Family Medicine Clinic
Full-spectrum family medicine is taught throughout the three-year program. The depth and breadth of the outpatient and inpatient family medicine learning experience has been enriched by the residency's merger with Health West, Inc., a Federally Qualified Community Health Center, whose mission is "healthcare for everyone." The residency clinic is proud of achieving Patient Centered Medical Home recognition through the NCQA in early 2015.
While the residency's mission is to educate outstanding family physicians for rural Idaho, our staff physicians, mid-level providers, pharmacists, psychologists, nurses, and administrative personnel are committed to preparing our residents for medical practice in any environment, from solo rural to urban multispecialty group. Members of the LGBT community appreciate our clinic competence and cultural sensitivity in addressing their healthcare needs. Our clinic also provides primary and specialized medical care to a sizeable number of HIV and chronic hepatitis C patients from all over southeast Idaho. We are in the early stages of full behavioral health integration in the primary care setting.
We maintain an excellent relationship with Portneuf Medical Center, the local 187-bed hospital which serves as the base for most of our medical and surgical in-patient, obstetrical, and emergency department rotations. Specialty physicians at the hospital support the residency program and are intimately involved in training. Because we are the only medical residency in Pocatello, our residents do not have to compete for teaching or procedures.
First-year residents spend 1-2 half-days per week in clinic, second-year residents 2-3 half-days, and third-year residents 3-4 half-days. Residents gradually increase their clinic volume from 4 to 8-10 patients per half-day, gradually building a practice by caring for individuals and families and following them through hospitalizations, surgeries, obstetrical deliveries, and nursing home admissions.
Residents learn to perform numerous procedures, depending on personal interest: colposcopy, circumcision, vasectomy, an array of dermatologic procedures, joint aspiration and injection, and osteopathic manipulation among others. Residents participate in ACLS, ATLS, PALS, ALSO, and Neonatal Resuscitation courses. In the hospital and specialty clinics residents may learn endotracheal intubation, arterial and central line placement, thoracentesis, paracentesis, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy.
Didactic lectures are held during the lunch period each week-day and every Thursday afternoon. Topics cover the full spectrum of family medicine, including quality improvement, billing and coding, and practice management.