OB

The Primary Care Obstetrics Fellowship is a 12-month post-residency program that provides specialty training in the areas of operative obstetrics, high risk maternity care, including substance abuse in pregnancy, combined with continued Family Medicine exposure. Specific training includes cesarean sections, operative vaginal deliveries, post-partum management, obstetrical ultrasound, and assisting with our organizations higher risk OB clinic, including substance use in pregnancy.

Additionally, the fellows will gain knowledge in high-risk maternity care throughout the spectrum of pregnancy: antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum. This is integrated with a continued Family Medicine experience through clinic and precepting.

Located primarily between St. Luke’s Hospital, Boise Campus, and the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI), the fellows have opportunities to work with some surrounding hospitals to enhance their operative skills. 

We currently recruit for two fellows each year.

Application

Two fellows will be selected each year. Applicants must have completed a 3-year ACGME accredited Family Medicine Residency and be board certified in Family Medicine. At this time, we are not able to sponsor visas for the fellowship. The fellowship year starts approximately the last week of July.  This varies by academic year. Please submit the following to apply:

  • A copy of your CV
  • Concise personal statement detailing the following:
    • Reasons for pursuing additional training in obstetrics, specifically surgical obstetrics.
    • Any previous experience with obstetrical care (both in residency and outside residency).
    • Future career goals.
  • Letter of support from your Program Director
  • Two additional letters of reference, preferably from Family Medicine faculty.
  • Current list of OB & GYN procedural numbers.
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We will start accepting applications on 7/1, the deadline for application submissions is 8/15.Interviews will be offered September through the beginning of October. The fellows will be selected by the end of October.

Email applications to:

Amy Atondo, Fellowship Program Coordinator.
Subject Line: OB Fellowship Application

Direct Inquiries:

Amy Atondo
Fellowship Coordinator
P: (208) 514-2500 x1074
AmyAtondo@fullcircleidaho.org
777 N Raymond Street Boise, ID 83704

Salary / Benefits

  • Salary: $80,572.00
  • Sixteen (16) days paid vacation per year. (View ACGME Family Leave Policy)
  • Educational funds in the amount of $3,500 for related CME.
    • Required conferences:
      • Advanced OB US course
      • Idaho Perinatal Project in January
      • ALSO Instructor Course
    • Three additional days for CME allowed to use at your discretion
  • 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 membership.

Curriculum

General Overview:

  • Fellowship is divided into 13 four week blocks matching the residency schedule.
  • Fellows start in Block 2 (approximately the end of July) and finishes at end of Block 1 of the following academic year.
  • Eleven of the 13 blocks are focused on surgical and high-risk OB (see template below).
  • There are 8 weeks total of elective time split into 4 two-week experiences throughout the year.
    • This allows fellows to develop additional skills of their choosing.
    • Examples could include: NICU, gynecologic surgery, urology, general surgery, adult inpatient attending
      • Fellow can still participate in the morning 0730 c/section during these blocks as available.
      • Call can be continued throughout this block depending on the elective.
      • Clinics, both MFM Continuity and FM Continuity, would continue with slightly more FM Continuity clinic, averaging 3 sessions/wk.

Goals for the Fellowship:

  • Learn the surgical skills of cesarean delivery and post-operative management.
  • Gain further knowledge in assisted vaginal delivery.
  • Gain knowledge in high risk pregnancy management: antepartum, intrapartum, post-partum.
  • Assist with labor management, both normal and abnormal, in order to know when to go to c-section.
  • Obtain techniques to perform OB Ultrasound through all stages of pregnancy.
  • Increase obstetrical knowledge through a reading schedule.
  • Maintain Family Medicine skills through participation in continuity clinic.

