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Welcome to the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Nampa Program. This is a new program, starting the first class in July 2019. This program is designed to prepare residents for practice in any setting, but particularly for the full-spectrum care needed in rural and underserved communities. In order to be prepared for this type of work, residents will need broad-scope, procedural training with emphasis on in-patient and emergency care. The Nampa Program is sponsored by the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, an institution with over 40 years of knowledge, expertise, and success in family medicine resident education.

This community based program offers a vibrant learning platform that is both intimate and innovative. Here in Nampa, our faculty are passionate about training excellent Family Medicine physicians by creating a trusting environment for our patients in a well-established teaching health center/FQHC. Residents have the opportunity to become proficient in upper endoscopy, colonoscopies, obstetrics and other procedures. We are an unopposed program supported by St. Luke’s Nampa, a new community hospital where residents will spend most of their in-patient rotations.

Residents are able to customize their education by participating in two away rotations (optional) and 3 rural rotations, providing an opportunity to learn how to meet the needs of their future communities. This flexibility in training is critical in building well-rounded, fulfilled physicians, prepared to practice in any setting they desire. Sub-intern rotations will be offered after July 2019.


We are creating a flexible curriculum that prioritizes broad scope training meant to prepare you for rural and underserved care.  We provide ample training in inpatient medicine, obstetrics and emergency care.  During your first year of residency training, rotations will mostly happen on a four week basis, allowing you time to orient to a new setting. During you second and third year of training, rotations occur on a two week basis in order to give you more frequent experience with different rotations. Four week rotations are available to schedule electives and rural rotations. You will also have longitudinal blocks where you can pursue your interests over many weeks including research, women’s health, endoscopy, etc.  During those blocks you will also work with community specialists to round out your knowledge.  There is time for two away electives, one in your R2 and R3 years if desired. You will have 10 weeks of rural medicine across the state of Idaho.  There are some of these rotations within commuting distance if needed.  We know the opportunity to experience rural places will allow you to refine your skills in preparation for the community you will call home.

Locations Legend: SLN = St. Luke's Nampa | SLRMC = St. Luke's Boise | FMHC-N = Family Medicine Health Center Nampa

PGY-1 Family Medicine Health Center Nampa 1-4 half days per week

Family Medicine8SLN
Internal Medicine8SLN
Pediatrics Inpatient8SLRMC
Health Systems/Behavioral Health4FMHC-N
GYN/Sports Medicine4SLN
Extra (Obstetrics, Internal Medicine, or Family Medicine)2SLN
Night Float2SLN

PGY-2 Nampa Teaching Health Center 2-3 half days per week

Family Medicine8SLN
Internal Medicine8SLN
Behavioral Health2FMHC-N
Elective4Away or SLN
Sports Medicine2SLN
Night Float4SLN

PGY-3 Nampa Teaching Health Center 3-4 half days per week

Family Medicine4SLN
Internal Medicine8SLN
Night Float4SLN
Longitudinal8SLN Ofcs
Sports4SLN Ofcs
Elective10Away or SLN
Behavioral Health2FMHC-N

Highlighted Curricular Strengths

Our goal is to prepare you to meet the needs of rural and underserved communities.  Your training will be grounded in a robust continuity clinic experience in an FQHC/PCMH, Family Medicine Health Center.  The majority of our inpatient rotations are in the St. Luke’s Nampa Hospital – an 87 bed hospital in Canyon County built in 2017 to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population. In the 2nd and 3rd years rotations are 2 weeks long.  This preserves your ability to think across the spectrum of medicine and increases energy and engagement.  Continuity clinic ranges from 2-5 half days a week depending on the rotation.

Inpatient Rotations:

Family Medicine

On a small team of two residents and faculty preceptor you will work throughout the hospital caring for our clinic patients in OB, newborn, adult and pediatric observation.  This is family medicine across the spectrum. Senior residents have a 24 hour weekend shift every 2 weeks and otherwise nights are covered by night float.  8 weeks R1, 4 or 6 weeks R2 and R3

Internal Medicine

We work with internal medicine and family medicine hospitalists to provide inpatient and ICU care.  This is a fast paced service with high quality, evidenced based practices. Call is a 24 hour weekend shift very 2 weeks otherwise covered by night float.  8 weeks in each year

Work with laborists running a busy L+D deck.  As the unopposed family medicine residents on call, you will be managing the service, delivering babies, managing labors, assisting with C-sections, and managing triage and emergencies.  You will have the opportunity to follow your newborns through their stay and into our NICU if needed.  Half of our delivery suites have imbedded NICU suites allowing care of the family unit. Call is 24 hour shifts every 3-4 nights. 8 weeks R1, 4 or 6 weeks R2 and R3


We are fortunate to have a regional children’s hospital close by in Boise.  You will work with the FMRI pediatric team, St. Luke’s hospitalists and residents from Boise, Magic Valley, Caldwell and ISU-Pocatello to learn in-patient pediatric medicine. 8 weeks in R1 year, possibly 4 weeks in R3.  For outpatient peds we will work local, pediatricians and specialists, during longitudinal.

