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Caldwell RTT

Welcome to the Caldwell Rural Training Track (RTT) Family Medicine Residency. The RTT is a branch of the main Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Program that is designed especially for broad-spectrum rural family medicine training. Here in Caldwell, our faculty is passionate about the training of Family Medicine Physicians. We are an unopposed program supported by the entire medical community of Caldwell and the surrounding areas. Therefore, we are able to provide an extremely broad training experience for our residents. Trainees essentially become a member of the medical group when they come to Caldwell as a resident, allowing for great professional and personal flexibility. This is very important because we recognize that balance is necessary to make well-rounded, fulfilled physicians.

The Caldwell RTT began in 1995 with one resident per year, graduating our first resident in 1998. In 2006, due to the program’s success, it was expanded to two residents per year (six residents’ total). In 2011, once again, the program expanded to three residents per year (nine residents’ total). All of our graduates are board certified family medicine physicians. Of our graduates to date, 88% are serving in rural areas.

The first year of training is completed in Boise with the core residency program. The second and third year residents complete their training in Caldwell (about 30 miles west of Boise). Medical students interested in the Caldwell program must submit an application through ERAS separate from the Boise application. Applicants invited to interview in Caldwell will also be interviewing in Boise on the following day.

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Curriculum

PGY-1 FMHC (1-2) half days per week, 4-6 patients per half day clinic; 2nd 6 months (2) 1 clinic per/week in Caldwell

RotationWeeksLocation
Internal Medicine Family Medicine8/8St. Alphonsus/VA
Pediatrics Inpatient12St. Luke's
Obstetrics8St. Luke's
Dermatology
NICU
2/2Office/ St. Luke's
Geriatrics
Behavioral Health
2/2Office
Surgery4West Valley
Emergency Medicine4West Valley

PGY-2 Caldwell (3) half days per week, 8-10 patients per half day

RotationWeeksLocation
Medicine12West Valley
Night Float12West Valley
Family Medicine4Office
Obstetrics6West Valley
Behavioral Health
Community Medicine
4Office
Longitudinal Curriculum4West Valley
Elective4Office

PGY-3 Caldwell (3-4) half days per week, 10-12 patients per half day

RotationWeeksLocation
Medicine8West Valley
Night Float8West Valley
Obstetrics8West Valley
Gynecology 4Office
Elective8Office
Longitudinal Curriculum16West Valley

Faculty

Jocele Skinner, MD

Associate Program Director - Caldwell RTT

Dr. Skinner was born in Nampa, Idaho and raised on a ranch in Eastern Oregon. Dr. Skinner graduated from The College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, and then attended medical school in St. Louis, MO at Saint Louis University. The rural lifestyle and love of the high desert and sagebrush brought her back home to Idaho for residency. She attended the FMRI Rural Track in Caldwell, and then stayed on to join the same medical group after graduation. She volunteers as the team physician in Homedale, the small farming town where she now resides. Dr. Skinner is married to George, and has two children, Catie and Jack. She has never been able to really give up ranch life, and her family has collected quite the menagerie of farm animals over the years. In her personal time, she enjoys knitting, cooking, reading, and gardening.

Michelle Gardner, MD

Family Medicine

Fellowship: Obstetrics and Rural Health, University of Texas Medical School
Residency: University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX Medical School: University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX

Lindsay Orme, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Orme is a graduate of the University of Washington Medical School. She is also a 2017 graduate of the Boise Residency Program. Her experience in Family Medicine covers a broad spectrum, from training medical students, in-patient medicine, and obstetrics to providing primary care to a diverse population at a family medical clinic.

Samantha Portenier, MD

Program Director Caldwell

Samantha Portenier was born in Ontario, Oregon and grew up in northern Idaho. She went to undergraduate school on a rodeo scholarship and after graduating from Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho did a year of graduate research at the University of Idaho before going to medical school at the University of Nevada, School of Medicine. In Nevada, she focused on primary care and rural medicine and returned to Idaho to do residency at the Caldwell Rural Training Track. After graduation in 2000, she joined the faculty of the family medicine residency and became the site director of the Caldwell Rural Training Track in 2004. She completed her specialized training as Program Director in 2013. When not at work, she is active with her family ranching, training performance horses and traveling to her three children’s rodeos where they participate.

