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The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho – Boise Program through Full Circle Health has created a 12-month ACGME accredited geriatric fellowship for physicians who have completed their three years of family medicine or internal medicine residency training. Fellows will be selected through a competitive application and interview process and must be board certified or eligible for board certification in family medicine. Fellows will be offered the opportunity to work with geriatric experts for one year focusing on the clinical care of older adults.

As a community health center, Full Circle Health provides geriatric care to a broad spectrum of patients: from the fit to the frail, from the independent to the dependent, and to persons from varied social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Training during the fellowship will emphasize comprehensive longitudinal care in patient center medical home model. Training settings include acute care and ambulatory sites, nursing homes and hospice settings. The geriatric fellow will work as part of an interdisciplinary team which includes physician assistants, nurse practitioners, social workers, clinical psychologist, psychiatric residents, and a dietician as well as other family medicine physicians and family medicine geriatricians.


Applicants must have graduated, or be on track to graduate this year, from a Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Residency Program; and will be expected to obtain an unrestricted Idaho State Medical License and DEA by the beginning of the fellowship. Applications will only be accepted through the ERAS system.



Interviews will be scheduled during the fall/winter. Deadline for receiving applications is October 1. After all applicants have been interviewed, the faculty rank applicants in order of preference and submit the list of names to the National Resident Matching Program.


Longitudinal Experiences

  • Full scope family medicine continuity clinic (1 time/week).
  • Focused geriatric continuity clinic (1 time/week).
  • Geriatric assessment and memory cognition clinic (1 time/week occurring at Full Circle Health and the VA).
  • Nursing home rounds (1 time/week).
  • Inpatient Geriatric Consult Service (2-3 times/week).
  • Home visits (approximately 6 times/year).

Block Schedule

  • Rehab (one month).
  • Palliative Care ( 2 one month rotations).
  • Nursing Home Call (1 week per block)
  • Nephrology (2 weeks).
  • Podiatry ( 2 weeks).
  • Geropsychiatry (2 weeks).
  • Long Term Acute Care (2 weeks).
  • Neurology movement disorders clinic (2 weeks).
  • Wound care clinic (2 weeks).
  • Hospice and home care (2 weeks).
  • Geriatrics infectious disease (2 weeks).
  • Urology (2 weeks).
  • Acute Inpatient Care of the elderly (3 one week blocks/year).
  • VA geriatrics (one month).
  • Three - one month electives which may be done away from Full Circle Health.
  • One month for academic project.


  • American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting.
  • UCLA Comprehensive Board Review Class in Geriatrics.
  • National Medical Directors (Nursing Home) Association meeting.

Training Facility

Coming Soon


Barry Cusack, MD


Dr. Cusack graduated from the National University of Ireland in 1980 and completed his internship and training posts in pediatrics and internal medicine in teaching hospitals in Dublin, Ireland. He completed a research fellowship in 1979, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin. In 1982, Chief, Geriatrics Section, Medical Service, and in 1986-95 he was the Co-Director for the VA Fellowship Program in Geriatrics/Gerontology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Boise, Idaho. Professor for the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington since 2007.

Adam Kipp, MD

Family Medicine & Geriatrics

Dr. Adam Kipp was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. After stints in New Hampshire, the Dominican Republic, and Georgia for work and school, he returned to Portland for medical school at Oregon Health and Science University. He chose to go into family medicine because of the holistic approach to care that it values. Dr. Kipp came to Full Circle Health to explore the possibility of a career in full spectrum family medicine. Recognizing that this path did not align with his interests and goals, he returned to Full Circle Health after two years at the VA and completed the fellowship in geriatrics in 2018.

Currently Dr. Kipp practices and teaches outpatient family medicine at Full Circle Health with an emphasis on geriatrics. His passions include his family (Kimi and Xavier), skiing, hiking and Buddhist meditation and mindfulness.

Todd Palmer, MD

Geriatric 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.

Current and Past Fellows

Tracy Adams, DO


Caroline Schoo, MD


Coming Soon…

Daniel Mueller, MD


Coming Soon…

Zach Weiss, MD


Scott Christensen, MD


Adam Kipp, MD


Medical School: Oregon Health Sciences University
Current job: Practicing Geriatrics in Boise, Idaho

Jennifer Lewis, MD


Kara Kuntz, MD


Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine – Montana WWAMI
Current job: Geriatrician in Boise, ID