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Pediatrics Residency of Idaho (PRI) will offer excellent clinical training with high patient volumes in all clinical areas.  The first class of residents will start in July 2023.  The vision of our program is to produce outstanding pediatrician leaders for their communities. The mission of our program is to train outstanding broad spectrum pediatrics physicians to work in any setting—especially under-served and rural areas – and to serve the vulnerable populations of Idaho with high quality, affordable care provided in a collaborative work environment.  We are the first pediatrics residency to be based out of a Federally Qualified Health Center, rather than a medical school, university, or hospital. This difference allows us to more completely focus residency training on community-based care of children, and on developing leadership and advocacy skills to use in your future community in which you will practice.

Dr. Perry Brown, Pediatrician, teaching a resident during their clinical rotations on care for an infant at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise, ID.
Photo by St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, ID

We believe the heart of healthcare education is service to others. PRI has an extremely talented faculty that consists of Pediatricians, Pediatric Hospitalists, Neonatologists, Pediatric Intensivists, Pediatric Emergency Physicians, Pediatric Subspecialists in virtually every specialty, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Pharmacists to create the team environment needed to train a full scope pediatrician. We are also partnered with St Luke’s Children’s Hospital, a committed state legislature, and the backing of the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Idaho Hospital Association, and the Ada County Medical Society to ensure superb pediatrics 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 the excellence of PRI. With in-depth pediatric focused training, we are confident that you will have an incredible experience with us!

Read our Press Release about the new Pediatrics Residency HERE.

Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to broadly prepare the physician for Pediatrics in a rural or underserved setting. Therefore, it includes a strong emphasis in both outpatient general pediatrics and inpatient hospitalist pediatrics, along with NICU, PICU, pediatric emergency medicine, behavioral and developmental pediatrics, and elective choices from a full complement of pediatric subspecialties. There are also dedicated blocks to rural pediatrics and to community medicine and advocacy.  During their three years, residents have increasing responsibilities in patient care, management of their own continuing education, and participation in the management of the Pediatric Residency of Idaho clinic and organization. They also have opportunities to participate in various committee and organizational functions within the hospital, the communities, the state, and the nation. The residency strives to help our physicians develop a sustainable lifestyle and work / life balance that will provide them with long term satisfaction and deep meaning and inspiration in the practice of Pediatrics.

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

RotationWeeksLocation
General Pediatrics6Office
Rural Pediatrics2Away
Term Newborn Nursery4St. Luke's Children's Hospital
Inpatient Pediatrics 12St. Luke's Children's Hospital
NICU4St. Luke's Children's Hospital
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
4St. Luke's Children's Hospital
Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy4Office
Behavioral / Developmental Pediatrics4St. Luke's Clinics
Pediatric GI4St. Luke's Clinics
Pediatric Subspecialty Selective4St. Luke's Clinics / Office
Elective4Variable

PGY-2 Pediatrics Clinic 1-3 half days per week, 7-9 patients per half day

RotationWeeksLocation
General Pediatrics8Office
Rural Pediatrics4Away
Inpatient Pediatrics8St. Luke's Children's Hospital
PICU4St. Luke's Children's Hospital
Pediatric Emergency Medicine4TBD
Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy4Office
Adolescent Medicine4St. Luke's Clinics
Pediatric Infectious Diseases4St. Luke's Clinics
Pediatric Nephrology4St. Luke's Clinics
Elective8Variable

PGY-3 Pediatrics Clinic 1-3 half days per week, 8-10 patients per half day

RotationWeeksLocation
General Pediatrics8Office
Rural Pediatrics4Away
Inpatient Pediatrics4St. Luke's Children's Hospital
NICU4St. Luke's Children's Hospital
PICU4St. Luke's Children's Hospital
Pediatric Emergency Medicine4St. Luke's Children's Hospital
Pediatric Hematology / Oncology4St. Luke's Children's Hospital and Clinics
Pediatric Subspecialty Selective8St Luke's Clinics / Office
Elective12Variable
 

 

Faculty

Perry Brown, MD

Pediatrics Residency Program Director

Dr. Brown 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 six years at the Saltzer Medical Group in Nampa and Meridian, ID. Additionally, he has served as Co-Director of the St Luke’s Cystic Fibrosis Center of Idaho since January, 2001. He has served as the Medical Director for Children’s Specialty Research for St Luke’s Health System since 2014. 

