Program History

History

The Idaho Advanced Clinician Track forms part of the University of Washington’s WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) Program, whose primary goal is to bring quality care and advanced medical training to largely under-served and rural areas within the region. We aim to develop well-rounded, expert clinicians who are committed to becoming exceptional caregivers and leaders in their communities. Our residents complete their rigorous training in an array of supportive clinical settings. After two years of urban and academic-center training in Seattle in inpatient and emergency psychiatry, residents move to Boise to complete their training in outpatient, clinic-based, community care. In Seattle, residents experience an academic faculty, specialized clinical opportunities, and active research programs. In Boise, they experience integrated training opportunities, polish themselves as consultants, and grow as community leaders. We emphasize the importance of making a difference within and beyond the hospital system.

We also strive for a work-life balance that is conducive to enjoying the perks of living in a fast-growing city and enjoying the vast beauty surrounding it. Our small program size helps our residents foster strong, lasting bonds with their peers and with their faculty. The relaxed attitude of the Pacific Northwest allows us to easily promote wellness alongside personal and professional growth. As Boise continues to boom, so, too, does its need for specialty care and expert psychiatrists.

Our residency track began in 2008 and graduated its first class one year later. Since that time, our residents have completed their first two years of training in Seattle and their final two years in Boise. We have continued to grow and evolve as an institution from the beginning, adapting to changes in healthcare and responding to community needs. We are therefore delighted to announce the next stage in our evolution: as of 2021, we will be launching as a full four-year program! Our residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of our proud affiliation with the University of Washington while being able to complete their entire training here in Boise.

Thank you for your consideration of our program. We are thrilled by your interest to join us during this exciting time!