Objectives for the Fellowship:

  • Perform 100-150 c/s as the primary surgeon, and over 200 c/s total.
  • Participate in as many vaginal deliveries as allowable throughout the year.
  • Follow high risk patients daily, either on antepartum or from admission through delivery and then postpartum.
  • Follow laboring patients while on call.
  • Participate in MFM US clinic twice/block and take a qualified US course, preferably at the beginning of the year.
  • Follow a structured reading plan during the year, which includes up to date articles from OB/GYN Journals, textbooks including Gabbe and Williams, and review of ACOG Compendium.
  • Assist with teaching the annual Full Circle Health ALSO course in April and June.
  • Follow a continuity panel of FM patients on a weekly basis.
  • Give a Grand Rounds type lecture to a large medical audience toward the end of the year
  • Participate and assist in quarterly OB Journal Club.
  • Participate in morning OB lecture series and afternoon teaching sessions for the residents when able.

 Typical OB Fellow 4-Week Block Schedule:

One fellow starts on week 1 of the schedule while the other fellow starts on week 3 and each works sequentially through the 4-week schedule.

Week 1:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
0730 C/S0730 C/S
AMMFM Attg /CallUS/Genetics/
Admin/Research
FM clinic (1030 start) MFM Attg. Service/CallUS/Genetics/
Admin/Research 
PMCall (off at 7pm)FM clinic Yellow Risk Call (off at 7pm)FM clinic

Week 2:

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
  0730 C/S 0730 C/S  
AM MFM Attg /Call (24hr) Post CallMFM Attg / CallUS/Genetics/
Admin/Research
MFM Attg / Call (24 hr)MFM Attg / Post-call Round
PM Call (24hr) OffCall (off at 7pm) FM clinic Call (24hr) 

Week 3:

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
  0730 c/s   0730 c/s  
AM FM clinic   (1030 start)MFM Attg /CallMFM Attg /Call US/Genetics/
Admin/Research
 MFM Attg/  Call (24hr) MFM Attg/ Post call   Round
PM MFM Conti   ClinicCall (off at 7pm)Call (off at 7pm) FM clinic Call (24hr) 

Week 4:

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
  0730 c/s  0730 c/s 0730 c/s  
AM FM clinic (1030 start)MFM Attg /CallFM clinic  (1030 start)MFM Att / Call (24hr) Off
PM MFM Conti   ClinicCall (off at 7pm)Yellow Risk Clinic Call (24hr)Off 

Typical Call Shift:

0530 (approximately): round on postpartum, prep for daily c-sections.

  •  Check main OR schedule for potential hysterectomies, D&Cs, etc. to participate in if downtime from L&D and c-sections.

0700: multidisciplinary signout near L&D.

  •  Includes laborists, MFM, resident OB team, L&D Charge Nurse, and anesthesia.
  • Goal to obtain updates on overnight events and general schedule for the day.

0730: participate in first c-section of the morning.

  • During the day: monitor L&D board, check in on MFM antepartum patients likely to go to C-section, finish rounding if needed, assist laborist as “senior” on call would if the senior is busy.

0800: participate in Huddle on L&D if available.

During the day: monitor L&D board, check in on MFM antepartum patients likely to go to C-section, finish rounding if needed, assist

  • laborist as “senior” on call would if the senior is busy

Evening/night: manage labor, participate in c-sections when able, assist laborist on call (admitting MFM pts, triage pts, etc), catch up on reading.

  • If Day Call, wrap up any final work and leave by 10:00 PM

0530 second morning: start rounding, check main OR schedule for possible, D&Cs, etc.

  •  Note: this is not a requirement, but if able and interested, fellow may participate in these surgeries.

0700: multidisciplinary sign-out near L&D. 0730: post call c-section. Go home when done with operating, rounding, completing residual tasks from call night.

0730: post call c-section

Go home when done with operating, rounding, completing residual tasks from call night.

Training Facility

The Idaho Street location is our newest clinical space, having recently relocated to a new spot in downtown Boise. The patient mix has historically had emphasis on pediatrics, obstetrics and women’s health, but now has broad patient panel reflective of Full Circle Health patients, including rapidly increasing geriatrics and multiple languages.  In addition to the continuity clinics, there are dedicated OB clinics on Monday and Wednesdays, gynecology clinics on Mondays and a pediatrics clinic each day.  There is a musculoskeletal focus with OMT, FDM and Integrative medicine/acupuncture specialty clinics housed here.  All Full Circle Health residents are able to experience these clinics.  Two R2s and two R3s are empaneled at Idaho Street each year. Attending support is mainly by the family medicine faculty who see their own patients at Idaho St, but many other faculty members often rotate through.

