Family Medicine Coeur d’Alene Residency has a unique group of resident physicians from across the country. Diverse backgrounds and skill sets provide even deeper learning opportunities for residents, adding to the experience. Get to know our newest group of residents through their resident profiles:
“I chose Kootenai because I felt a connection with the faculty, residents, and staff, and because their convictions, passions, and general outlook very much aligned with my own. The faculty is truly passionate about family medicine and about helping their patients to live more active, happier, and healthier lives. The faculty and staff were extremely outgoing, kind, and it was evident that they not only enjoy their careers, but they really support and care about their fellow colleagues.
Additionally, Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding area is not only incredibly beautiful, but supports all of the activities which I enjoy most, such as world class fishing and hiking, kayaking, as well as skiing, and hunting. The program is unopposed, which will allow for less competition and more opportunities to practice hands on medicine over a broad and diverse array of specialties.
The Kootenai program emphasizes rural care, but also provides rotations at larger medical centers in nearby Spokane, which will combine rural, community based medicine with the opportunity to see rarer cases and higher patient numbers than we would see in a smaller community alone. Idaho shares many similarities with its neighbor, and my home state of Wyoming, and I hope to develop invaluable relationships and connections that I will cherish long after my residency training ends. The most important factor, however, is the wonderful people whom I met during my interview day and during pre-interview dinner, and whom I hope to continue to get to know and work with during residency and beyond.”
– Griffen Sharpe, University of Washington-WWAMI Wyoming
“When I met Kootenai for the first time at the 2015 AAFP conference, I immediately fell in love with the energy surrounding the program. Everyone was excited, proud, and there was a palpable comradery between the residents. It was a new program, but that did nothing to diminish the confidence of the residents and faculty. This was a group I wanted to be a part of. When I came to CDA to visit for the interview, I had a really good gut feeling about the program. The residents, staff, faculty and families were a community I could see myself and Mitchell easily and naturally being a part of. When getting to know people, it was spontaneous and easy to make conversation. I found myself wanting to stay and not continue on the interview trail. I felt like Kootenai could become family.
From an academic point of view, I was attracted to the program because it offered balanced education and exposure to pediatrics, OB/GYN, and adult medicine which aligns with my goal to be a semi-rural family medicine physician. I was drawn to the opportunity to serve a Native American community and the program’s focus on treating the whole region including the underserved. I liked the compassionate approach to drug withdrawal/addiction, and the in hospital hospice care wing. The hospital itself felt like it had a healthy community between all team members and levels of specialization.
The natural beauty of the surrounding area and the low cost of living was the icing on the cake.
– Meredith Liebl, University of Texas-Houston
I was struck by how everyone (faculty, staff, and residents) made an effort to get to know us- it’s obvious you all have a very strong sense of community and care for each other. I am also very excited to be part of a newer program and help it grow. Finally, I think the broad spectrum training your program offers is ideal for any career path I may choose.
Emily Cox, University of Washington-WWAMI Alaska: I was looking for a community based program where I would leave well trained for a rural setting without sacrificing solid adult and peds inpatient training. When I arrived for me interview literally every person I met was warm, inviting and genuinely excited to talk about the program. The specialist are happy to have a residency in Coeur d’Alene and excited to teach. Also Coeur d’Alene is gorgeous with fun stuff to do outside.
-Lexi Bellem, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
“After my interview I was very impressed with all the residents and enjoyed my time with faculty and staff. It was so great to meet so many residents and that so many came out for the dinner the night before; clearly they love their program. I thought it was great to have so much interaction with faculty and staff throughout the interview process and never did I feel like “just a resident” but part of the team and it was evident that there was love and support for all members of the team. My wife and I both felt very welcome and we felt like we fit right it with the resident family.
The education and training in Coeur d’Alene is fantastic. I am very excited about the learning environment, clinic, hospital and that residents have valued input in the residency undertakings. I interviewed at other newer programs and they just seemed disorganized and not a great learning environment. I think the newness of the residency is only a strength and a benefit. I am also impressed with the great obstetric training; I nearly chose to apply to OB/GYN residency and I am glad for such a strong obstetrics program.
We loved the city and decided that Coeur d’Alene would be an ideal fit to live and raise our children.”
– Joseph Behunin, University of Utah
“As a native Idahoan from Boise, I’ve always wanted to pursue my medical career in this amazing and beautiful state with its full array of seasons and recreation. I knew on my interview day that this would be an ideal place to train given the enthusiasm and warm welcome I received from every family medicine attending, medical specialist, nurse, and hospital staff member. I feel that I’ve made a great decision to join such a strong, new program that is receptive to our varied goals as family physicians, including my interest in palliative care, and also dedicated to preparing us to be well-suited for the extensive range of family medicine. The community and our program are very supportive of work-life balance also with the beauty of a lakeside resort town and miles of forest surrounding us. I could tell this is a community that would help me stay healthy and encourage patients to do the same. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to train with the cohesive, fun, and energetic personalities among our team and hospital.”
– Devin Laky, MD
“The primary reason why I chose Coeur d’Alene Family Medicine Residency is the instant connection that I felt with the physicians and staff that I interviewed with. The faculty was warm and welcoming and genuinely cared about me as a person. After starting with the residency program, however, I felt this amplified throughout the hospital and community. The faculty, community physicians and nurses are all willing to teach and share their knowledge. Being that this is a newer program, the residents have had ownership in shaping the program. Also, you can’t beat living in Coeur d’Alene! Outdoor activities of all kind are within a short distance, and the downtown area offers art and culture.”
– Julie Sefcik, DO
“When I was looking at residency programs, I was looking for an awesome community based program with an emphasis on producing rural providers – but I also wanted a strong inpatient experience where I could get all the procedural training and teaching from specialty providers that I would need. I was hoping for program where I would join a physician group that was dedicated to medicine, but balanced with community engagement, commitment to a whole-person approach, and social responsibility. Kootenai stood out in these regards. Now that I am here, I’ve also learned that it is an excellent place to live – with a community that works hard to engage one another, frequent festivals, awesome availability of outdoor sports, and a truly excited medical community that is dedicated to resident training. It is a truly great place to be a resident.”
– Doug Borst, MD
“I choose Coeur d’Alene Family Medicine Residency because I could see the genuine compassion, empathy and commitment to patients from everyone involved in the residency program. I knew it would be an excellent place to train and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this amazing opportunity.”
– Hollie Mills, MD
“I really chose this program because of the staff. Their energy and commitment to teaching/training residents blew me away. I felt like this program, more than any other I interviewed at, was entirely resident-centric. Everyone has the focus and commitment to make this program become one of the best, and I wanted to be a part of that.”
– Dan Henbest, MB, BS