Resident Rural Rotations

Has your clinic or hospital considered hosting a FMRI resident for a rural rotation? First-year residents spend two weeks training in a rural Idaho community. Second and third year residents rotate for four weeks each in rural Idaho. This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to experience first-hand the types of practice they can expect upon graduation and can be a useful recruitment opportunity as well.

28 Training Sites

FMRI prepares broadly trained family physicians to practice in rural Idaho. This relationship with our rural Idaho communities and physicians is synergistic and reflected by our outreach programs. The five pillars of our outreach are to provide education to students, residents and rural providers, service and advocacy for rural communities and foster relationships that will help create and maintain the workforce for rural Idaho.

FMRI Training Sites 2018

Training sites 2018

Precepting Opportunities

Have you considered spending time precepting residents? Whether as a preceptor during a rural rotation or by visiting as a preceptor of our clinic in Boise, we very much appreciate the value of our community precepting physicians.


Offered annually, Advanced Life Support Obstetrics (ALSO) is taught by FMRI faculty in Boise and is a popular way to interact with our rural Family Physicians from around the state.

Annual Rural Conference

This educational conference is offered annually as a service to Idaho Family Physicians at no charge. While the specific topics vary, the emphasis is always topics most helpful in rural practice. Also offered is the STABLE course is the follow-up course to NRP but can be taken even if you have not completed NRP. “S.T.A.B.L.E.” stands for the six assessment parameters covered in the program: Sugar, Temperature, Airway, Blood pressure, Lab Work, and Emotional support for the family. S.T.A.B.L.E. is considered by neonatal educators to be the follow-up, complementary program to the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.

Last year’s conference included Dr. Jim Irwin who joined us from Jerome to speak about crisis and routine management of mental health in a rural setting, highlighting management in the face of few external resources.

The previous year’s topics included procedures such as interosseous line insertion, suturing, ring and fishhook removal in addition to our speaker, Dr. Roger MacDonald, a rural physician and nationally known author.

UW Healthlinks Education

Evidence Based Medicine

If you teach residents and/or medical students for more than 50 hours per year you may qualify for use of the UW Healthlinks online library. This resource is valued at more than $3500 annually and is used by the residents who would be happy to give you the tour of the online textbooks and Evidence Based Medicine resources available with this free faculty benefit. Dr. Schmitz has also provided individual teaching to our rural preceptors during site visits, so please do not hesitate to ask about this great resource.