Dr. Brown joined the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in May of 2004. During his time on this faculty, he made continuous improvement of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho’s Pediatric curriculum his highest professional goal.  In 2021, he transitioned his role to become the founding Program Director of the Pediatrics Residency of Idaho, developing and coordinating Idaho’s first pediatrics residency.  He is very excited to welcome Idaho’s first pediatric residency class in the near future.  He is active in public advocacy for children’s health and serves on several Idaho Medicaid committees and state commissions.  In his free time, he loves to be in the outdoors fly fishing, hiking, and skiing, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Susan Bradford, MD

Pediatrics Faculty

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 Idaho 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.

Asma Butt, MD

Pediatrics Faculty

Dr. Butt was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and earned an Honors BSc. degree in Psychology and Human Biology from the University of Toronto. In 2012, she graduated from St. George’s University in Grenada. Prior to beginning her residency training, she returned to Grenada as a Research Fellow in the Department of Anatomical Sciences. As a fellow, Dr. Butt held a faculty position facilitating small group sessions and orienting students to ultrasound techniques. She was also able to publish her work in various medical journals.

Dr. Butt completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center/Childrens’ of Mississippi in 2016. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Following residency, Dr. Butt joined a Federally Qualified Health Center in Jackson, MS, where she worked for 2 years while her husband completed his PhD in Cancer Biology. In 2018, they relocated to Dallas, where she worked as a private practice Pediatrician. She moved to Idaho with her husband and 4 children in the summer of 2021 and is excited to begin her faculty role at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and the upcoming Pediatrics Residency of Idaho.  In her free time, Dr. Butt enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She also has a passion for cooking and quilting/crafting.

Jessie Duvall, MD

Pediatrics Faculty

Dr. Duvall (she/her/hers) was raised in Idaho and California. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2011, during which time she took a year to work with Physicians for Social Responsibility. She completed residency at the University of California San Francisco Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity (PLUS) Program, where she was trained to recognize and address structural causes of health inequity. Dr. Duvall returned home to Idaho a few years ago and is thrilled to be joining the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and the upcoming Pediatric Residency of Idaho.

Dr. Duvall enjoys caring for young people of all ages and her specific areas of clinical interest include adolescent health, mind body medicine (MBM), and palliative care. She volunteers as the medical director for multiple programs focused on getting youth outside and has helped run MBM retreats for kids with chronic illness. Her past clinical experiences include faculty in the UCSF Transitional Care unit, outpatient pediatrics at an FQHC with a focus on ACEs, pediatric hospital medicine, and pediatric palliative care.

Dr. Duvall is most passionate about social justice and health equity and sees advocacy as integral to her clinical practice. She co-directs the Advocacy 101 Course for physician trainees in Idaho, is a founding member of the Idaho Health Equity Collective, and is very involved in a variety of public advocacy activities.

Dr. Duvall relishes spending long days with her community, making a mess in the kitchen, walking her dog, and playing board games with her partner. She loves being outside in any way possible – especially backpacking, backcountry skiing, and exploring the rivers.   

Julie Kikuchi, MD

Pediatrics Faculty

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 faculty in October 2005 as a part-time Pediatric clinic attending.

Tom Patterson, MD

Pediatrics Faculty

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. 

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 the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho faculty allowed 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 have provided tremendous benefits to many Idahoans. Dr. Patterson was previously the Medical Director of the St Luke’s Children’s Performance Improvement Workgroup and has served on the Idaho Immunization Coalition (which he co-founded in 2009). He is now currently involved with work surrounding Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience as well as 2CKidsSucceed, the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund, and the Idaho Resilience Project. 

