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July 2015 —


Kasidy McKay, PharmD

Kasidy McKay, PharmD

Please welcome Kasidy McKay, PharmD to the ISU Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. McKay has assumed the position of Director of the Pharmacotherapy Residency.

Kasidy obtained her undergraduate degree at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and her PharmD from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.



Sharla Clark, DO

Sharla Clark, DO

Please welcome Sharla Clark, DO to the ISU Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Clark is our newest faculty member and her focus will be on Transitions of Care.

Dr. Clark attended Touro University Nevada Medical School and completed her residency at ISU Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition to her faculty duties with the residency, she will begin her private practice in Pocatello, Idaho.



June 2015 —


2015 Graduation

2015 Graduation

June 26, 2015 After three years of hard work, the class of 2015 graduated and each are in the process of moving to their new practice sites. Congratulations to Trevor Wilde, Sarah Tiggelaar, Tyler Mayo, Sharla Clark, Zachary Halversen, Kelly Anderson, and Michael Barker!



Class of 2018

Class of 2018

The class of 2018 was introduced at the ISU FMR graduation ceremony. The ISU FMR enthusiastically welcomes Squire Hepworth, David Kimball, Lance Adams, Jessica Mendez, Andy Thomas, Eric Jensen, and Ashley Curtis.



Dr. John Dickey

Dr. John Dickey Retires

After 18+ years with Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. John Dickey has retired as Humanities Director and is looking forward to a host of new adventures. We send heartfelt warm wishes as he moves on. We also thank him and will miss him!

“I have been privileged to share much of the history of our program, from its earliest days in the tiny basement of the Student Health Center as a 4-4-4 program to its current 7-7-7 configuration in what once seemed like an enormous newly remodeled clinic. I’ve also been privileged to work alongside so many skilled professionals who have served as our core faculty, administrative and support staff. What touches me most deeply, though, is when I walk through the faculty office hallway and see the faces of each member of our graduating classes. I am so pleased to have participated in both the joy and the pain of residency with so many of you and your family members.” John Dickey

May 2015 —


Verena Roberts, PhD

Verena Roberts, PhD

Please welcome Dr. Verena Roberts to the ISU FMR. Upon Dr. John Dickey’s retirement, Dr. Roberts will assume the position of Humanities Director.

Dr. Roberts obtained her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Idaho State University. She is returning Idaho and ISU after spending time in the Denver area.



April 2015 —

NCQA Recognized-Level 3

As of 4/16/2015 our residency clinic, Health West / Pocatello Family Medicine, has received certification as an NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. Achieving Level 3 recognition has been an intense, collaborative effort between Health West and the Department of Family Medicine. We acknowledge the Idaho Medical Home Collaborative and the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions for their support of our efforts.


February 2015 —

Dr. Kelli Christensen

Dr. Kelli Christensen has been at the forefront of ACGME’s new Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program. Working with Portneuf Medical Center and Health West she has created and chaired a CLER Committee. This committee, along with champions in the WWAMI Network, has worked on a CLER “mock” site visit not only to prepare for ACGME’s visit but to engage the sponsoring institutions, residents, and faculty in quality and patient safety initiatives.

Dr. Christensen has presented this work to the other 22 programs in the WWAMI Network by way of a faculty development webinar. She and Dr. Judy Pauwels with the University of Washington were selected to present this work nationally at the annual ACGME conference in San Diego, California last month. Dr. Christensen and others in the WWAMI Network remain dedicated to promoting learning environments with a mission to promote patient safety and quality health care.


Dr. Josie Syverson returns from international rotation

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November 2014 - Dr. Josie Syverson has just returned from an international rotation focused on improving her medical Spanish in addition to volunteer opportunities among a unique indigenous population. Welcome back Dr. Syverson!

"I was looking for an opportunity to improve my Spanish in order to better serve my patients in residency and in the future. I chose a program in central Ecuador that focuses on teaching the language in addition to volunteering time in local clinics or hospitals. Residency is a great opportunity to experience global medicine and I felt very well supported by the faculty and staff from ISU Family Medicine."


Josie Syverson, MD - ISU Family Medicine Resident - Class of 2016

Dr. Sarah Tiggelaar

Dr. Sarah Tiggelaar Selected for Award

June 28, 2014 - Dr. Sarah Tiggelaar has been selected to receive the 2014 AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education supported by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb. Dr. Tiggelaar is one of twelve awardees from across the USA, and she will be honored at the Annual Assembly in Washington, D.C. on October 24, 2014. Congratulations Sarah!


2014 Graduation and 20th Anniversary Celebration

June 28, 2014 - ISU FMR congratulates the class of 2014 - our 20th graduating class. Dr. Mary Placek is our 100th resident to graduate.

2014 Graduation

Dylan Cole, Kolby Johnson, Chad Johnson, Mary Placek, Zachary Warnock, Matt Cook, Bryant Anderson

First Graduation

Dr. Mike Baker, Lillian Maresca, Jerold Weiner attending ISU FMR's first graduation ceremony.


New Residents Joining ISU Family Medicine

June 16, 2014-We offer heartfelt congratulations to the new interns joining us for the 2012-2013 academic year and look forward to sharing a wonderful residency experience with the Class of 2017. Welcome!

Class of 2017


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