Surgery and Procedural Medicine

Our surgeons are excited to work with you in the OR and in their clinic to learn the basics of assisting and the work up of the surgical patient.  4 weeks R1. Procedures: Thoracentesis, paracentesis, LPs, colonoscopy, EGD, GYN procedures (colposcopy, IUD, endometrial biopsy), laceration repair and skin lesion management will be taught by our faculty, community faculty and by hospital based physicians. Point-of-care-ultrasound is also incorporated into your 2 week procedure rotation. 2 weeks each year and longitudinal

Emergency Medicine

Our hospital has a very busy ED staffed by Emergency physicians that staff many EDs.  They are engaged in teaching and you will spend 4 weeks in R2 and R3 year with them.  We see a high percentage of children in our ED given the average age of our population in Canyon County.  4 weeks R2 and R3

Night Float

Call is managed with a night float 5 days on two day off for two weeks.  2 weeks in R1 and 4 weeks in R2 and R3

Outpatient Rotations:

Art of Family Medicine

This curriculum teaches behavioral health integrated into the clinic and community. You will work with psychologists, psychiatrists and MSWs.  2 weeks each year and longitudinal


Work with our health department, local gynecologists, Planned Parenthood (optional involvement) and a specialty clinic within our practice staffed by a local OB-GYN. 2 weeks in R1 and R2 year and longitudinal

Sports Medicine and Orthopedics

You will see patients in our own specialty clinic with an FM-SM fellowship trained physician as well as working with orthopedic surgeons in their clinic.  We have an active community so the need and opportunity for sport medicine is great. You will attend sporting events and help with community physicals. 2 weeks in each year and longitudinal


You will see geriatric patients longitudinally including multiple settings, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home visits and you will work with geriatricians in our own clinic. 2 weeks in R1, 4 weeks in R2 and R3 years.

Rural Medicine

 It is hard to learn medicine if you do not go out and try on your skill set. Doing a rural rotation allows you to see what rural medicine is like, see some of this beautiful state and experience the breadth of family medicine.  We send you out into the rural communities of Idaho for 2 weeks in R1, 4 weeks in R2 and R3 years.


These allow you to learn sub-specialty medicine, out-patient peds and augment your personal interests in medicine for 4 weeks in R2 and 12 weeks in the R3 year


These allow you to gain more knowledge in ways that help you grow and prepare you for your future practice.  You have 4 weeks in R2 and R3 year that can be spent away from the program, either for international or job preparation rotations. Electives focusing on endoscopy and colonoscopy are available.  6 weeks in R2 and 8 weeks in R3 year

Community Medicine

Longitudinally spread through your three years.  You will be paired with a community organization to develop a health related project based on the needs of the community and the needs of the organization. 1-4 half days a block

Clinical Locations

St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital

At St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Idaho, more than 150 skilled pediatricians and pediatric specialists work with referring physicians from around the region to provide high quality care. They have a staff of over 400 nurses, therapists, and other dedicated pediatric caregivers.

All children should have access to the highest quality health care services available, regardless of their condition or their family’s ability to pay. Like all children’s hospitals, St. Luke’s is committed to high quality, cost-effective clinical care, advocacy for children and families, education, and research.

Location & Contact Info

190 E. Bannock St.
Boise, ID 83712
208-706-KIDS (5437)

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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, Suite #260
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., Suite #329
Nampa, ID 83687

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Kim Stutzman, MD

Program Director Nampa

Dr. Stutzman grew up in Northern Michigan and trained at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. She completed a residency at Family Medicine Spokane. After a year at the University of Washington as a fourth year chief resident she settled in White Salmon, Washington in a small rural practice. After 12 years of wonderful, broad-spectrum, rural, community-based care she moved to Boise in 2007 to pursue teaching at the residency program. She has special interest areas in geriatrics, medical student teaching, and training the next generation of rural family doctors. When not at work she enjoys outdoor activities, camping, hiking, tandem bike riding and indoor activities of reading, sewing and spending time with her husband and two adult children.

Danielle Davies, MD

Associate Program Director of Education

Danielle was born in Neptune, NJ (really) and grew up in Howell, NJ. She denies association with any of the cast members of The Jersey Shore and doesn’t like it when you make Jersey rhyme with Boise. She grew up riding her bike to the beach, creating science experiments usually involving the mud hole in the front yard, and spending all of her vacation time in her family’s 200 year old farm house in Vermont. She attended Villanova University outside of Philadelphia but was sent back to NJ to attend Rutgers RWJ Medical School. While majoring in Biology as an undergraduate she studied abroad in Seville, Spain (but did go on a pinxos tour in the basque country and loved it). While in medical school she travelled to the Himalayas in Northern India as part of a travelling clinic. She loves international travel but has decided to dedicate more time to visiting our National Parks.
Danielle moved cross country after falling in love with Boise and now enjoys exploring “The West” on her days off. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys photography, skiing, and repurposing ugly furniture. Her special interests in medicine include obstetrics, women’s health, and LGBT healthcare.

Robert Crouch, DO

Associate Program Director of Curriculum

Robbie is an Idaho native, born and raised in eastern Idaho near the Tetons. Summers were spent hiking, biking, backpacking, and camping near Driggs, and winters skiing at Grand Targhee. He studied microbiology with a minor in Spanish at Idaho State University in Pocatello. He left Idaho briefly for med school at Des Moines University, then came back for residency with the FMRI Magic Valley rural training track in Twin Falls, ID. He was brought back to Boise for OB fellowship with a goal of staying in Idaho, practicing in a low income clinic or rural area, continuing to practice broad spectrum family medicine.  He and his wife still spend their free time in the outdoors with their 2 dogs, but do appreciate the fun things Boise has to offer.

Kade Klippenstein, MD


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.