He enjoys weight training/fitness, hiking, swimming and the outdoors and is happiest when he is spending time with his wife and three boys

Kelly Showalter, MD

Pediatrics Faculty

Dr. Showalter completed her medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, TX,  in 1988.   She then completed a pediatric residency at Primary Children’s Hospital/University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, in June 1991.   After completing residency, she worked at West Valley Pediatrics in Salt Lake City for 2 years.  She then moved to Atlanta, GA for one year and worked in the pediatric emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital. 

Dr. Showalter later moved to Boise, ID, and worked for Pediatric Associates in general pediatrics for 3 years.  She then joined the pediatric staff of Family Practice Residency of Idaho in 1998. She has worked in this teaching position for 23 years and has been honored to participate in teaching new residents.  Dr. Showalter loves spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoor experiences of Idaho.

Current Residents

Coming Soon...

Resident Life

An apple a day does not keep the doctor away for R3/Chief Tori Kent and R3 Joe Pendleton, but a sunny day picking apples in Idaho does chase the COVID scaries away!

Idaho is full of many wonderful outdoor activities every season of the year! Stay tuned for more posts with our residents doing fun outdoor activities in their free time!
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🎉Happy graduation to our amazing R3s! We are so proud of this group of brilliant, thoughtful, passionate docs. FMRI won’t quite be the same without them, but we are excited for their upcoming adventures.

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Celebrating Dr. Klippenstein with his own bobblehead for graduation! 🎉

A HUGE THANKS to his nurse Sulamita in Meridian for this wonderful gift!!
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A great night with Emerald clinic celebrating our graduating R3s, Julie and Matt! So excited to see the beautiful lives and careers they go on to.

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**Please note that this Instagram account is from the Boise Family Medicine Residency Program - We look forward to starting our own once the Pediatrics Residency Program begins**

"The mission of the Wellness program is to support and promote the physical, psychological, social, and professional well-being of Pediatrics 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 will be run by residents under the guidance and support of faculty. A committee will be 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.

PSYCHOLOGICAL

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • ACMS Programs: Physician Vitality Program, free confidential counseling services, several free hosted events throughout the year
  • Free wellness and career coaching with Dr. Schneider leader of St. Luke's Physician Wellness Program
  • 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

SOCIAL

  • Mentoring: all residents will be paired with a faculty member throughout residency for professional guidance. Upon full enrollment of the Pediatric Residency program, interns will be paired with senior residents during their first year to help with the transition into residency and a new city.
  • Retreats: There will be an annual out of town retreat to the mountains in late summer / early fall 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). Many of these events will allow Pediatric Residents to meet and spend time with Family Medicine Residents
  • 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.

PHYSICAL

  • Funding for $75.00 per resident, per year, for purchase of wellness equipment (skis, shoes, dinner, childcare, etc.)
  • An ever-expanding collection of rentable gear that the Pediatric and Family Medicine Residencies own that is free to all residents (snowshoes, paddleboards, tubes, yard games, coolers, etc.).
  • 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.

Applicants

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

The application process allows the faculty and residents of the Pediatric 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 and we follow the guidelines of the National Resident Matching Program. The deadline for receiving applications is October 19, 2022. Interviews will be scheduled during the fall/winter. The interview allows the applicant an opportunity to discuss the program with the faculty.

 

Criteria

  • Only ERAS applications are accepted.
  • Our deadline is October 19 but we highly encourage you to apply as close to September 29 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 Pediatrician 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 | $57,528.00
R2 | $60,690.00
R3 | $63,240.00

 

 

 

Direct Inquiries:
Rhonda Prudhomme
Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator
P: (208) 514-2500 x1848
RhondaPrudhomme@FMRIdaho.org
777 N Raymond Street Boise, ID 83704

Clinical Locations

St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital

St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise is also certified as a level II pediatric trauma center.  In addition to 3 months community EM at St. Luke’s, this will also be the site of pediatric specific EM training.

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)
Directions/Map
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St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC)

St. Luke’s in Boise and Meridian are STEMI Level I centers, and Meridian has recently been designated a level IV trauma center. 

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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Community

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.