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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, 70% 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 20 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.

Curriculum

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

RotationWeeksLocation
Internal Medicine
Family Medicine
8/8St. 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
Gynecology4Office
Elective8Office
Longitudinal Curriculum16West Valley

Faculty

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.

Jocele Skinner, MD

Associate Program Director - Caldwell RTT

Dr. Skinner was born in Nampa, Idaho and raised on a ranch in Eastern Oregon. Ever since a young age, she always knew she wanted to be a physician. Dr. Skinner ultimately graduated from The College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho, and then attended medical school in St. Louis, MO at Saint Louis University. However, 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. Dr. Skinner recently joined the faculty of FMRI, and is excited to take on a more formal role in teaching residents. She volunteers as the team physician in Homedale, the small farming town where she now resides. Dr. Skinner is married to George, and has 2 children, Catie and Jack. She has never been able to really give up ranch life, and has collected quite the menagerie of farm animals over the years, including chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, alpacas, and cattle. In her personal time, she enjoys knitting, cooking, reading, and gardening.

Katherine Ball, MD

Family Medicine

Dr. Katherine Ball, M.D. has roots in the Northwest, graduating from the College of Idaho before attending Medical School at the University of Washington. 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. Active in schools and the community, Dr. Ball has been a leader in healthy living courses, cardiac screenings for school-aged athletes, and has facilitated care opportunities in rural and underserved communities.

Kim Stutzman, MD

Program Director Nampa / Chief Rural Officer

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 teen aged children.

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

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

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.

Bill Brandenburg, MD

Caldwell RTT 2019

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Medical School: University of Colorado
Likes: skiing, climbing, biking, basketball, building stuff, zoology, mycology
Dislikes: red tape, protocols lacking logic, 3.2 beer
Research/Academic Interests: Wilderness, Emergency, & Rural Medicine
Advice to potential applicants: Go big, and always look good!
Proudest moment: Birth
If not a doctor I would be: Jedi

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Dr. Brandenburg Rock Climbing in Idaho

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!

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.

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.

Megan Sandmann, MD

Caldwell RTT 2019

I grew up in Boise, where I grew up as shy, “indoorsy” kid, more interested in video games and academic decathlon than nature. I graduated from Centennial, and pursued my undergrad at the Boise State University Honors College. There I expanded my boundaries, doing research in the biology and organic chemistry labs. My colleagues and I presented our work to many people in the sciences, and there I found an interest I didn’t anticipate; taking complicated science and finding ways to explain it, and make it accessible to my listener. I entered medical school in Albany, New York, still somewhat expecting to be more of a researcher than a clinician. I found that more and more, I enjoyed discussions with the patients, and enabling them to be active participants in their care. After four years of describing how much better Idaho is than the Northeast, I am excited to return to my home state and rejoin the community I missed.

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Dr. Megan Sandmann Medic-ing for Beet City Rollers

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.

Ben Stockton, MD

Caldwell RTT 2019

I was born in East Tennessee. I spent the first several years of my life in Sewanee Tennessee, a small College town located on top of a mountain. I grew up in the home of a family physician who was well known in the small community and I grew to appreciate the impact that a doctor can have.

I did my undergraduate degree at an art school in Savannah Georgia. There I majored in animation initially before being recruited to a new game design program. I took my new skills with me to Austin Texas where I worked as an environment artist for a game development company, on the incredible hulk video game that was released along with the movie in 2008. While in Austin I also worked on many other titles before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. I moved back to Tennessee and did my pre-medical studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I then went to medical school in Johnson City Tennessee at the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine.

My wife and 11-month-old son James are extremely excited to be living out west for the first time in our lives. Our family loves the outdoors and we are looking forward to exploring Idaho. All at the same time becoming a great family physician who will one day service a small community in a rural part of America.

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.

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.

INTERVIEW DATES

(PM Interviews)
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Monday, November 26, 2018
  • Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018
  • Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Thursday, January 10, 2019
Direct Inquiries

Holly Taniguchi
Residency Program Coordinator
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
(208) 954-8740
holly.taniguchi@fmridaho.org

Clinical Locations

Elm Street Clinic

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.