Bari Laskow, MD

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Nampa

Bari Laskow grew up in the Northeast, spending her formative years in New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate degree in the humanities at New York University – The Gallatin School, creating her own major exploring the social determinants of health. After spending some time in the NGO world in New York City, Liberia, and Guatemala, she attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. Taking a year off from medical school, she worked in El Salvador completing a research project on cervical cancer screening via self-collection of HPV swabs in the community. She completed residency at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine in Seattle, WA where she had the privilege of matching at Sea Mar Community Health Center, an FQHC focusing on the care of the underserved Latino community. While at Swedish Cherry Hill, she completed an Area of Concentration in Reproductive Health. She is joining the FMRI Nampa faculty after working at Sea Mar as a community preceptor for another year after graduation.

Other professional interests include racial health equity, addiction medicine, comprehensive reproductive healthcare, LGTBQ healthcare, and community engagement. Outside of medicine, Bari spends her free time exploring the great outdoors with her husband, cooking and eating almost anything, and playing board games.

India King, PsyD

Director of Behavioral Sciences - Nampa

India King received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Health Psychology from Pacific University. She completed her doctoral internship at the White River Junction VA in Vermont and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Boise VA, with a focus on integrated primary care. She then joined the Boise VA’s Center of Excellence Primary Care Education, there she worked to develop and evaluate interprofressional educational innovations. Dr. King’s passions include graduate medical and interprofessional education, quality improvement, and primary care psychology. When she is not hard at work serving FMRI patients and the Nampa community or teaching residents, you can find her enjoying the outdoors mountain biking, bikepacking, fly fishing, or exploring Idaho’s many alpine lakes!

Jeffrey Pennings, DO

Family Medicine

Jeff Pennings grew up in Upstate New York and went on to Clemson University for his Bachelor’s degree. He completed his medical education at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina, where he met his wife, Dr. Kelly Pennings. Jeff and Kelly traveled across the country with their two pups during their 4th year of medical school and fell in love with Idaho.

They both completed residency at FMRI Boise and Jeff decided to stay on as faculty at FMRI Nampa. Jeff’s passions in medicine include Obstetrics, Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, everything Inpatient, LGBTQ care, and teaching! Outside of medicine Jeff enjoys walking Fritz and Henley with Kelly, running, being anywhere outdoors, brewing, soccer, Clemson football, and eating good food.

Elynn Smith, MD

picture of resident
Hiking in Idaho

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.

Sarah Waterman, MD

Family Medicine/OB

Sarah Waterman was born in rural Northern California, and grew up in the small town of Chester in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. She graduated with a major in biology from California State University, Monterey Bay, and attended Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska with plans to go into rural family medicine. She trained at FMRI Magic Valley Rural Training Track in Jerome/Twin Falls, ID for residency, then returned to Creighton for OB Fellowship. She plans to continue practicing full spectrum family medicine with obstetrics in rural and underserved areas, and is very excited to be coming back to the FMRI Nampa Residency.

Sarah and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors, and look forward to exploring more of Idaho together. He has also converted her to a BSU fan, and they look forward to attending future football games.  She also loves expanding her culinary skills, and currently enjoys trying to perfect sourdough bread and homemade pastas.

Kelsey Wertzler, MD

Clinic Director - Nampa

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Kelsey grew up in Portland, Oregon. She attended Washington State University where she rowed on the women’s crew team while earning bachelor’s degrees in biotechnology as well genetics & cell biology. She completed a minor degree in Spanish while studying at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain. Seeking more adventure outside of the classroom, she spent the summers guiding whitewater rafting trips out of Riggins, Idaho. Kelsey then continued on to earn a master’s degree in biochemistry, researching DNA repair and cancer, before ultimately realizing that what she truly wanted was to become a doctor to build deeper, more meaningful relationships with the patients she aimed to help. 

At the University of Washington School of Medicine, Kelsey completed certificates of additional training in the areas of rural and underserved medicine, global health, and Hispanic health. Her passion for rural and underserved medicine was stoked while traveling through remote areas of Washington, Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska during her clinical rotations as well as through longitudinal training opportunities in Wasilla, Alaska and Huancayo, Peru.

Kelsey completed her residency training at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise. There, she was immersed in a culture committed to rigorous medical training and a passion to meet the needs of underserved populations. After graduation, she was grateful to continue with the FMRI family as a faculty member and helped to develop and launch another family medicine residency program in nearby Nampa, ID. 

Kelsey now focuses on clinical medicine and serves as the clinic director for the three FMRI clinics in Nampa. She continues to feel that the most rewarding aspect of medicine is the joy of building long lasting relationships with her patients and their families.  When not at work, you will find Kelsey outside with her family, riding one of her bikes, trail running, swimming, back-country skiing or gardening.

Current Residents


Melissa Braid, DO

Nampa Program 2022

Melissa grew up in Spokane, WA where she met and married her high school sweetheart Nathan. She then graduated from Corban University in Salem, Oregon and then completed her post-bach studies at Eastern Washington University before attending medical school at Pacific Northwest University. Melissa and Nathan have four beautiful children together and love to spend family time outside in their garden or road tripping in their 1969 airstream that they recently renovated together. Melissa can’t wait to start building relationships with her patients and the whole Braid family is very excited to start their new adventure in Idaho.


