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The Program is looking for testimonials from former students and anyone who has hired a former student for the continued crafting of the interview process. If you have a testimonial about the Program, please send it to Deb at Thank you!

     The State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is a multi-discipline, state-based loan repayment program for practitioners working full-time in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Loan repayment is provided through a federal grant and every award must be matched $1:$1 with funds provided by the practitioner's employer. Awards range from $10,000-$25,000 per year for two years, depending on discipline and the matching employer contribution.
     The application cycle is now open and will close November 21, 2014. Please see the SLRP Site Application and SLRP Practitioner Application for details. If you have questions, contact the Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care at (208)-334-0669 or visit their website.
     In June of this year the Program sent our first group of students to the Hillside Clinic in the Toledo District of Belize. Audrey Adams, Tanya Bidstrup, David Cain, Kathryn Evans, KC Graham, Bradley Morris, Marc Nagel, and Micah Thayn rotated between seeing patients at the clinic, on home visits, 
and on mobile clinics to approximately fifteen rural and remote villages. During this time they were exposed to multiple cultures including Mopan and Keckhi Mayan, Garifuna, Creole and East Asian Belizeans. 
     Their faculty included Dr. Anstett from the Program, as well as physicians, nurses, a pharmacist, and a physical therapist. They also worked side-by-side with physical therapy, pharmacy, and medical students from other instructions. At times, the patient flow was intense and at other times less so, allowing for group reflection and case discussions. There was an active curriculum based on the principles of global health care delivery and the challenges of practicing in the developing world. While the students saw cases of Leischmaniasis, Dengue, and Amoebiasis, they quickly learned that the challenge of global health care is providing appropriate access so that simple problems don't become major ones.
    At the present time, eight students will be returning to this site next year and are hoping that the rotation continues to be an ongoing opportunity for students of the Program.
     Tanya Bidstrup, a PA Studies 2014 graduate, spoke about the trip to Belize that took place during rotations in June. One of eight students in the pioneering group, she spoke fondly of the trip, saying it had reminded her of what is really important in life.
     “People with very little were truly happy. 
Perhaps one of the most memorable events was when we went on a home visit to a man without a kitchen or a bathroom. When we were done, he offered us bananas. They were extras from a farm that a relative had dropped off for him. He had more than could be eaten by one person before spoiling, so I accepted the gift. He radiated joy as he shared what he had to offer. This may seem trivial, but he did not have any other food that I could see.”
     When asked if there was anything   particularly difficult about working in the country, she replied, “ It was hard when a patient needed help beyond what we were able to provide. There were limited resources available for referrals. Sometimes you knew that they were not going to receive the help that they so desperately needed.
     “This rotation pushed me to become more 
independent than any other rotation has. I grew to love a different culture, and the weekend trips weren’t anything to complain about. I would definitely recommend this rotation to future students,” Bidstrup said.
  • The PA Studies Program opened up a third campus in Caldwell, ID, in a special partnership between ISU and the College of Idaho.
  • The Idaho Press-Tribune produced an article about it,
    which you can read here.
  • ISU also featured the partnership on the ISU Headlines page. The article can be found here.

     Last January, the PA Program sponsored their first mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Last issue reported that eight team members traveled to the country to assist in administering general medical care to the underserved communities. More than 700 people were served in six days. The need is great and the use of medical skill and expertise proves even more rewarding. With every thanks from a patient for care and service, providers feel on top of the world.

     The Program would like to open the trip up to students, friends, and alumni. The ISU PA Program invites you to join the list for the medical mission to the Dominican Republic (DR) in the future. The trip promises to be life-inspiring, and the Program welcomes additional hands.
Where: Santo Domingo, DR + other remote communities
What: Provide general medical care to the impoverished families of the DR
Cost: $2,000 — this includes airfare, transportation, and lodging

Interested? Please contact medical mission coordinator Jared Papa at 208-373-1754 and, or the PA Program director Paula Phelps at, to get on the list for future trips.

     The Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Dick Anstett, who will be the medical director at the Caldwell campus opening to students this fall. He received his MD from the Medical College of Ohio, his PhD in clinical psychology from Ohio State, and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He taught family medicine at the University of Colorado and the University of Wisconsin Schools of Medicine.
     He has lead or participated in over 45 international mission projects with students in Cuba, Haiti, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, India, and Kenya. His most recent trip included mentoring eight ISU PA Studies students in Belize.
     Behavioral medicine, dermatology, and global health care catch his interest the most.
     The Program is ecstatic to be adding his exper

     Kerbie Cameron, an Administrative Assistant 2, 
is taking on the position on the Clinical Year Team specializing in affiliation agreements.
 She will be on the Pocatello campus.
     Kerbie graduated from ISU's College of Technology with a Technical Certificate in Business Administration Office Technology in 2008. She worked as a Financial Assistant to the CFO at Health West, a local community clinic, for five and a half years. She has been a temporary Administrative Assistant for the Program since January, and recently joined the permanent ranks.
    Another new face is Kaitlynn Moessner who comes to fill the administrative position left in the Pocatello campus’s main office.
    A self-styled “global citizen” from a military childhood, she holds a BA in English. An emphasis in writing and anthropology has carried her through careers in both the publishing industry as an editor and submission screener, as well as a human resources consultant.
     Her only sibling, an older sister, works in a hospital complex, and her aunt is a labor-and-delivery nurse.

     Deb Harris will be joining the Program as the Academic Assistant at the College of Idaho Caldwell campus.

     She is a native Idahoan who grew up on a farm in Canyon
 County. Prior to beginning her career in a real” profession, she was a Certified Whitewater River Guide for four years on the mighty Salmon River.
     Deb received her Associate’s Degree as a Paralegal at MTI College of Business in Sacramento, but also studied as Boise State University and the College of Idaho. Deb worked previously for the College of Idaho in the Development Office as a Gift Recorder and Prospect Research Analyst.
     Deb, her husband Tim, and son Jonah live in Meridian. She loves biking, and the family spends as much time as they can at their cabin in Cascade.
     Phil Sievers will be serving as the Video Instruction Manager for the Program at the College of Idaho Caldwell campus.
     For the past five years, he has been working as a technical director and has had the opportunity to work all over the country at various live events including the Sundance Film Festival, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, and the NBA All-Star events.
     The Program is looking forward to bringing in his excitement for broadcasts and new technologies.
     The Program’s new Office Specialist 2, Lacey Nutting, joins the Meridian staff.
     She graduated from Boise State University in 2010 with a B.A. in Spanish Language. She afterwards spent two years living and working in Peru, where she taught English to business executives, and worked as an operations coordinator for a travel agency.
     After returning to the United States, she accepted a position as a clerk with the Ada County Public Defenders office where she worked until the birth of her son in March.
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volume 2 | issue 3 | fall 2014 newsletter

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