Michael Roach, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Michael Roach, M.D. graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.A. in English, completed additional coursework at both the University of Idaho and Northern Arizona University, and then attended medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, graduating in 1987. He then completed a family medicine residency in 1990 at the Saint Joseph’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Phoenix, Arizona.

Roger Wyatt, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Roger Wyatt, M.D. is a board-certified family medicine physician at the Saint Alphonsus Medical Group Elm Clinic in Caldwell. From Arizona to St. Maartin, Salt Lake City and Idaho, his education and medical training is as expansive as the academic achievements for which he has been recognized. He is committed to his patients and the community. As a dedicated partner in the wellness of his patients, Dr. Wyatt brings a passion for listening to each patient’s unique needs to educate and empower them to reach their wellness goals.

Current Residents

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Pamela Anderson, DO

Caldwell RTT 2020

I could not feel more at home working, learning, and growing here at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.  The possibility to work with a diverse, underserved patient population, utilize my Spanish fluency, gain competence in a variety of procedures, and be well supported by the FMRI team made  this residency an excellent fit for me.  Additionally, as a Doctor of Osteopathic medicine, I love using Osteopathic Manipulative techniques to help treat many of my patients.   

For me, Family Medicine means holding all the cards of  a patient’s health in my hands, keeping the whole picture of this unique person in mind as I help them move through their lives. I enjoy encouraging and motivating my patients to make lifestyle changes, troubleshooting how to achieve their health goals.

Coming from the green, rainy side of Oregon,  I am enjoying the sunshine and opportunities to do some of my favorite activities like rock climbing, biking, and hiking. I do still like a good, solid rain living up to my Oregon Duck fan origins. In the winter, I look forward to cross country skiing, knitting, and drinking many pots of tea.

Eric Donahue, MD

Caldwell RTT 2020

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I am proud to be an Idaho native from the Boise/Caldwell area. My interest in medicine began when my wife and I volunteered as community health workers in the Republic of the Philippines. Working alongside physicians and dentists, I was inspired by the amazing skills, knowledge and compassion that physicians could provide to communities in need. From then on, I knew I wanted what those physicians had. We came home and before attending medical school at the University of Washington, I worked for the County Paramedics and attended Boise State University. During that time, my wife and I had three amazing children. We now have added an energetic dog, an extremely lazy cat, three frantic bunnies and four delinquent chickens. After medical school, we chose to live and settle our family in Emmett, Idaho—a rural community about 30 minutes north of Caldwell—and I have committed to practicing there after residency.

We could not be happier! I chose the FMRI for several reasons. The obvious was family ties to the area. Also, as a UW student, I had the pleasure of doing my clerkship with the FMRI. This was pivotal, as I was struggling with the choice between pediatrics or family practice. The FMRI gave me the exact experience I needed. The patients, the residents and all the staff made my decision easy: my people were these people and this is what I want to be when I “grow up”. I also had the pleasure to do a Sub-internship with the rural Caldwell track—one of two amazing rural training tracks of the FMRI—and I found exactly what I was looking for to fit my personal and professional goals. When I am not “doctoring,” I love fly fishing, camping and mountain biking with my family. I am an editor and a writer for a few online magazines. I have a slight addiction to reading and listening to books. I am a board member and health care advocate to the Man Up Crusade (an organization that fights against domestic violence), which is a significant passion of mine. I love what I do, I love what I am learning and I love the people I get to work with and care for at the FMRI. In this life, you really can’t beat that!

Jonathan Muretisch, DO

Caldwell RTT 2020

I was born in Pittsburgh, grew up in the surrounding area, and went to high school in a rural town Southwest PA. I attended a small Bible college in Northeast Georgia called Toccoa Falls College and completed my B.S. in Cross Cultural Studies. After graduation, I spent a few years working in business, administration, and eventually in healthcare where I made the decision to pursue entrance into an Osteopathic medical school. We lived in Twin Falls, ID for a few years during this time (making sure to raft the middle fork of the salmon… twice!) prior to moving back east to attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. We greatly desired to return to Idaho and were overjoyed to have matched with the FMRI Caldwell RTT.

I currently live in Caldwell with my beautiful and incredible wife Telcia (married in Twin Falls in 2009), son Pax born March 2013, son Oak born August 2015, and my sweet daughter Thora born September 2017 (right here in our home in Caldwell!). We love the people here, the open space, and enjoy pretty much anything involving the outdoors. We also make sure to cut out time to hang with our other three kids… our goats Peanut, Olive, and Bok Choy.

 
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Peter Engdall, MD

Caldwell RTT 2021

I grew up in Albany, Oregon, in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Here I developed a love of community and service while being active in many school program, earning my Eagle Scout rank, and even developing a few clubs of my own… all while finding ample time to camp, play sports, and play in the outdoors.

I moved to Eugene, Oregon, when I was 18. While there, I spent many years managing a few local restaurants. Later on I started volunteering for a small rural fire department in Dexter, Oregon. It was this experience that started me on a path to medicine. I started as an EMT, and then went back to school to become a paramedic. I worked as a Paramedic for several years in Multnomah County, which includes the cities of Portland and Gresham.

With the encouragement of my future wife, Corena, I eventually went to Portland Community College, then Portland State University. I earned my degrees in both General Science and Organismal Biology.

I had the good fortune to attend Oregon Health Science University. In medical school I found my true calling in Family Medicine and serving rural communities like the one I grew up in.  I worked hard to promote primary care in rural settings. For my efforts, I was selected to join the Gold Humanism Society. I was further humbled by my class and faculty, when they selected me to be the recipienof both the Swindells Family Scholarship and Leonard Tow Humanism Award.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to train in the legendary Caldwell Rural Training Track for the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho.

With me on this journey are Corena, my wife, and our son Gus, born only a few months before we moved here.

I can’t wait to serve this community while learning the art of medicine, all while watching my son grow and my wife continue her dream of training horses, in this beautiful area.

Travis Griffiths, MD

Caldwell RTT 2021

My wife, Quincey, and I both hail from Salt Lake City, Utah, and are the proud parents of one little girl with hopes for more in the future. I attended college at Utah Valley University and graduated from the Honors Department with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish.

After college, I attended medical school at the University of Utah where my “plans” for residency varied from Pediatrics to Obstetrics to Orthopedics. I knew I wanted to have a broad scope of practice and continuity with patients, but also wanted the fulfillment that came from intervening on acute medical issues. Thus, I dual applied to both full-spectrum Family Medicine as well as rural General Surgery programs.

I was very impressed by FMRI because I felt that I had found a program where I would be surrounded by people who shared my interests, and where I could get the broad training I was looking for. My interests in medicine include rural health, obstetrics, trauma and emergency medicine. Outside of medicine I love to spend time in my garage gym, getting coached on full-depth squats by my 3-year-old. I have been known to geek out when talking about personal finance, and am an outdoor enthusiast who looks forward to hunting season every autumn.

Tyler Starr, MD

Caldwell RTT 2021

Tyler was raised in the Treasure Valley on his family farm in Ontario, Oregon. He attended Treasure Valley Community College and Boise State University for his undergraduate degree. Tyler went to Ross University for medical school. Prior to his medical career, Tyler worked on his family farm, built homes, and did road and bridge construction. He enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the outdoors, and is often busy working on home improvement projects. He is excited to join the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. Tyler is accompanied by his wife Holli, and three sons Ethan, Sam, and Levi.