Mark Dahle, MD

Nampa Program 2022

Mark grew up in Fruitland, Idaho and is the oldest of eight children. He attended BYU – Idaho in Rexburg where he earned his BS in Applied Mathematics. He LOVES math, so much so that in college he memorized 500 digits of pi (3.14159…) in three days for a Pi Day competition and to this day still has 50 digits memorized and can rattle them off on command. Mark attended Ross University School of Medicine which took him to the country of Dominica, followed by time in Miami, FL and Bakersfield, CA. He quickly came to love primary care with its varied opportunities, including serving a broad community, preventative medicine, procedures and everything else in between. Prior to medical school, Mark ran a home care business, drove a beet truck, worked at Chobani, and supervised the College of Western Idaho Math Tutoring centers.  He enjoys playing the piano and has composed 14 songs.  Mark also enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball and ultimate frisbee, portrait photography, and whitewater rafting. He is excited to be back home in the Treasure Valley to continue his training while serving a community that he already knows and loves.

Alyssa Griffin, MD

Nampa Program 2022

Alyssa Griffin was born and raised in the hot and marshy suburbs of New Orleans, Louisiana. She spent much of her childhood at the piano and as a violinist in the New Orleans youth symphony but discovered soon after starting high school that she would be the black sheep in her family of musicians and teachers. After spending the majority of her high school years studying the sciences, she graduated from Slidell High School and then traveled a few hours north to Memphis, Tennessee, where she attended Rhodes College. While there, she fell in love with modern languages and pursued fluency in German, studying for seven months at the University of Innsbruck in western Austria. In 2015, she graduated with degrees in neuroscience and German, and headed east to Washington, DC for medical school at the George Washington University, while her parents migrated west to a new home in Fort Collins, Colorado. While in medical school, Alyssa spent her time at the student-run Healing Clinic, where she provided comprehensive primary care and social services to residents of Washington, DC, as well as at the Arlington Free Clinic, where she served a small subset of the 11,000 uninsured individuals in Arlington County, Virginia. Both of those experiences left her with an undeniable conviction to spend her life serving the underserved. After visiting her parents out west and completing an elective at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Caldwell site, she became convinced that rural family medicine would be her true academic home. In 2019, Alyssa obtained her medical degree from the George Washington University with a concentration in community and urban health and discovered she’d been matched with the FMRI Nampa residency program. Alyssa is so happy to be headed westward and is excited to start her practice of family medicine in Nampa, Idaho. She and her sweet husband Phil, who works as a lawyer in the big city of Boise, are so excited to call Idaho home and cannot wait to explore all of its treasures. When not working, Alyssa loves to complete jigsaw puzzles, make macramé tapestries, and hike in the sunshine with Phil.

Cate Heil, MD

Nampa Program 2022

Cate comes to Nampa, Idaho all the way from the Sunflower State! She attended Pittsburg State University, where she majored in Biology and competed on the cross-country and track teams. She then completed medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Kansas City campus. During her time in medical school, Cate was a co-director for a women’s health and prenatal free clinic for urban underserved in Kansas City. She also had service leadership positions in Christian Medical Fellowship and American Medical Women’s Association. She is drawn to the field of Family Medicine because of the ability to provide compassionate comprehensive care for each patient. Cate is especially interested in pediatrics, tribal and rural health, and behavioral health and addiction medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, kayaking, hiking, cooking, knitting, and reading. She is beyond excited to become a family doc!

Derek Kohlhase, MD

Nampa Program 2022

Derek grew up on the Iron Range in Northeast Minnesota. He then went to college at Michigan Technological University where he got a bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering. It was there where he first experienced medicine while volunteering in the dialysis unit at the local hospital. After graduating from MTU, Derek moved back to Minnesota to attend medical school at the University of Minnesota, where he developed a particular interest in primary care, preventative and addiction medicine. Outside of medicine, Derek is an avid outdoorsman and is passionate about wildlife and habitat conservation. He is excited to experience all that the beautiful state of Idaho has to offer.


Sudha Subramanyam, MD

Nampa Program 2022

Sudha grew up in Bangalore, India and somehow managed to dodge the IT wave of the 90’s, to go to Medical School. While her aunt, a doctor, would be immersed in her Anatomy and Clinical Medicine books, Sudha would be fast asleep napping on her aunt’s lap. She attributes her love of medicine and future career as a doctor to those special times shared with her aunt. After completing her Medical School training and earning her MBBS degree, she went on to work at a specialty hospital in India where she was trained in managing cardiac emergencies. Sudha moved to Boise in 2012 after her marriage to her husband, and Idaho resident, Vishwa. Having lived in Boise for 7 years now, Sudha considers herself an Idahoan and cannot think of any other place as her home. While waiting for her residency training dream to materialize, she went on to train and obtain her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies and graduated from Idaho State University in 2019. Sudha grew up in a family of food lovers and her passion only compounded post marriage. In her free time, Sudha loves seeking and trying out traditional recipes from India and derives a lot of joy in cooking from scratch. Sudha believes that eating good food, followed by payback time at the gym brings about a great ‘karmic balance’ to her physical and mental fitness. Sudha is excited to this next chapter of her education and to becoming part of the inaugural class of residents trained in Nampa.



Rory Hawker, MD

Nampa Program 2023

Caribbean Medical University School of Medicine

Rory says he was born in the 80’s and is probably stuck in the 90’s. He grew up locally in Middleton, Idaho, where he married the girl of his dreams, despite the fact that they argued all through high school and never hung out! They both matured over the years and now have four beautiful children that bring them joy and are their main focus. Rory went the round about way to become a doctor and studied in the Caribbean where he earned a Master’s in Child and Adolescent Development, as well. He is extremely excited to be back in the valley to complete his residency with FMRI of Nampa. His time abroad in Chile as a missionary and Curacao as a student, taught him to be fluent in Spanish. His main goal is to become an excellent physician in rural medicine and open up his own clinic close by after residency.

