the first hospital established in Boise—bringing healthcare to the poor and underserved. Now referred to as Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, our licensed medical-surgical/acute care 381 bed facility serves as the center for advanced medicine and is poised to support the community well into the future.

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Boise VA Medical Center

Boise VAMC, with 87 active beds, provides general medical and surgical services to veterans. The hospital includes an inpatient medicine unit, a small psychiatric inpatient unit, and an outpatient health clinic. The VAMC also sponsors fellowships in geriatrics, pulmonary medicine, and infectious diseases. They also have an outstanding research program. First year residents from FMRI rotate for 2 months on the inpatient internal medicine services, supervised by second year internal medicine residents from the University of Washington.

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St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center

St. Luke’s Meridian has been meeting the needs of west Ada County families since 2001. From nationally-recognized nursing to state-of-the-art technology, you’ll find the high quality, compassionate care that’s been the hallmark of St. Luke’s for more than 100 years.

Conveniently located in the population center of our valley, St. Luke’s Meridian is a Magnet-designated hospital—the gold standard for nursing excellence. We’re home to Idaho’s busiest emergency department and offer advanced inpatient and outpatient surgery, mother-baby services, diagnostics from x-ray to MRI, state-of-the-art cancer treatment, critical care, a chest pain center, and more. The campus also includes a wide range of primary and specialty physician clinics and Idaho’s largest and most comprehensive cardiac rehab center.

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Community Ada County Medical Society (ACMS) is a local group who provides various opportunities to connect with the greater medical community and beyond. Click here for education and recreational opportunities.

Recreation Outdoor recreation is an important part of the Boise lifestyle. The Boise River courses through the heart of the city and is bordered by the Greenbelt bike and walking path that runs from Lucky Peak Reservoir to Eagle Island State Park. Boise was voted the “#1 mountain biking town” by Bike and Mountain Bike magazines. The Ridge to Rivers Trail System boasts over 85 miles of maintained trails for walking and riding. Excellent nordic and downhill skiing can be experienced at Bogus Basin, just 18 miles from the center of town and very popular with the locals for its inexpensive season pass (under $250). Additional skiing at Brundage Mountain, Tamarack Resort, and Sun Valley is less than three hours away. Hiking, camping, and backcountry skiing are popular in the nearby Sawtooth, White Cloud, Smoky, and Boulder Mountains

Kayaking, rafting and fishing opportunities also abound with the city in close proximity to the Boise, Payette, Salmon, and Snake Rivers. Idaho in general has many premier whitewater rafting and kayaking river systems, with the Payette River system less than one hour from town. The Payette offers everything from beginner runs to Class 5 whitewater. The several forks of world famous Salmon River and the Hell’s Canyon section of the Snake River are popular for multi-day trips, as are the stunning desert gorges of the Bruneau, Jarbridge and Owyhee Rivers south of Boise.

Rock-climbing enthusiasts can easily access the local basalt crag known as the Black Cliffs just east of town. Amazing granite routes in the City of Rocks and the Sawtooth Mountains are both less than four hours by car. Mountaineering opportunities also abound in the state, with many excellent routes in the Seven Devils, Sawtooths, White Clouds, Boulders, and Lost River ranges, to name a few.

But you don't need to leave town to find something fun to do. Boise has a vital city center that offers musical entertainment, theatre, opera, good food and shopping. Tubing the cool Boise River during the hot summer months is a popular pastime. The extensive park system, including the Boise Greenbelt, is home to multiple city sports leagues and festivals. The parks and river provide refuge without ever leaving the city.

Scholarly Activity

Recent Highlights: Publications:

Kim Stutzman, MD, et al. (2020, January 19). Support for rural practice: female physicians and the life-career interface. V20(1). Retrieved from: https://www.rrh.org.au/journal/article/5341

Travis Griffiths, MD, et al. (2019, June). Cholecystostomy: Are we using it correctly. The American Journal of Surgery. V217(6):1010-1015. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2019.04.002.

Abby Davids, MD, MPH, Margaret Mortimer, MSN, et al. (2018, December 14). Unresolved Splenomegaly in Recently Resettled Congolese Refugees — Multiple States, 2015–2018. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6749a2.htm?s_cid=mm6749a2_w.

Brown, P, et. al. (2018, November 26). Evaluation of Food Insecurity in Adults and Children With Cystic Fibrosis: Community Case Study.  Front. Public Health. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2018.00348.

Mayer-Hamblett N, Brown P, et. al. (2018, November 1). Azithromycin for Early Pseudomonas Infection in Cystic Fibrosis: The OPIMIZE Randomized Trial. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 1;198(9):1177-1187. https://doi.org/10.1164/rccm.201802-0215OC.

Freedman SD, Brown P, et. al. (2018, October). Absorption and Safety with Sustained Use of RELiZORB Evaluation (ASSURE) Study in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis Receiving Enteral Feeding. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 67(4):527-532. https://doi.org/10.1097/MPG.0000000000002110.

Presentations: Scott Hippe, MD (2018, October). Saving Lives in Slow Motion. TedX Spokane 2018, Beyond Ourselves in Spokane, WA American Academy of Family Medicine FMX Conference 2018, Sept 24-28 in New Orleans, LA

  • Procedural Institute Director Justin Bailey, presented continued medical education titled: Hemorrhoids and Anal Fissure: Anorectal Disease – Diagnosis and Treatment”

Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, held May 5-9 in Washington, D.C.

  • Boise Program Director Justin Glass, Nampa Program Director Kim Stutzman, faculty member Sandy Mudge, and fellow Jaclyn Cooperrider, presented a lecture discussion entitled “Game On: Solving the Puzzle of Resident Education Using Continuity Panels.” They offered insights and experience with the re-work of FMRI’s didactic structure to include registry management time paired with core outpatient topics.
  • Director of Behavioral Sciences, Research and Grants Winslow Gerrish led a pre-conference workshop on Medical Improv titled “‘Yes, And’ for My Learners: Using Medical Improve to Grow Creative and Professional Physician Communicators,” collaborating with colleagues from several different locations across the country.
  • Residents Loren Colson and Margaret Pluskal, along with faculty members Margaret Mortimer and Abby Davids, presented a lecture discussion on the newly-expanded Global Medicine Training Track at FMRI’s Emerald Clinic, entitled “Global Health at Home: Integrating Residents into the Care of Special Populations.”
  • HIV and Viral Hepatitis fellows Sarah Henkle and Maia Pinsky, along with faculty member Abby Davids, presented a lecture/didactic session on HIV prevention using pre-exposure prophylaxis, entitled “PrEP in Primary Care: Training the Family Medicine Workforce in HIV Prevention.”

