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Idaho State University


Application forms for the 2019 - 2020 year will be available on February 1, 2019. 

ISU FMR offers sub-internships and clinical electives in family medicine primarily for 4th-year medical students. Rotations last 4 weeks in a combination of 2 weeks inpatient and 2 weeks outpatient experiences. Applicants must have completed their 3rd-year family medicine clerkships prior to beginning their rotations at Idaho State University. Third-year elective rotations are limited to student applicants from the University of Washington only.

Rotation slots are typically reserved for current medical students who are licensable in the State of Idaho, who have a strong interest in family medicine, and who would like to interview for a spot in residency. Students should complete the on-line application to be considered.

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The ISU Family Medicine Residency focus is to graduate physicians who are trained to provide full-spectrum Family Medicine for rural and underserved practice. This rotation will reflect this aim, exposing the medical student to this unique and much needed facet of Family Medicine. Our teachers are experienced in working with medical students and are committed to providing them with an excellent introduction to Family Medicine.

During this rotation the student will see patients in a variety of settings, which may include:

  • Portneuf Medical Center Inpatient Services
  • Portneuf Medical Center Labor & Delivery Services
  • Health West ISU Family Medicine Clinic
  • Juvenile Detention Center
  • Pocatello Free Clinic
  • HIV and / or Hepatitis C Clinics
  • SE Idaho Public Health Department
  • Rural Spanish-Speaking Clinics


In rural medicine Family Medicine Physicians are an integral part of hospital medicine. They often cover the inpatient service, ED, and obstetrics. It is not unheard of for the medical director of some small rural hospitals to be a Family Physician. 

The inpatient subinternship is a 2-week rotation, working as a member of the Family Medicine Hospital Medicine Team. Students should expect a broad experience including rounding and shift transitions, medical / surgical floor care, and ICU exposure, which is consistent with our program's emphasis on preparation for rural practice. While on service, students will function as much as possible as a 1st-year resident, which will include charting, patient presentations, and topic presentations


The 2-week outpatient portion is at the Health West ISU Family Medicine Clinic. This provides a rich Community Health Center experience, which, in addition to excellent clinical care learning, can include obstetrics, nursing home care, sports medicine, infectious disease, off-site rural Spanish-speaking clinics, and other community sites


Our goal is for the student to observe and learn the unique components of the Family Medicine approach to health care during the clerkship.

1. Biopsychosocial Aspects of Care:  Gain insight into psychological, social and cultural factors that affect health through eliciting and understanding the patient’s perspective on their illness. For example, a cancer patient refuses chemotherapy and instead turns to traditional or alternative treatments due to a suspicion of western medicine.

2. Comprehensive care:  Care for all of a patient’s health care needs, including acute care, management of chronic illnesses, and preventive care. We are not limited to a specific disease, setting, or organ system.

3. Continuity of Care:  Provide care over the lifetime of the patient. Care can be augmented by consultants and other healthcare professionals, but the Family Physician takes primary responsibility for the health and well-being of the patient.

4. Context of Care:  Develop treatment plans collaboratively with patients and families that are evidence based, safe, and produce patient-oriented outcomes that improve functional status and quality of life in a culturally responsive manner.

5. Coordination and Integration of Care:  Family Physicians are the managers of the patient’s overall healthcare plan. The Family Physician collaborates with specialists and other healthcare professionals in disease management, health promotion and patient education.


Successful completion of the clerkship requires understanding and meeting three primary objectives:

1. Learn and apply knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of common medical problems and disease prevention within the context of the Family Medicine approach to health care. Learn where to obtain accurate, relevant information at the point of care.

2. Learn and apply effective patient-centered care skills, including effective culturally sensitive communication with patients and written and oral communication with other healthcare providers.  Become comfortable with the use of the EMR in a way that enhances patient care.

3. Behave professionally in the care of patients and in your interactions with patients, their families and with your healthcare team and other professionals. Take the initiative with self-learning and time management, including supplemental reading, conference attendance, and promptly performing assigned duties. Timely communication and completion of paperwork are also considered when assessing professionalism. 


We typically accept 15 students during the fall and winter each year. These rotations are limited to 4th-year students from allopathic or osteopathic schools accredited by the State of Idaho


Pocatello does not have an extensive public transportation system. Therefore, students are responsible for providing their own means of transportation during the rotation. 


  • Housing - we have an apartment reserved for the first 10 accepted students. We can accommodate up to five more students, if they do not need housing.
  • Parking Pass - we provide parking passes
  • Meal Card - we provide a $50 hospital meal card

Interested medical students must have completed their third-year Family Medicine clerkships prior to beginning their rotations at Idaho State University.  

Contact us with further questions.