The Pocatello Clerkship offers a wide range of clinical opportunities for medical students. The Pocatello Children’s Clinic is a 9 physician group (8 primary physicians and 1 resident). The physicians work primarily in the clinic setting and are responsible for hospital coverage on a 8 week rotating schedule. Portneuf Medical Center has a pediatric unit, newborn nursery, neonatal intensive care unit and a pediatric intensive care unit. Medical students will work directly with the physicians in each of these areas. Teaching is provided by the physicians and residents.
Founded in 1889, Pocatello is known as the "Gateway to the Northwest." As pioneers, gold miners and settlers traveled the Oregon Trail, they passed through the Portneuf Gap south of town. Stage and freight lines and the railroad soon followed, turning our community into a trade center and transportation junction. Pocatello’s population is just over 51,000. