The community obstetricians are very supportive of our residency and as a result, our obstetrical training is one of our strengths. We are involved with essentially every delivery at Portneuf Medical Center. Most residents will complete 6 Obstetrical rotations during residency and can expect to graduate having delivered 150 infants; and having performed and additional 30 Cesarean sections as the primary surgeon.
In conjunction with Health West, Inc., our program places Spanish-speaking residents in migrant farm worker perinatal outreach clinics in American Falls and Aberdeen.
The ISU FMR has formalized an elective surgical obstetrics track for residents who are going to practice in rural areas which have no obstetrician coverage. This includes a higher volume of cesarean section deliveries with the resident as primary, as well as focused didactics through the R2 and R3 years.
For those residents who do not intend to do obstetrics, the residency has a non-OB track. The additional elective time usually will be used for 1-2 more blocks of internal medicine as well as to pursue other specific interests of the resident.
Our gynecology rotations are coordinated under the direction of Dr. Don Dyer, (OB/GYN faculty). Pocatello Family Medicine provides one half-day of GYN clinic each week where residents are trained in colposcopy, cryotherapy, LEEPs, endometrial biopsies, and IUD/Nexplanon placement and removal. Residents can also pursue infertility training with Dr. Ed DeSano (retired OB/GYN faculty) and Dr. Kelli Christensen (current ISU Family Medicine Faculty). Additionally, we routinely assist the Southeastern District Health Department with STD and Family Planning Clinics and the Pocatello Women's Correctional Facility in providing obstetric and gynecological care and procedures for inmates.