The University of Utah School of Medicine has a contract with the State of Idaho that ensures that 10 Idaho residents are accepted to the School of Medicine each year.
As an Idaho student, there are opportunities and benefits that students can take advantage of throughout their medical school career. Some of these opportunities include rural rotations, student groups, and other learning experience opportunities through the RUUTE Program.
- Idaho Contract information
- Idaho Rural Outreach Program (IROP)
- First-Year Shadowing
- Third-Year Rotations
- Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP)
- Idaho Graduate Medical Education Programs
- Idaho Medical Association Membership
- Leave of Absence Policy
State Certification & Tuition
In order to be considered for one of the 10 designated Idaho seats, certification of Idaho state residency is required. Accepted certified Idaho residents will pay in-state Utah tuition, and the state of Idaho will pay the difference between in-state and out of state tuition for the duration of the student's medical education.
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The Idaho Rural Outreach Program (IROP) is a student-run organization that delivers health science learning experiences to K-12 students around Idaho. This opportunity allows medical students to practice teaching, provide hands-on instruction to students with dissections, and provide insight on the pathway to being in medical school and some of the pros and cons.
- Time commitment: 3-5 days
- Trips occur during winter and spring breaks
UUSOM students from the state of Idaho have the opportunity to return to Idaho to shadow a physician during their first year. With prior approval, students may be reimbursed for travel.For more information, contact:
UUSOM students from the state of Idaho are required to complete their Family Medicine rotation in Idaho.
Idaho Students may be reimbursed for the following expenses:
$125/week for housing, up to $500 total (if needed)
Roundtrip mileage from the UUSOM to the location in Idaho
Roundtrip mileage to student’s clinic from student’s place of lodging (if more than 15 miles one way)
A gift for the preceptor, up to $75
A gift for the host family (if applicable), up to $75
All relevant forms and reciepts must be submitted to UUSOM within one (1) month of completing the rotation.
RPIP provides loan repayment for qualifying physicians in medically underserved areas of Idaho. The program is focused on physicians providing primary care medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Idaho Medical students at the UUSOM pay an annual surcharge into the RPIP fund and are later eligible to be given priority for RPIP awards if they return to practice medicine in a medically underserved community in Idaho.
For more RPIP information, visit the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
After completing medical school, students are required to complete a Graduate Medical Education (GME) training program. GME programs are expanding throughout Idaho, and Idaho students are encouraged to apply to these programs during the match process.
- General Psych Residency (Rural Idaho Track) - UUSOM & ISU
- Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
- Family Medicine Coeur d’Alene Residency - Kootenai Clinic
- Family Medicine Residency - Idaho State University
- Psychiatry Residency Program - University of Washington
The IMA offers members a wide range of benefits and services including (but not limited to) professional involvement, legislative representation, and reimbursement assistance for services rendered.
A medical student representative is selected to represent the UUSOM at IMA board meetings, IMA annual meetings, and is a voting member of the association.
Membership fees are waived for medical students.
The UUSOM contract with the state of Idaho stipulates that leaves of absence are allowed, but can only last up to one year in length.
UUSOM students from the state of Idaho who wish to take a leave of absence must obtain permission from both Associate Dean of Student Affairs and the Office of Idaho Affairs.