Highlighted Curricular Strengths

Inpatient Medicine
We feel strongly about preparing you for inpatient medicine. We give you two blocks of experience on a VA internal medicine team in the intern year.  But the core of our experience is on a busy inpatient family medicine service at St. Alphonsus. You will do 2 blocks here in your R1 year, 3 in the R2 year and 2 in your R3 year.  Our senior residents run this service.  We take care of a good mix of acuity and you will be in and out of the open ICU through all 3 years. We do give you an additional two weeks of ICU time in your R2 year to build your skill set working 1:1 with our critical care docs.  Our patient population is underserved and you will see a great mix of pathology.  Our consultants (pulm-critical care, cardiology, GI, nephrologists, and a variety of surgeons)  are dedicated teachers.
You will spend eight weeks on pediatrics in your R1 year. This will be split between newborn nursery and pediatric hospitalist rotations with supervision from pediatric and FM faculty.  In your R2 year, you will do 2 weeks of NICU and 2 weeks of pediatric hospitalist.  In your R3 year, you will do 2-4 weeks of pediatric hospitalist, 2 weeks of pediatric ER experience, and 2 weeks pediatric evening float supervision (admitting new patients supervising an R1).  In addition, throughout your MCH (OB) rotations you will cover nighttime pediatric admissions.  Consistent exposure to peds inpatient care throughout residency will help prepare you for rural practice.  Our strong pediatric outpatient curriculum is built around our own pediatric focused clinics in Boise, Meridian and Nampa as well as pediatric subspecialty clinic time in Boise.  This outpatient experience is also spread across all three years.
We provide a rich obstetrical training environment for our residents.  We provide  full-time or part-time L&D coverage at four local hospitals – St. Luke’s Boise, St. Luke’s Meridian, St. Alphonsus Boise and St. Alphonsus Nampa.  Our core maternal child health team is based out of St. Luke’s Boise and you will take advantage of relationships with local obstetricians here around labor management and delivery.  Additionally, our senior residents partner with the OB hospitalists and MFM consultant group to manage the high risk service.  C-section experience is gained here with all three groups of obstetricians and interested residents will get foundational experience in primary c-sections.  Our FQHC clinic system generates an average of 18-22 continuity deliveries per resident and you will manage these patients at one of the Boise / Meridian hospitals with a family medicine faculty doctor or a midwife.  We partner with Terry Reilly family medicine doctors for vaginal deliveries and c-section experience in Nampa in the R1 year and on inpatient selectives in the R2 or R3 year.  Two of our grads are doing c-sections at this hospital providing a model of FM with surgical OB here in the Treasure Valley.
Women’s Health
We are a RHEDI-funded resident training site. Residents have the opportunity to engage in full-spectrum women's health care training throughout their 3 years of residency. A one month gynecology rotation includes time spent with board-certified gynecologists who provide colposcopies, LEEPs, and other procedures at our Idaho Street Clinic. The RHEDI grant also allows us to provide free IUDs (Mirena, Paragard, and Liletta) and Nexplanons to patients. Those who qualify for our sliding fee scale pay a nominal insertion fee.
FMRI is dedicated to providing a broad skill set in obstetrical and point of care ultrasound training. We have ultrasound capabilities across all of our clinic sites and subsidize purchases of handheld ultrasounds (Butterfly). Specific training is offered in trans-abdominal and trans-vaginal obstetric ultrasounds for dating as well as limited training on fetal anatomy. Additionally we encourage point of care ultrasound use for joint injections, central line placement, CLUE, FAST, DVT, lung pneumo/ pneumonia, and amniotic fluid evaluation
You will spend one month in the St. Luke’s ER as an R2 and one month in the Saint Alphonsus ER as an R3. The R2 rotation builds a foundation of ER medicine. The Saint Alphonsus R3 rotation is a Level 2 trauma center providing great preparation for rural practice.  Additionally, R3 residents will spend 2 weeks at St. Luke's ER taking care of pediatric patients. Most residents also spend significant time in the ER at rural sites throughout residency training.
Rural Medicine
You will spend two weeks in the R1 year and four weeks in both the R2 and R3 year at rural sites in Idaho.  You will work with our rural focused faculty and coordinator to select sites that fit your training goals.  Sites offer a variety of combinations of clinic, ER and hospital experiences that will help you understand the breadth of rural medicine.  Rural family physicians from 30 communities participate in our rural training so the offerings are extensive.   Housing is provided at sites distant from Boise.  Sites close to Boise allow residents with families to balance rural experience and the need to be home at night.
Integrative Medicine/Acupuncture
Our largest clinic and training site now offers an Integrative Medicine Clinic, where a full time faculty member offers IM consults and treatments.  Residents will have the opportunity to rotate through to learn about a variety of subjects including acupuncture, gua-sha (scraping), herbs/supplements, and mind-body medicine. In addition, we provide an annual Integrative Medicine half day, which is protected time for all residents to be exposed to the above subjects.  Additional lectures and exposure available on request.   We anticipate continued growth over the next few years in our Integrative Medicine curriculum and offerings for residents.
FMRI provides training to perform all office-based and inpatient procedures needed to feel comfortable in a broad-spectrum practice. In 2018, we will be focusing on expanding our bedside ultrasound curriculum. See the list below for examples of the procedures we are performing at all training sites.
SkinSimple lesion destruction, removal of epidermal inclusion cysts, lipoma, warts, simple and complex repairs anywhere (yes anywhere), foreign body removal, piercing removal, simple and complex biopsy, mucous membrane biopsy, plastics and flaps, fungal biopsy, nail plate and nail bed biopsy, BCC, SCC, melanoma, traumatic repair
Sports MedJoint injections and aspirations small and large (fingers to hips), ultrasound guided injections (hips/knees/ankles, etc), carpel tunnel injections, dislocated joints, nursemaid elbows, casting, fracture management
MSKTrigger point injection, osteopathic manipulation, fascial distortion model treatment, ganglion cysts drainage and tx
HospitalParacentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar Puncture, central lines, arterial lines, ultrasound guided +/-, airway management and intubations
Womens HealthIUD, nexplanon, sedated pap smears, vulvar biopsy, periurethral biopsies, colposcopy, leep, Bartholins abscess treatment, OB ultrasound 1,2,3 dating (not anatomy scan), STD screening,  rectal biopsy, vaginal and anal condyloma removal, miscarriage management, pessary placement, EMB, GYN ultrasound
Mens HealthVasectomy (can track for training), genital/ anal condyloma removal
NeuroMigraine treatment- posterior occipital nerve injections, c6 para cervical blocks, sphenopalentine ganglion blocks, sciatica, meralgia parasthetica
CVExercise treadmills, US guided IV/ central line placement, bedside US
PedsCircumcision, lingual frenotomy, umbilical artery catheterization, umbilical venous catheterization, neonatal resuscitations, lumbar punctures
ENTFlexible nasalpharengoscopy, anterior epistaxis cauterization, piercing removal and placement, hordeolum/chalazion tx simple and advanced, auricular hematoma drainage, peritonsilar access drainage, foreign body removal, mucocel, bite trauma
AnesthesiaConscious sedation, local nerve blocks (oral, peripheral), hematoma blocks
Wound CareUnna boots, wound debridement, long term management
GIColonoscopy, EGD (can track for scope training), pilonidal cyst management, anal skin tags, hemorrhoids internal and external, celiac biopsy, eosinophilic esophagitis biopsy, IBD r/o, anal fissure
POCUSPoint of Care Ultrasound is a growing curriculum.  Bedside based heart, lung, AAA screening, DVT exams, liver, gallbladder, skin mass/lipoma, access evaluation/cellulitis evaluation. IVC, kidney/bladder. FAST exams. Handheld ultrasound available for use on inpatient and bedside ultrasound available at all training sites.
Wilderness Medicine
Here at FMRI, we acknowledge that many of our medical students, residents, faculty and graduates recreate throughout the state and seasons, so we feel it is important to develop proficiency in managing out of hospital emergencies. To achieve this goal we are incorporating Wilderness Medicine training into our curriculum. Currently, we have developed a 3 day course that is protected time during the R2 year at the remote and stunningly beautiful Burgdorf Hot Springs, near McCall, Idaho. This site is unique in that it is only accessible by snowmobile during the winter, is rustic yet comfortable with wood stove heated cabins and a large geothermal hot spring which we utilize both for water based training and relaxation. Our plan is to develop this course into a nationally recognized certification course such as AWLS (Advanced Wilderness Life Support) and to expand the curriculum to include a summer course as well.
Behavioral Health
Behavioral Health training is at the core of our residency training program.  We have integrated behavioral health faculty and LCSWs into our clinic system.  This allows for warm handoffs around behavioral issues (mental health, substance abuse, motivational interviewing, etc).  Our two behavioral health faculty spend time on rotation with all of our R1s and R2s to build foundational knowledge and clinical care skill sets.  We additionally have psychiatry residents who do primary care based continuity clinics at our Raymond site with psychiatry faculty oversight.  Formal psychiatry consult clinic occurs on Mondays.
Global Health Opportunities
FMRI offers two away electives to interested residents – one in the R2 year and one in the R3 year. This allows time for a global health focused resident to explore two different sites. Although residents are free to set up their own electives, we also have a variety of sites in Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa that former residents have utilized and at which we can help facilitate rotations. We offer a $500 stipend per resident to support one such trip.  In addition, we have extra funding for residents who are seeking to improve their Spanish language skills locally or internationally.  FMRI grads tend to apply their skills broadly and internationally; we currently have four graduates working in Africa in government jobs or for faith based organizations. In addition to away electives, we have ample opportunities for residents to gain global health skills and knowledge right here at home.  Boise has traditionally been one of the top five cities in the US for refugee resettlement per capita, and so we are fortunate to take care of patients with refugee status from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Our Emerald clinic does the bulk of this care, providing initial screening exams for all individuals with refugee status who are resettled to Boise, and then ongoing primary care for the majority of those individuals.  Our Emerald clinic also houses our HIV, TB, and viral hepatitis subspecialty clinics. Interested residents can choose Emerald as their continuity clinic site, and can participate in our Global Medicine Training Track, led by Abby Davids and Margaret Mortimer. Through a longitudinal curriculum as well as electives and online modules, residents gain experience in the spectrum of infectious disease, chronic disease, cultural issues, and behavioral health care needs that are essential to provide comprehensive care for our global populations.
Infectious Disease
Tied closely to our Global Medicine opportunities, residents at FMRI gain extra experience in infectious disease management. The Family Medicine Health Center Emerald Clinic houses the Wellness Center, a Ryan White funded HIV subspecialty clinic serving over 600 patients. All residents have basic exposure to the Wellness Center, and can do additional training either via elective rotations or by participating in our longitudinal curriculum and choosing Emerald as their continuity clinic site. Along with our HIV specialist faculty, our HIV & Viral Hepatitis Fellows are heavily involved in resident education. We provide all inpatient care for patients living with HIV on our family medicine service at St. Alphonsus, as well. We also train all residents in evaluating and providing patients with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. The Emerald Clinic also houses our TB clinic, via a partnership we have with the Central District Health Department. Providing care for individuals with both active and latent TB, the TB clinic is another great experience for residents wishing to gain skills applicable at both home and abroad. Finally, as hepatitis C becomes an increasingly primary-care focused disease, we are working towards having all FMRI residents trained and comfortable in the management of chronic hepatitis C. Our hepatitis C clinic serves patients from both within the FMRI system and on a referral basis from other community providers. We are currently providing viral hepatitis care for prisoners via a partnership with the Idaho Department of Corrections, as well. All residents rotate through the hepatitis C clinic, and can gain extra experience via elective rotations.
Addiction Medicine
FMRI has an active curriculum in addiction medicine. All  residents get training and certification in  Buprenorphine/Suboxone prescribing and receive a waiver from the DEA. One of our family medicine faculty also has board certification in addiction medicine and our head of behavioral health has many years of experience working in addiction medicine. We have a well organized, multidisciplinary, best practice, screening clinic for all patients being considered for controlled substance prescriptions. Between this and a well organized Buprenorphine/Suboxone protocol, we believe that we provide a good model in the care of patients with chronic pain, anxiety,  or substance use disorders that serves our patients well and leaves our graduates with a good framework that they can use in their practices. The Family Medicine Health Center follows the Centers for Disease Control Guideline for Prescribing Opioids. We try to use alternatives to opioid medications  and, if opioids are needed, prescribe the lowest effective dosage. We do not prescribe chronic high dose opioid therapy for patients other than cancer and hospice patients.
Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy
FMRI is now recognized by the ACGME for Osteopathic Training; residents will now be able to choose to enter an osteopathic track after meeting certain criteria which will provide opportunities to expand their osteopathic knowledge in a longitudinal curriculum. Longitudinal training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is offered to Resident Physicians who are interested in continuing to improve their pre-doctoral skills. This includes integrating osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) into a resident’s own continuity clinic, as well as an OMT-focused clinic. Further opportunities include Fascial Distortion Model, trigger point injections, quarterly osteopathic journal clubs, and OMT didactics during residency-wide conference days.  Three osteopathic faculty (Shepherdson / Colson / McCormick) provide oversight and mentoring.   Additionally, we work hard to teach osteopathic principles and practical skills to our allopathic residents.
Transgender Health Clinic
The Transgender Health Clinic at FMRI is housed at the Emerald Clinic and run by faculty physician Dr. Marvin Alviso. Dr. Alviso and nursing staff create an accepting atmosphere in offering health services for patients 8 years old and up. Services include gender affirming hormones, puberty blocker options and assistance in navigating transition needs. Currently an integrated part of Dr. Alviso’s regular clinic schedule, the Transgender Health Clinic will become a dedicated 3rd Tuesday session beginning in January 2018. This scheduling will allow residents and students to spend time in a focused transgender clinic to gain subspecialty experience.
You will have 3.5 blocks (or 14 weeks) of time during residency on elective training to further your specific learning goals. You can do electives away from Boise (internationally or in other US locations), as well as locally. You will have control over your elective experiences with guidance available on how to schedule and create experiences that will suit your needs. We also have several longitudinal elective opportunities that you can participate in over the course of residency.  In addition to this, the three rural rotations give you the opportunity to select sites / preceptors that fit your interests.

Medical Students

Medical Students & Sub-Internships Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) Boise Program offers clerkships and sub-internships for medical students in both Family Medicine and Pediatrics. Students interested in Family Medicine or Pediatric clerkships or sub-internships at FMRI Boise must first meet the criteria below. Medical Student Elective Rotation Criteria:

  • 3rd Year FM Clerkships: FMRI Boise will accept third year clerkship medical students from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, the University Of Utah School Of Medicine, the Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine or the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • 3rd Year Peds Clerkships: FMRI Boise will accept third year clerkship medical students from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, the Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine or the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • 4th Year FM Inpatient Sub-Internship or Outpatient Rotation: FMRI Boise will accept fourth-year medical students for Family Medicine in-patient sub-internship or out-patient rotations from any U.S. medical school on a space available basis after items 1-3 below have been received, reviewed and approved.
  • 4th Year Peds Sub-Internship: FMRI Boise will accept fourth-year medical students from the University of Washington, Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine or the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine on a space available basis for Pediatric sub-internships after items 1-3 below have been received, reviewed and approved.
  • Due to hospital credentialing, non-University of Washington, Pacific Northwest University, University of Utah or Idaho College of Osteopathic students applying for an inpatient, sub-internship rotation must first be approved by FMRI Boise and then apply through the University of Washington visiting student clinical elective program, VSAS/VSLO. Please check the University of Washington rotation dates before applying. Requested rotation dates should fall within the rotation guidelines and ideally be for four weeks. Registration through VSAS/VSLO should be started at least ten weeks prior to your desired rotation date and the final confirmation of your rotation from the University of Washington received at least four weeks prior to your rotation start date in order to be eligible to start your rotation.
  • Non University of Washington medical students applying for an outpatient elective will not have to register through the VSAS/VSLO.

To apply for a fourth-year rotation, please complete the following items and return to FMRI Boise via e-mail to: Kaye Nelson: kaye.nelson@FMRIdaho.org. P: (208) 954-8741 Please send:

Please note: A vehicle is required for this rotation and we do not provide housing for students completing fourth-year rotations and non-University of Washington third year students. Housing and transportation are your responsibility.  

COVID-19 Statement: The safety of our learners and our community are important to us at FMRI. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are following the guidance put forth by the AAMC and will be restricting our away rotations to the following criteria for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. A letter addressing the specific situation will be required from the learner's institution.

  • Learners who have an interest in family medicine but do not have access to a clinical experience with a residency program in family medicine in their school’s system.
  • Learners interested in family medicine for whom an away rotation is required for graduation or accreditation requirements.
  • Learners from institutions geographically close to our program whose medical schools do not offer adequate family medicine clinical experiences to meet student demand.


2020 Class

Lauren Franklin, MD

Boise Program 2020

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Current Job: Hospitalist Saint Alphonsus Nampa and Boise


Ali Makki, MD

Boise Program 2020

Medical School: University of Al-Mustansiriyah College of Medicine, Iraq
Current Job: Physician at St. Luke’s West Family Medicine Clinic, Boise

Michael McRae, DO

Boise Program 2020

Medical School: The University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX
Current Job: University of Colorado Diabetes Fellowship (2020-2021) then Physician at St. Luke’s, Nampa


Daniel Mueller, MD

Boise Program 2020

Medical School: Jacobs School Of Medicine And Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY
Current Job: Geriatrics Fellowship at FMRI (2020-2021)


Andrew Narver, DO

Boise Program - Chief Resident 2020

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Current Job: Sports Medicine Fellowship in Fort Worth, TX (2020-2021)

Jeffrey Pennings, DO

Boise Program 2020

Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Current Job: Faculty Physician at FMRI Nampa

Jessica Sallstrom, DO

Boise Program - Chief Resident 2020

Medical School: A.T. Still University – School of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-SOMA)
Current Job: Family Medicine Physician at Terry Reilly, Boise


Robin Sautter, MD

Boise Program 2020

Medical School: University of Minnesota-Duluth (2 years) / Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) in Willmar, MN (1 year)
Current Job: Surgical Obstetrics Fellowship in Tacoma, WA (2020-2021)

Kelly Stanley, DO

Boise Program - Chief Resident 2020

Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Current Job: Family Medicine/OB Physician at St. Luke’s, Meridian

Kyle Renner, MD

Boise Program 2020

Medical School: University of Kansas SOM in Wichita
Current Job: Physician at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington Kansas


Ty Waters, MD

Boise Program 2020

Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Current Job: Family Medicine Physician at St. Luke’s, Mountain View

2019 Class

Josef Bartels, MD, MPH

Boise Program Graduate 2019

Medical School: University of Rochester
Current Job: Hospitalist Saint Alphonsus Nampa and Boise

Louie Bartoletti, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2019

Medical School: University of Washington – Montana WWAMI
Current Job: Soldotna, AK

Marion Cook, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2019

Medical School: University of New Mexico
Current Job: Albuquerque, NM  (FQHC)

Scott Hippe, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2019

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Current Job: Family Medicine in Chelan, WA

Annie Hofstetter, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2019

Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno
Current Job: St. Luke’s Boise

Melissa Roop, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2019

Medical School: University of Washington
Current Job: FMRI Idaho Street Clinic Faculty & Hospitalist at Saint Alphonsus Nampa

Justin Shippen, DO

Boise Program Graduate 2019

Medical School: Des Moines University – College of Osteopathic Medicine
Current Job: Rexburg, ID Hospitalist + Rigby locums clinic coverage

Zach Weiss, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2019

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Current Job: Geriatric Focus at St. Alphonsus in Nampa, ID

Zechariah Wilson, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2019

Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Current Job: Sports Medicine & FM Focus at Primary Health in Caldwell, ID

Minnie Yordon, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2019

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Current Job:

2018 Class

Elizabeth Atnip, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Current Job: Broad spectrum faculty job in Boise, ID

Loren Colson, DO

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Current Job: Broad spectrum faculty job in Boise, ID


Amanda Dauten, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Current Job: Outpatient focused family medicine in Northfield, Vermont

Billy Galligar, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Current Job: Palliative Care focused job in Treasure Valley region of Idaho

Kacy Herron, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Current Job: Broad spectrum surgical OB job in Juneau, AK

Benjamin Holland, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Current Job: Outpatient focused job in Fruitland, ID + inpatient locums in Nampa, ID

Emily Knudsen, MD, MPH

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: University of Virginia
Current Job: Broad spectrum work at a FQHC in Enterprise, Oregon

Janae Krahn, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Current Job: Broad spectrum faculty job in Meridian, ID

Luke Mather, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine / WWAMI Alaska
Current Job: Broad spectrum job in Juneau, AK and Anchorage, AK

Molly McCormick, DO

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Current Job: Broad spectrum faculty job in Kuna, ID

Margaret Pluskal, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2018

Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Current Job: Broad spectrum work in Cottonwood, ID

2017 Class

Chelsea Carlson, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Current job: Faculty member at FMRI providing outpatient, inpatient and obstetrical care

Danielle Davies, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school: Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in New Jersey
Current job: FMRI Faculty in Nampa, ID (Nampa Residency Program)

Jaclyn Cooperrider, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine, Idaho WWAMI track
Current job: FMRI Faculty & Idaho Sports Medicine Institute, Boise, ID

Nathan Defrees, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school: Oregon Health Sciences University
Current job: Outpatient, inpatient and obstetrical family medicine in Baker City, OR

Julia Forberg, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school; University of Minnesota School of Medicine – Duluth campus.
Current job: Family medicine with OB in Red Wing, MN

Sarah Henkle, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school: Rush Medical College
Current job: Finished HIV Viral Hepatitis Fellowship at FMRI 2017-2018. Core faculty in Chicago beginning January 2019

Jenna Ingersoll, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.
Current job: Completed OB fellowship at the University of Utah in 2017-2018; currently working as a broad spectrum family physician in Ashland, Wisconsin

Maia Pinsky, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school: University of Vermont School of Medicine
Current job:  HIV Viral Hepatitis Fellow 2017-2018. Now practicing outpatient Family Medicine and HIV care in Gardiner, ME

Michael Wauters, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.
Current job: Outpatient, inpatient and obstetrical family medicine in Port Angeles, WA

Kelsey Wertzler, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine
Current job: FMRI Faculty in Nampa, ID (Nampa Residency Program)

Lindsay Orme, MD

Boise Program Graduate 2017

Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine
Current job: Practicing broad spectrum Family Medicine in Caldwell, ID

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Taskforce

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Curriculum 2020-2021

JEDI Curriculum 2020-2021

R1 Orientation:
1 hour Implicit Bias/Bystander Training, Reporting
1 (July)TBD
Resident Retreat:
1-2 hours Residents and Faculty
-Unconscious Bias and Privilege
-Needs Assessment
-Bystander training
2 (August)TBD
Faculty Rotating JEDI Topic Meeting
R2 Professional Development: 1 hour engagement
3 (September)TBD
R3 Professional Development: 1 hour engagement5 (October)TBD
Faculty Meeting:
Inclusion Language for Resident Interviews, 30-45 minutes

Resident Meeting:
Inclusion language for resident interview, 30-45 minutes
6 (November)TBD
R1 Balint:
1h Microagressions and Micoraffirmations
7 (December)TBD
R2 AFM2: ½ conference unconscious bias and privilege


Faculty OSCE
8 (January)TBD
R3 Practice Management:
Identifying Unconscious Bias in their Practices
11 (April)TBD
R3 Practice Management:
Identifying Unconscious Bias in their Practices
11 (April)TBD
R2 Professional Development:
Fostering Inclusive Climates
12 (May)TBD
R3 Professional Development:
Diversity and Inclusion and Work

-Fostering inclusion
-Bystander training
13 (June)TBD
Cultural humility plus 3, 1 hour additional sessions
-Diversity definitions/Unconscious Bias
-Bystander training
-Role playing
-Promoting Inclusive Climates
-Critical Race Theory
4x / YearTBD
COW/Journal Article
-Health equity
-Race in Medicine


Assessing Implicit Bias in a Rural FM Residency and Creating a Diversity Curriculum Submission Proposal

Implicit bias affects the way we interact with our peers, colleagues, supervisors, staff and patients. It can affect the way we practice medicine and directly impacts how we learn. With female medical students and residents now increasing in numbers to more than fifty percent, residents face a new challenge of discussing how to manage gender bias within training. Racial bias within a rural residency program can also pose a significant challenge. Discussing bias and increasing diversity within a rural training site is an important step in changing the cultural bias in medicine.