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:
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
“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
I am from rural Idaho and it has been my goal to become a full-spectrum family medicine doctor and return to Idaho to work in a rural and underserved area. I choose Kootenai because of the quality of the program, the focus on preparing “rural-ready” physicians, and because Coeur d’Alene is a beautiful place to live!
– Paula Calza
After rotating with Kootenai Family Medicine Residency in August as a medical student, I knew that I wanted to be a part of such an amazing residency program. The depth of training the residents receive and the outstanding support of the faculty make Kootenai hard to beat. Coupling that with the beautiful setting of Lake Coeur d’Alene and Northern Idaho made my decision incredibly easy!
– Mitchell Elting
I have always loved visiting Coeur d’Alene, and when I went to the AAFP National Conference in Kansas city and met everyone at the Kootenai booth, I was impressed with the character and quality of the people and the program. On my interview, I was drawn to the sense of community and culture of the program; I was charmed by everything it has to offer. I’m a Southern girl, born and raised, and the friendliness and hospitality of the people in conjunction with the culture of family medicine of the Pacific Northwest attracted me. I am so thankful for the opportunity to train in a supportive and intentional program with vibrant people in one of the most people places I have ever been.
– Leah Weatherly
I choose KCFMR because I liked the culture of residents and faculty; such friendly, nurturing, and welcoming people. I want to train around people that I can relate to and I found many of those people in Coeur d’Alene. I want to train in a smaller community because a smaller community is where I dream to practice. Furthermore, I chose KCFMR because of the environment; the opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the Northern Idaho’s outdoors.
– Thomas Clagett
I chose Kootenai Family Medicine for my residency training because it was obvious, from faculty to administration to residents to nursing staff, that it valued community, people, and humanism as much as providing excellent medical care. I was confident that Kootenai offered the perfect intersection of robust medical education and down-to-earth people, which is exactly what I had hoped to find, as a resident and as a patient.
– Nicole Castagno
The Kootenai program had a special feel right from the jump during my interview. The people were extremely friendly, the program is un-opposed making it easy to get broad spectrum training, there is a large population of attending physicians in the community to provide education, and the facilities are top quality. Everyone affiliated with the program was palpably excited about Kootenai and this was a different experience than I had at other interviews. The more I learned about Kootenai and Coeur d’Alene, the more appealing it became. Finally, the community itself is pristine with countless options for outdoor recreation, but yet there is affordable housing.
– Michael Fields
I really connected with the folks I met at the AAFP conference in Kansas City, but did not know much about Coeur d’Alene. Once I realized how incredible the Idaho panhandle was, I could not wait to get out to CDA and learn more about the residency and the setting. Everyone I met during my interview time at Kootenai was warm and interesting and passionate about training and being full spectrum family doctors. The atmosphere of the residency and community and the training opportunities at Kootenai hooked me. I was looking for an unopposed, community program, and Kootenai stood out as the best there was.
– Patrick Marvil
I wanted an unopposed, rigorous, university affiliated, community-based program that would give me experience to treat and feel comfortable managing whatever diagnosis walked through my door. There are no residents in any specialty other than family medicine during each rotation and they allow residents to tailor curriculum to meet individual needs. They have a University of Washington affiliation which allows access to resources from the top rated primary care university in the nation. They have wonderful faculty whom I could easily identify as being future mentors through my training. The location is wonderful for a young family which honestly is my first priority. I wanted a safe community where my wife and kids could establish roots and have good schools with caring teachers.
– Pete Sundwall