The Raymond clinic has been the home location of our residency since 1983. All interns spend their first year as Raymond providers, and 6 upper level residents in each class also stay there for their full 3 years of residency.  Raymond is divided into three clinical teams by hallway as part of our PCMH initiative and is our largest clinic.   Patient mix is broad and exciting.   Procedural support is strong at this clinic and it houses many specialty clinics including sports medicine, rheumatology, and dermatology.  All our colonoscopies and EGDs are done here. Although it is an older clinic, it underwent significant remodeling in the last few years. Attending support is a mix of core residency faculty and part-time community preceptors.  This clinic offers a vibrant mix of patients and learning options.

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For more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center Boise Campus has been committed to serving the needs of a growing region. Founded in 1902 as a six-bed frontier hospital, St. Luke’s Boise is now Idaho’s largest health care provider, and the flagship hospital of St. Luke’s Health System.

St. Luke’s Boise is known for its centers of excellence in cancer, heart, and women’s and children’s care. Among our many services, we are home to St. Luke’s Heart, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute’s largest clinic, St. Luke’s Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, and St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Idaho.

Known for its clinical excellence, St. Luke’s Boise has been nationally recognized for quality and patient safety, and is proud to be designated a Magnet hospital, the gold standard for nursing care.

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Faculty

Jennifer Cook, MD (she/her)

OB Fellowship Director

Associate Program Director, Boise

Dr. Jennifer Cook grew up in Boise, Idaho, and then moved east for schooling, attending Johns Hopkins University for undergraduate and Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina for medical school. After a quick consideration of going into Orthopedics, she regained her senses and matched into the Family Medicine Residency at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in Phoenix, AZ, where she served as Chief Resident from 2003-04. She then moved closer to home, completing an OB Fellowship at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA. After joining the faculty at Swedish Family Medicine, Cherry Hill for a short time, she headed down to New Zealand, where she practiced as a GP in a nationalized health care system, traveled as much of the sheep laden countryside as possible, and picked up a wonderful kiwi souvenir, her husband, Jason.

After three years she decided it was time to come home to Boise and joined the Full Circle Health in January of 2009. Her curricular area of interest is the obstetrics experience, inclusive of directing the OB Fellowship. She moved into the Associate Program Director role in February 2017, assisting Dr. Abby Davids oversee the educational experience as a whole for the Boise family medicine residency program. During her free time she enjoys going to the park with her three kids, political disputes with her husband, aerobic exhaustion of many varieties, and knitting anything possible.

Suzanne M. Anstine, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Suzanne Anstine, MD is a laborist with St. Luke’s Labor and Delivery. Dr. Anstine has cared for women for many years in a general obstetrics and gynecology practice at St. Luke’s in Boise. She has special interest in high-risk obstetrics and enjoys working with resident physicians. Medical School: Loma Linda University Residency: Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center Board Certification: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Clarence W. Blea, MD

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Dr. Blea is board certified in maternal-fetal medicine, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. His interests include the effect of periconceptual maternal health as a window to gestational, neonatal and maternal health and well-being. He earned his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and his maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Blea is fluent in Spanish.

Kylie Cooper, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Cooper is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.She has interests in birth defects, genetic conditions and abnormal placentation. She is passionate about women’s health advocacy and believes in a holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth. She earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Vermont.

Joe Jones, MD

OB Hospitalist

Joe Jones, MD is a laborist at St. Luke’s Boise. Dr. Jones holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and attended the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Goucher college in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied medicine at Tulane University and completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to joining the St. Luke’s team, Dr. Jones’ role as a medical director involved launching several OB hospitalist programs nationwide. His other main career focus is in minimally invasive and robotic assisted GYN surgical device innovation. Dr. Jones is passionate about resident education, and in addition to duties at Full Circle Health holds a Clinical Instructor appointment in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Riverside.

