Clinical Rotation - Western Idaho (Boise/Caldwell/Nampa/Ontario)

Clinical Rotation - Western Idaho (Boise/Caldwell/Nampa/Ontario)

Regional Site Staff

Regional Assistant Dean:
Daniel Allen, DO

Regional Site Administrator:
Jennifer Ransley


Demographic Information

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Foothills and greenbelt for hiking, biking trail running.  Skiing not far from us. BSU and several other college sports.

Meridian/Nampa is the most central and most affordable. Rentals can be hard to come by but several new apartments are in the process of being built.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Our first PNWU students rotated in 2012.

Preceptor/Rotation Information

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:

  • Dermatology
  • IM
  • Cardio
  • Asthma and Allergy
  • PM&R
  • Ortho Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • ObGyn/Onc
  • Pain Management

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:
We generally have at least 2 preceptors for each core rotation.

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.): 10

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.): 10

Rotations that provide inpatient experience:

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
At the moment we are able to fulfill all CORE rotations within the region but things can change. We do have a large geographic area that we cover so you will be expected to drive!

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Yes, although we are 3rd priority behind UW and employed NP/PA students at St Luke's. The new DO school, ICOM will be sending students into rotations Fall of 2020.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Yes, students will work with residents during their IM rotation at WVMC as well as a few other FM rotations.

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Yes several of the preceptors are open to this.

Didactics Information

Didactic Information:
Didactics are held on Wednesday afternoons, week 2-5 of 6-week blocks. Didactics are at St. Luke's in Nampa and are generally 2- 3 hours. Case review and student presentations make up the first several months. Guest lectures are scheduled throughout the year.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
None provided

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
Yes. Our region spans from Ontario, Oregon to Mtn. Home and includes Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Star, Nampa, Middleton, and Caldwell.

Additional Information

Region strengths:
Our preceptors care for our students and hold PNWU in high regard. We expect a lot from our students to maintain this reputation and relationships.

Why might a student choose this region over another?
If you have some ties to the area it is a bonus for rotations.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   10
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   10
Alumni in Residency Programs (Idaho totals):   9
Alumni practicing in the regions (Idaho totals):   11
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Idaho totals):   8.0%

Additional information:
Previously split into 2 sites, Boise and Caldwell, now we are one site taking 10 students.

This is a large region so expect to drive. Living somewhere in Nampa close to the freeway will put you in the center of the region.

There is a new medical school that will be putting students into rotations starting in the fall of 2020.  We are not sure how this will effect rotation availability.

Bingham Memorial

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

St. Luke's Nampa Medical Center