Carolyn Knackstedt, MD

Nampa Program 2023

University of Washington School of Medicine

Carolyn was born and raised in the small fishing town of Kenai, Alaska. She attended college at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. Following graduation, she returned to Kenai to work in a single-doctor family practice office and fell in love with the variety and community-oriented nature of primary care. She then attended medical school at the University of Washington, completing most of her four years in Anchorage and focusing on caring for the underserved. Carolyn is particularly interested in women and children’s health, addiction, and rural medicine. While on a rotation in Idaho, she was attracted to all the recreational and educational opportunities it had to offer and convinced her fiancé Matt to make the trek south. They both look forward to the warmer, sunnier climate and all the wonderful people they will meet in Idaho.

Veronica Lawrence, DO

Nampa Program 2023

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Veronica grew up in Boise, Idaho, and attended Boise High School followed by Boise State University where she met her husband Brady. She majored in Chemistry with a minor in Visual Arts, for which she did a study abroad program in Japan and painted a mural in downtown Boise. She then attended Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest while her husband attended medical school at the University of Washington. Veronica’s special interests include behavioral health, women’s health, and holistic care of patients. Veronica and Brady are happy to be back in their home state of Idaho to continue the remainder of their education and serve the community that means so much to them. They welcomed a new addition to their family and enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, and morel mushroom foraging with their daughter.

Houston Reynolds, MD

Nampa Program 2023

University of Utah School of Medicine

Houston grew up in Provo, Utah, in a football family. His dad played football for Brigham Young University, and after playing in the NFL he returned to coach football there. Houston and his three brothers would eventually follow in his footsteps and would play for BYU. His brothers continued on to play in the NFL and he planned on continuing the tradition; however, he tore his Achilles tendon in his senior year and the dreams of the NFL were replaced with plans to attend medical school. Houston attended the University of Utah School of Medicine and is excited to be a part of the Idaho family.  During his time at BYU, after returning from his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Frankfurt Germany, he met his wife Kimberly. They were married in 2013. In addition to football, Houston also enjoys watersports, power sports, and meat crafts (BBQ, smoking, grilling, curing, and really anything to do with meat).

Ali Sup, DO

Nampa Program 2023

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Ali was born in Boise, Idaho, and spent most of her childhood here. She attended Boise State University where she majored in Health Sciences and minored in Spanish. She was part of the Maneline Dance Team at Boise State, and she is a HUGE college football fan. After her time at Boise State, she moved to Arizona with her husband Jacob, who had been accepted into medical school. A couple of years later, she also matriculated into medical school in Arizona at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine. During school she developed a love for primary care and working in a community health center setting. She has special interests in obstetrics, sports medicine, and wilderness medicine. She has had the opportunity to better her Spanish speaking skills while living in Tucson, and she hopes to continue this into residency in Nampa! She enjoys cooking, baking, and working out with her husband, as well as spending time with her two dogs. Ali and Jacob are ecstatic to be back home in Idaho to fulfill their dreams of working as family medicine physicians!

Tony Thiros, DO

Nampa Program 2023

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Anthony (Tony) Thiros attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, Washington. He is an avid movie watcher, a lover of the outdoors, and a supporter of the Arts. Tony grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho and attended the University of Denver, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He studied abroad for a year in Tuebingen, Germany, where he learned to speak fluent German. He then lived for two years in San Francisco before moving to Yakima, Washington for medical school and then to Boise, where he lives with his fiancé Will, and his hairless sphynx, Kimchi. He is an experienced traveler and has been to eleven countries. He served as the Pre-Op and PACU technician for four consecutive years with Mending Faces, a nonprofit that repairs cleft-palates in the Philippines. He was also an Emergency Department Technician at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Lately, he can be found cooking a new recipe, tending to his vegetable garden, or enjoying the great outdoors at his cabin in Pine. He is very excited to continue his medical career in the Treasure Valley and give back to the beautiful state that raised him.


Sarah Bardwell, MD

Nampa Program 2024

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Sarah was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, as the oldest of three children to an artist and home renovation contractor. She is one in a long line of activists that have struggled for civil and workers’ rights. After high school she traveled around the country learning about grassroots community work in other states and returned to Denver to found a community food redistribution organization and a free community bicycle shop.

At the age of 26 she decided she wanted to improve her capacity to serve the public by going into health care. She received a Bachelors of Science from the University of Colorado Denver and went on to medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. During her second year of medical school she met the love of her life and partner, Sean, and they have been taking every opportunity since then to enjoy national parks and explore the beauty of the Rocky Mountain and southwest regions. After her third year of medical school she took a year to study in Mexico and Peru and improved her Spanish, so that she could offer bilingual services to her patients.

Sarah is passionate about providing excellent patient-centered care and is thrilled to bring her love and dedication to the Treasure Valley. In addition to enjoying the bounty of the outdoors, she enjoys live music, theater and dance, reading young adult novels in Spanish, weightlifting, and good meals with wonderful people.

Ellen Douglass, DO

Nampa Program 2024

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Ellen is originally from a small town in the mountains of San Diego County and went to California State University in Fresno for her undergraduate degree in Biology. She then completed medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. During medical school Ellen spent two years completing clinical rotations in the Western Idaho region. She has rotated in all regions of Western Idaho ranging from Boise to Meridian, Nampa, Kuna, and Caldwell.

Coming from a small rural town herself, Ellen is passionate about increasing healthcare access to rural and underserved communities. What she loves the most about Family Medicine is the continuity of care, diversity of full-scope training and longitudinal care, and meaningful patient connections made. Having done all of her clinical rotations in Western Idaho, Ellen has come to love the Treasure Valley community and the home she and her significant other have made here. In her spare time, Ellen and her significant other find themselves enjoying all the outdoors has to offer with their very active border collie.

