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As a regional medical education center, Kootenai Health is committed to the development of medical education and clinical research relationships. Each year, Kootenai Health places hundreds of students in various departments, contributing thousands of teaching hours to future community health care providers. In return, students gain real-life experience that helps advance their educational goals.  

Please see below for more information about all the educational opportunities through Kootenai Health.

Family Medicine Residency

Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Coeur d’Alene Residency, a member of the University of Washington network, combines a multitude of regional resources to train family physicians to meet the challenges of a growing rural community in the 21st century.

For information visit our site or contact: Melisa Carper, Program Coordinator at

Pharmacy Residency

The pharmacy practice residency gives experience in a broad area of pharmacy practice and teaching opportunities through Washington State University and Idaho State University.

For information visit our site.

Medical Students

Kootenai Health and Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Residency offers third year clerkships and fourth year Sub-I opportunities for medical and osteopathic students. The Family Medicine Residency Program Coordinator will facilitate all requests for clerkships and sub-internships for students in both Family Medicine and other clinical rotations.

For information visit our site or contact Melisa Carper, Program Coordinator at

Allied Health Practitioner Faculty or Students

For faculty members or students in a graduate-level LIP program at a university. Examples include nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife and physician assistant.

For information contact (208) 625-5080 or email

Health Care Student Placement

Kootenai Health welcomes college students from a variety of health professions as well as behavioral health student placements. Examples include: nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, social work, radiology technology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, or nutrition science students.

For information visit our site, call (208) 625-6078 or email

Shadow Students 

Kootenai Health offers a limited number of opportunities for pre-medical students to shadow a provider. The student must be in good standing with their current academic institution and in need of hours in a hospital setting to satisfy educational requirements for pursuing a medical degree. If this pertains to you, choose a specialty of interest and call the correlating office to determine if a preceptor is available. After a preceptor has been identified, contact for additional requirements. This opportunity is not offered to high school students. If high school students are interested in volunteering, please contact Volunteer Services for other opportunities.