 
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Ammon Roberts, DO

2022

Ammon was raised in a family of nine kids on a potato and onion farm in Eastern Oregon. Growing up in a large family on a farm instilled in me the importance of hard work and perseverance. I remember working long days in the blistering heat until my muscles ached. At times, I felt I could not continue, but I knew that my family relied on me as a vital member of the team to accomplish our goals. During those especially long days, my father engrained in me a tenacity to accomplish and persist through even the most difficult of circumstances.

My health care experience prior to medical school was primarily in emergency medicine. During my time as an emergency room scribe, I participated in a team that helped people during their critical moments. This gave me an appreciation of the impact a physician has in the lives of our patients, and their families. I also came to realize the importance of teamwork and team inter-reliance, especially during stressful and busy times.

During my time in clerkships, I found that I really enjoyed taking care of people, especially those that had similar backgrounds as myself. My family medicine rotation was in a small rural underserved community, very similar to the one I had grown up in. Many of the patients that I was seeing had little medical knowledge and felt helpless and overwhelmed when dealing with the complexities of health care. They looked to us for help, and I soon found my own niche, as I became an advocate for them by providing skilled and complete health care.

My unique background, education, and life experiences have guided me into a career in family medicine. I feel family medicine would bring out the best parts of myself and help me achieve my future life goals of living and caring for people in a rural community. I look forward to being part of team where I can be a valuable member to help bring quality health care to our community.

As I strive toward becoming a family medicine doctor, I seek a residency program where residents support each other and work in harmony as a team. I look forward to the opportunity of caring for patients in a meaningful way and hope to perform as an emissary for the residency program I join. I am eager to learn the skills necessary to become an exceptional physician in an ever-evolving field, and to gain the knowledge that will aid my future patient care.

 

Ashley Carvalho, MD

2022

 

Ashley was born and raised in Boise, ID, and attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell where she majored in biology and history. She had the opportunity to spend her junior year in Ireland as an exchange student, and after graduation, she returned to Ireland to do a Masters in Public Health at Queen’s University in Belfast. She loved it so much, she decided to stay at Queen’s for medical school. During her training, she had opportunities to complete international rotations and learn about healthcare systems in other parts of the world, including the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Peru. Not only did she gain valuable insights and perspectives on global and international health during these rotations, she also saw many amazing places – all the way from Macchu Picchu to the Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia.

While abroad, she made many wonderful friends who became her family. The welcoming and tightly-knit communities she was a part of in Ireland reminded her of home, and this inspired her to return to Idaho to practice family medicine in the community she loves so much.

Some things Ashley likes to do for fun: explore the outdoors (including the many hiking trails and hotsprings Idaho has to offer), run local races, cook and bake, travel (next on her list: Iceland and Japan), play board games, read anything and everything, go to trivia nights, play piano and ukulele, and play with her black lab, Tuck!

Ashley is thrilled to be back on Idaho soil and is so excited to be joining the FMRI family!

Stephen Richardson, DO

2022

I’m proud to be a native of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I was raised in Camas, WA  near the scenic Columbia Gorge, where I first developed a love for the outdoors. I spent a significant portion of my childhood camping amongst the Douglas Firs, hiking up Cascade peaks, spelunking through volcanic caves, and running through the forest trails behind my house. To this day, whenever I have a free weekend, there’s a good bet I’ll be heading out to the great outdoors.

Having a close brother with epilepsy introduced me into the medical world. Days, sometimes weeks, spent with my brother in the hospital were not unusual. From check-ups to extensive brain surgeries, I have been there with my brother. I saw the impact that physicians can have in the life of a patient. That has been a significant motivator for me on my pathway to where I am now.

After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I attended Brigham Young University where I earned my degree in Neuroscience. Medical school brought me back to the Pacific Northwest, where I attended Western University of Health Sciences COMP-NW. I knew from an early point that family medicine was where I wanted to end up. I value relationships and felt that this is where I could make the most impact, so I volunteered in rural, underserved clinics during medical school. After completing a sub-internship in Caldwell, I was thrilled to match with the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho – Rural Training Track. I look forward to serving the people of Idaho.

Just a little bit more about me – one of my hobbies is collecting more hobbies. I enjoy (in no particular order) running, hiking, weight-lifting, architecture and design, gardening, home construction/renovation, singing, playing the piano, painting, serving in the community, reading, mountain-climbing, traveling, cooking, church activities, humanitarian work, woodworking, whistling and probably a few more.

   

Resident Life

Applicants

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, meet with staff members and examine the facilities and hospitals. Spouse or significant other is welcome to come for the interviews. Arrangements for them to meet the spouses of current residents will be made. A short tour of Boise is scheduled on the drive to each hospital for the hospital tours. Deadline for receiving applications is November 1. After all applicants have been interviewed, the faculty and residents rank applicants in order of preference and submit the list to the National Resident Matching Program

SALARY

R1 | $55,551.00 R2 | $58,402.00 R3 | $61,350.00  
Direct Inquiries
Marilyn Romans
Residency Program Coordinator
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
(208) 302-7123

Clinical Locations

Saint Alphonsus Medical Clinic

315 East Elm Street, Caldwell, ID 83605

The Caldwell RTT site is based at Saint Alphonsus Medical Clinic which is a large group of ten family physicians and five pediatricians. The clinic is located in a 56,000 square foot office building physically attached to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell. This close proximity allows residents to go back and forth between the clinic and the hospital with ease, helping them to be involved with any interesting cases that may be going on in either location.

West Valley Medical Center

1717 Arlington Avenue, Caldwell, ID 83605

Hospital duties during years two and three will be performed at WVMC. West Valley is a 150-bed (ten critical care beds, seven intermediate care beds, eight pediatric beds) community hospital that has been serving the community well for over 50 years. Residents are welcome to gain experience in the entire hospital. They can commonly be seen in the busy ER, the endoscopy suite, the critical care unit, the OR, and even the cardiac catheterization lab. Food is provided for residents in the cafeteria and doctor’s lounge free of charge. The hospital is small enough that one can quickly learn everyone’s name, and large enough to provide a broad experience for trainees.

Idaho Surgery Center

3115 Medical Drive, Caldwell, ID 83605

A number of physicians in our group spend time performing endoscopic procedures at the nearby Caldwell Surgery Center, outpatient surgical facility owned by MVMC. Our local surgeons spend time at the Center as well, and residents receive privileges there, enabling them to participate in procedures when time allows.

Community

Caldwell is the first town and western entrance to the magnificent and picturesque Treasure Valley and is located on the beautiful Boise River. The city is situated in an ideal location between he Owyhee mountain range to the southwest and the Sawtooth range to the East which provides  ample camping, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.  The County Fair and the Caldwell Night Rodeo, Buckaroo Breakfast and Cinco de Mayo, are just a few of the places and events celebrated by the City of Caldwell. Southwest Idaho is also well known for its whitewater rafting, multiple ski resorts, great hiking trails, mountain biking, and awesome camping and fishing locations.  Or try your luck panning for gold in Silver City, one of Idaho’s historic mining towns located just south of Caldwell.  In addition to being so close to the great outdoors, Caldwell is just 30 minutes west of Boise, which is Idaho’s capital and home to cultural events, shopping, entertainment, restaurants, the Boise philharmonic and a yearly Shakespeare Festival.  

Scholarly Activity

As our program grows, we will feature Caldwell specific publications and presentations within this section. You can view our recent publications and presentations organization-wide by clicking HERE.

Highlighted Curricular Strengths

  • Unopposed
  • Flexibility of a Small Program
  • Medical Community is Dedicated to Teaching
  • Broad scope of practice
  • Focus on Procedures and Obstetrics
  • Treated as a Junior Partner
  • Clinic is Connected to the Hospital

Medical Students

For more information on clerkships and sub-internships please contact Marilyn Romans: Marilyn.Romans@saintalphonsus.org