Ajay Giri, MD

Nampa Program 2024

University of Utah School of Medicine

Ajay grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and went to college at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. After completing his degree, he returned to Salt Lake, gaining experience in clinical research and working on studies such as the SPRINT trial, which has impacted how we think about blood pressure management in adults. He is passionate about supporting the health of the community and obtained a masters degree in public health from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City.

He then completed medical school at the same institution. During that time he met and married Steph, an endlessly charming woman, and became stepdad to Clara and Marie, two wonderful and very funny girls. He loves to cook, take long wandering walks and laid-back vacations with his wife and will often be found singing and goofing around with his children. He will also occasionally be seen buying useless things for his family’s two cats. He is excited to get to know the vibrant community within the greater Treasure Valley and continue his medical career as a family medicine physician.

Megan Haughton, DO

Nampa Program 2024

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Megan comes to us from Olympia, Washington, where she enjoyed growing up in the rain and living in a capitol city. She studied Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado at Boulder (Go Buffs!) before joining the Peace Corps, where she volunteered as a Maternal and Child Health facilitator for two years in Guatemala. She enjoyed attending medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, Washington, that helped her on her journey to become a broad spectrum family physician!

Outside of medicine, Megan loves to explore the outdoors whether it is skiing, fly fishing, camping, hiking, or just napping by a stream. She loves trying different types of hot sauce. More than anything, Megan is an extrovert at heart who enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her partner, Jeff. She is very excited to continue her training in Nampa and become part of the FMRI family, learning from her patients, peers, and preceptors alike.

Dora Johnson, MD

Nampa Program 2024

Escueda Latinoamericana de Medicina

My life as an explorer began long before the cartoon Dora the Explorer was ever created. My family moved from Ghana, West Africa, to my childhood hometown of Yonkers, New York, when I was 9 months old. I attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania (home of Crayola) and graduated with a major in International Affairs and a minor in Health and Science.

While abroad studying global health systems, I stumbled upon a once in a lifetime opportunity that aligned with my values and passions and led me to embark on a journey where I trained as a physician at the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba. While there, I learned and cultivated the foundational practices needed to provide exceptional and effective healthcare in underserved and under-resourced communities. 

As a physician, I am committed to the following core values: providing healthcare as a human right, encouraging proactive preventive care, living in the community that I serve, and building healthy doctor-patient relationships. I am so excited to serve the Nampa community and look forward to great adventures ahead.

Amnersa Turulja, DO

Nampa Program 2024

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

I was born in Germany, but my family and I moved to the U.S. from Eastern Europe in 2002 via the complex refugee system. I spent the rest of my childhood growing up in Boise, Idaho. I got my bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in Human Biology. After my bachelor’s degree, I was fortunate to get to spend some time traveling prior to going to medical school, while also working on a master’s degree. I went to medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, Washington, where I did my first two years doing classwork in Yakima and got to do my clinical rotations back in Idaho.

I enjoy traveling this beautiful world, being outdoors, hiking, paddle boarding, cooking, and spending time with those I love. I am ecstatic that I get to continue my training in a community that I adore and that was such a large part of my upbringing!

Resident Life

Our residents love working and playing together! Although we spend a lot of time on the wards and in the clinic, we take our time off seriously and often can be found hanging with our kids (13 in total so far between our two classes!), driving into the wilderness for a quick shed hunt (see Derek with some prize antlers on the right), or kicking back with our crochet needles, among many other cherished hobbies.

During the inaugural 2019-2020 year, the first six residents were tasked with deciding what “resident life” would look like for the brand new FMRI Nampa program and creating a culture that emphasizes enjoying our non-doctor lives as much as we do our work. We took this task seriously and  planned many social activities including a Friday night potluck at resident Alyssa’s home, a traditional Indian lunch cooked by resident Sudha and her husband Vishwa, and even a virtual happy hour following our Friday afternoon didactics while socially distancing amidst the pandemic.

The greater FMRI program has shown much support for our pursuit of fun, integrating many fun activities into our curriculum, including an annual afternoon of rafting (see our program director, Kim and residents Mark and Sudha in the raft on the left!) during orientation week, a summertime picnic at a local park, and clinic-wide holiday parties where we get to play “Secret Santa” with our co-workers.

Each year, our residents also pack up for a weekend of exploration, team-building, and lessons in wilderness medicine at the resident retreat. 2020 was spent two hours north of the big city in McCall, Idaho, during their annual Winter Festival. When not participating in the weekend’s scheduled activities (including the simulated wilderness rescue of resident Alyssa seen here), residents could be found flat tire biking, sledding with their kiddos, exploring downtown McCall, and participating in Scrabble championships (see resident Cate’s spouse Jacob and resident Alyssa’s spouse Phil fight for victory). In addition to our annual retreat, residents may also elect to participate in FMRI-wide outings such as the annual migration to Burgdorf for in-depth wilderness training, lots of winter sports, the City of Rocks for a weekend of exploring, and the Annual FMRI-wide raft trip in Cascade, Idaho!






Want a closer look at our resident life?

Take a peek at a few of our residents’ recent Instagram posts to get an even better feel for our collective residency culture:

Our friendly Thor from FMRI Nampa wishes you a very happy New Year! #fmrinampa #happynewyear #positivevibes ...

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Dr Dahle, R3 in a holiday coat and tie to ring in some holiday cheer at the Nampa North clinic. #fmrinampa #happyholidays #merrychristmas #positivevibes ...

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Spotted more twinning at our South clinic today! #fmrinampa #residentlife ...

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Co-residents matching in purple pants. ...

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Nampa strong ...

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Happy rounding. ...

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Happy Halloween to the Newest Nampa babies ...

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Enjoying a Sunday evening stroll at the Nampa Rose Garden! 🌹
#familymedicineresident #fmrinampa #idahome #nampa

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Residents Drs Reynolds and Thiros working on their cardinal movements of labor dance. 😄 #fmrinampa #familymedicineresidents ...

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Nampa has a small-town feel.

Located just west of Boise, Nampa has hidden charm as well as options for BIG city fun.  Residents in the Treasure Valley enjoy the four seasons and quick access to the wilderness.

Whether you hunt, fish, hike, camp, mountain bike, or mountain climb, the Sawtooth mountains to the north and the Owyhee’s to the south give you ample opportunity to play.

When the snow falls, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobile riding and other winter sports abound.  The wineries, river parks, and the shore of Lake Lowell offer beautiful places to picnic. The Civic Center for concerts and the Warhawk museum for education and military history provide fun experiences for the whole family.

There are several colleges in the area for interested family members.  Idaho’s capitol, Boise, is 20 minutes away and offers  excellent entertainment, recreation, and shopping. The regional Airport in Boise makes for efficient travel  if you must leave the area, but we suspect you will want to stay, play, and learn.





Check out some of these great community resources:

Community Partners:




COVID Vaccination Required

At FMRI, we follow CDC guidelines to help keep our patients and staff safe. We enforce masking protocols for everyone over the age of 2, encourage COVID vaccination for all eligible patients, and have protocols in place to keep our patients and staff safe. 

We require COVID vaccination for all staff, faculty, students and residents. 

To keep access to care open for all of our patients and the community, we have enacted the use of virtual appointments and respiratory clinics to ensure all patients can be seen. We follow CDC and NIH guidelines for the treatment of COVID-19. These treatments are always evolving and we stay up to date with all official and evidence-based recommendations as they come, with the support of local infectious disease specialists. At FMRI, we do not offer prescriptions for therapies that are not evidence based nor recommended. 

We are proud of the contribution FMRI faculty and residents have made over the course of the pandemic to help support even our most vulnerable community members. This program has and will continue to advocate for evidence-based medicine, healthcare access for all, and the continuation of preventative health care even in the face of a pandemic.


Application Process:

Applications will be accepted via ERAS beginning in September 2021. The Nampa Residency Program is a separate ERAS application process and match from all other FMRI programs. We are doing all our interviews via a virtual process.  We recognize that this has positives—lower cost and time spent on travel— but also has the negatives of not experiencing the community in which you will live and learn.  We believe an all-virtual process will decrease the potential for bias that may arise from seeing some applicants virtually and others in person. We do know that many of you may want to see our community and we will have a separate team that is not involved in the interview or ranking process that can provide you with a tour if you happen to be in town.  Please reach out to Marsha Wadsworth, program coordinator, who will be the contact of this team to schedule a tour.  After we conclude our ranking process and if the pandemic allows it we will hold two open house/socials in-person in January and February as well as a virtual social and virtual PD Q&A.






R1 | $57,528.00
R2 | $60,690.00
R3 | $63,240.00  

Interview Dates:

(INTERVIEW DAY: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

  • Oct 28, 2021
  • Nov 1, 2021
  • Nov 4, 2021
  • Nov 8, 2021
  • Nov 11, 2021
  • Nov 15, 2021
  • Nov 18, 2021
  • Nov 29, 2021
  • Dec 2, 2021
  • Dec 6, 2021
  • Dec 9, 2021
  • Dec 13, 2021
  • Dec 16, 2021
  • (Dec 20, 2021) – only if needed
  • Jan 3, 2022
  • Jan 6, 2022
  • Jan 10, 2022

Direct Inquiries:










Marsha Wadsworth
Nampa Residency Program Coordinator
P: (208) 954-8685
9850 W St. Luke's Drive, Suite 329
Nampa, ID 83687


Top 10 FMRI Nampa Program Highlights:

     1. Unopposed full-spectrum rural-focused residency training program. Extensive opportunities to work in rural sites across Idaho!

     2. Outstanding hospital support – State-of-the-Art community hospital within St. Luke’s Health System

     3. Teaching Health Center = Residency + Federally Qualified Health Center

    • 25% of Nampa's Hispanic heritage – Opportunity to use/learn Medical Spanish with 18% of Nampa population who are Spanish-speaking
    • Sliding scale for patients in need
    • Access to specialty clinics including OMT, GYN, Sports Medicine, and Psychiatry
    • Team-based care that includes:
      • Clinical Pharmacy
      • Community Health Workers
      • Dietitian
      • Behavioral Health Clinicians

     4. Procedural Training

    • POCUS
    • EGD & Colonoscopies
    • Circumcisions
    • Vasectomies
    • Gyn Procedures including LARCs
    • Skin Procedures
    • Joint Injections
    • OMT
    • Trigger Point injections
    • Facial Distortion Model…and more.

     5. Embedded Longitudinal Behavioral Health with Psychology Faculty. Coming soon: A Nampa Psychiatric Assessment Clinic!

     6. Location – Location – Location – Easy access to outdoor recreation year-round

     7. Program Director with over 25 years medical education experience

     8. Wellness & Community Curriculum embedded throughout training. A Unique opportunity to engage with the community through association with 6 different community partners.

