Addiction Medicine

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Full Circle Health is proud to start offering a fellowship in addiction medicine starting in the 2024-2025 academic year. Once accredited, we will enroll one fellow per year who is residency trained in family medicine or internal medicine. We will partner with the Boise VA hospital, who also offers a fellowship. By drawing from the best resources available for the care of patients with substance use disorders in the Boise area and in the state of Idaho.

Please check back for updates on when we will be accepting new applications.


We believe that we have developed a very strong program which will produce highly trained addiction medicine physicians who will have the knowledge and skills to work in a wide variety of settings, including one where they would be providing regional expertise in addiction medicine care while also helping to meet the primary care needs of a community.





If interested please email Dr. Todd Palmer, Program Director ( and/or Holly Taniguchi, the Sponsoring Institution Coordinator ( and we would be happy to answer any questions and provide additional information.

Salary / Benefits

  • Salary: $73,221.00
  • Sixteen (16) days paid vacation per year. (View ACGME Family Leave Policy)
  • Educational allowance not to exceed $5000 for related CME.
    • Required activities:
      • UCLA Board Review Class Idaho Perinatal Project in January
      • Annual American Geriatrics Society Meeting
      • AMDA Conference
  • Health, Dental, vision, Life Insurance options for fellow and immediate family.
  • Disability Insurance for fellow.
  • Malpractice Insurance and Workers' Compensation Insurance.
  • Licenses and dues: Idaho board of medicine, DEA, board of pharmacy, AAFP, AGS membership.


The fellow will have a weekly MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) clinic and a weekly continuity clinic in the area of his/her specialty so that they can maintain their clinical skills acquired during their residency.

There will be a half day a week dedicated to didactics where all topics related to addiction medicine will be covered. We will tap into local, regional and national expertise in the delivery of these.

We look for fellows who enjoy being in an academic environment considering that the fellow will be engaged in teaching residents, medical students, and community attendings through rounds, clinic precepting, and lecturing. Our fellow will also participate as an expert panel member in the University of Idaho’s ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) program which serves the state of Idaho and provides education and mentoring related to substance use disorders and pain management.

The fellow will also be given a month where four days a week will be dedicated to producing a journal article or poster presentation in addiction medicine.

We will be funding and sending our fellow to the American Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Conference and a comprehensive addiction medicine board review class.

Training Facility

The fellowship will consist of a wide range of educationally rich training experiences which will include rotations in:
  • Chemical dependency rehab and detox units, both in an urban and rural setting.
  • Outpatient opioid treatment centers where the fellow will gain expertise in the use of methadone, buprenorphine, and Naltrexone.
  • Outpatient pain clinic Substance use disorder counseling centers.
  • A clinic specializing in substance use in pregnancy.
  • An alcohol detox and rehab center.
  • A pediatric and adolescent psychiatry unit which will include patients with substance abuse.
  • A hospital inpatient chemical dependency consult service.
  • The Idaho State Medicaid Office with their Medical Director learning how policy decisions are made related to controlled substances and substance use disorders


Todd Palmer, MD

Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director

Graduated from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Palmer completed his residency at the Family Practice Residency of Idaho in 1989. He then completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington and has achieved added qualifications in geriatric medicine through the American Board of Family Practice. His special interests are geriatrics, the use of computers and handhelds in clinical medicine and residency training, and substance abuse. Dr. Palmer joined Full Circle Health as family medicine faculty in 1998.