Richard M. Lee, MD

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Dr. Lee is board certified in maternal-fetal medicine, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has interests in preterm delivery, recurrent pregnancy loss, antiphospholipid syndrome and thrombophilias. He earned his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Utah and his maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is fluent in Spanish.

Lauren Miller, MD, MPH

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Miller is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has interests in optimizing women’s health prior to conception, caring for pregnant women after bariatric surgery, and managing substance use disorders during pregnancy. She earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital and her fellowship at the University of Rochester – Strong Memorial Hospital.

Stacy T. Seyb, MD

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Dr. Seyb is board certified in maternal-fetal medicine, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He currently serves as executive physician leader for St. Luke’s Health System Women’s Health Board. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his obstetrical residency at the University of Colorado and his maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Northwestern University.

Marietta I.B. Thompson, MD

Obstetrics and Genecology

Marietta Thompson, MD is a laborist. She has practiced with The Woman’s Clinic in Boise and has served as OB-GYN faculty for Full Circle Health. Medical School: University of Utah Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Board Certification: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Darin L. Weyhrich, MD

Obstetrics and Genecology

Darin Weyhrich, MD is a laborist and is Idaho’s state chairman for the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is in private practice. Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Residency: University of Washington School of Medicine Board Certification: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Cyndi Hayes, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Hayes grew up in Meridian, Idaho and then attended Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology.  She went to the University of Washington School of Medicine as an Idaho WWAMI student and then completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Union Memorial Hospital and Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to Boise.  She was in private practice in Meridian before joining the Full Circle Health faculty in 2008.  In 2013, she became an OB Hospitalist for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center where she enjoys teaching the residents and high-risk obstetrics.

Current Fellows

Cara Donnelly, DO

OB Fellow 2024-2025

Cara Donnelly, DO is thrilled to be joining Full Circle Health as an Obstetrics Fellow this year! My husband and I along with our puppies will be moving to Boise from Colorado. Cara grew up in Illinois and North Carolina. She completed her medical school education at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee. Cara graduated from Southern Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program where she had an amazing time learning about full spectrum family medicine with obstetrics. She wants to practice this type of medicine in her future career.

Cara is an avid dog rescuer. We have four lovely energetic dogs that keep us entertained. She loves to travel to new places and has a bucket list goal to travel to each country! Her husband and her love going hiking and kayaking in their free time.

She is really looking forward to living in Boise and taking care of the patients in this area. She can’t wait to start the OB Fellowship!

Miranda Smith, MD

OB Fellow 2024-2025

Dr. Miranda Smith grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain. During college she studied abroad in Costa Rica where she took part in field research and learned about their universal health system. This experience sparked an interest in public health, particularly topics surrounding the social determinants of health and reproductive health. She then attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine completing a certificate in public health while attending medical school. Dr. Smith completed her three-year family medicine residency within the Boise Program here at Full Circle Health in 2024 and looks forward to expanding her knowledge completing her OB Fellowship, finishing in 2025.

In her free time she enjoys hiking, trying new outdoor activities, and spending time with her dog (Tucker) and spouse (Gentry). She is excited to join the Full Circle Health family

Past Fellows

Zara Bowden, MD

Surgical OB Fellow 2023-2024

Taylor Simmons, MD

Surgical OB Fellow 2023-2024

Ashwin Chandra, DO

OB Fellow 2022-2023

  

Caroline Flowers, MD

OB Fellow 2022-2023

Nichole Aker, DO

OB Fellow 2021-2022

Katie Bressler, MD

OB Fellow 2021-2022

 

Elena Phoutrides, MD

OB Fellow 2020-2021

Scott Hippe, MD

OB Fellow 2019-2020

Tom Wonderlich, MD

OB Fellow 2017-2018

Stephanie McCullough, MD

OB Fellow 2015-2016