     9. University of Washington School of Medicine Affiliated Residency Program with access to the UW library resources.

     10. Competitive Salary and Benefits Package

    • R1 Salary $56,400
    • CME Time & Money (R1 $1,000; R2 $1,250; R3 $1,500)
    • Meal stipend for all inpatient rotations

Scholarly Activity

All of the four FMRI programs work collaboratively on scholarly activities, a list of recent FMRI-wide scholarly activities is located here. The Nampa Residency is an active member of the ITHS WWAMI Region Practice and Research Network.

Recent Scholarly Activity Highlights from the Nampa Residency Faculty and Residents:

  • Weidner A, McGuire M, Stutzman K, Glass J, Stevens NG. The Interests of Family Medicine Residents in Future Faculty Positions Across the Senior Year. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. January 2021. doi:10.1177/23821205211059667
  • Griesbach S, Theobald M, Kolman K, Stutzman K, et al. Joint Guidelines for Protected Nonclinical Time for Faculty in Family Medicine Residency Programs. Fam Med. 2021;53(6):443-452. https://doi.org/10.22454/FamMed.2021.506206.
  • Rue K, Stutzman K, Chadek M, “The Value of Osteopathic Recognition”, Annals of Family Medicine. January 2021, 19 (1) 86-87; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1370/afm.2663
  • Griffin, A. (April, 2021). Healthcare for the migrant family: Challenges and future directions. Poster presentation at University of Washington Department of Family Medicine Regional Conference.
  • Subramanyam, S. (April, 2021). Establishing a school-based clinic for a rural and underserved population in Idaho. Poster presentation at University of Washington Department of Family Medicine Regional Conference.
  • King I, Christopher A, Hansen A et al. Interprofessional grant writing seminar for early career faculty in a small, isolated teaching center. F1000Research 2020, 9:1208 (https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.26092.1)
  • Subramanyam, S. (October, 2020). COVID-19 and ethnicity in a mixed rural-urban setting in southwest Idaho. Poster presentation at Family Medicine Experience Conference.
  • Longley, E., Angel, J., & Davies, D. (2020). In women with prelabor rupture of membranes at term, is oxytocin more effective than misoprostol in preventing chorioamnionitis? HelpDesk Answers, Evidence-Based Practice.
  • Stutzman, K. & King, I. (May, 2020). Connecting Family Medicine Residents with their Community. Oral presentation at STFM annual conference.
  • Kern, J., Waterman, S., Henderson, J. (March 2020). Does early integration of palliative care services improve outcomes for patients with advanced cancer over usual care? HelpDesk Answers, Evidence-Based Practice
  • Stutzman K, Karpen R, Naidoo P, Toevs SE, Weidner A, Baker E, & Schmitz D. (2020). Support for rural practice: female physicians and the life-career interface. Rural Remote Health, 20(1). doi: 10.22605/RRH5341.
  • Fisher, A., Argyle, A., Keefer, A., King, I., Lowther, D., & Tivis, R. (2019). Veteran and learner outcomes of  interprofessional trainee-led group medical visits. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 18. doi: 10.1016/j.xjep.2019.100292
  • Fisher, A., King , I., Smith, C. (October, 2019). Everyone is a Teacher: Multi-Site Feasibility Study of a Clinic-Based Interprofessional Assessment Tool. Presentation at the Collaborating Across Borders VII Conference. Indianapolis, ID.
  • Stutzman, K. & Schmitz, D. (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Patient- and Community-Centered Care in the Rural Landscape: Is It Great to Be a Small-Town Doc? Presentations at AAFP National Conference for Medical Students and Residents
  • Weppner, W., Tivis, R., Naidoo, S., Inouye, L. Krug, M., & King, I. (May, 2019).  Interprofessional Quality Improvement Projects: Using QI principles to develop a robust QI curriculum.  Poster presentation at the National conference for the Society for General Internal Medicine. Washington D.C.


Medical Students

Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) Nampa Program offers Family Medicine clerkships and sub-internships for medical students. Students interested in Family Medicine clerkships or sub-internships at FMRI Nampa must first meet the criteria below:

Third Year FM Medical Students:

  • FMRI Nampa will accept third year FM 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. We plan to fully implement this by 2021.
  • FMRI Nampa is currently not accepting third year medical students from schools not listed above.

Fourth Year FM Medical Students:

  • FMRI Nampa will accept fourth-year medical students for a combined in-patient and out-patient sub-internship from the University of Washington School of Medicine, University Of Utah School Of Medicine, the Pacific Northwest University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine on a space available basis after items 1-3 below have been received, reviewed and approved. All University of Washington School of medicine students please contact you Clerkship Coordinator to check availability.
  • FMRI Nampa will accept fourth-year FM medical students for a combined in-patient and out-patient sub-internship or out-patient only rotation from any U.S. medical school on a space available basis after items 1-3 below have been received, reviewed and approved.
  • Due to hospital credentialing, sub-internship rotation must first be approved by FMRI Nampa AND THEN apply through the University of Washington Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program (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 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.
    • Medical students applying for an out-patient only rotation will not have to register through the VSLO. Again, these are approved on a case by case basis.

Please complete the following items and return to FMRI Nampa via e-mail to Kelsey Mosqueda: Kelsey.Mosqueda@FMRIdaho.org. If you have questions or need assistance, please call (208) 954-8734.

Please note: Neither a vehicle nor housing are provided. Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the student.

We will work with individual students as needed regarding their rotation.