Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, in partnership with Idaho State University, plans to expand residency options to answer Idaho's physician shortage. A rural training track is being developed in Rexburg and will move forward in May if accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. If ISU receives accreditation approval, the program will start recruiting students this fall with the hope of starting the rural residency program in Rexburg in fall 2019.
The need for such residency programs is clear, Idaho ranks 49th in the country for physicians per capita, leaving many rural communities without healthcare options. “There is a need for more residency spots in Idaho where residency students can train. Site of residency is the strongest predictor of where someone will practice. With that in mind, we have come up with plans for expansion,” said Dr. Bill Woodhouse, director of external relations for the ISU Family Medicine Residency.
In the last 25 years, since the program’s initial accreditation, the ISU Family Medicine Residency has graduated 123 family medicine physicians, including 61 who now practice in the Gem State. These ISU Family Medicine Residency graduates now provide primary care to an estimated 120,000 Idahoans, addressing a crucial need in the state.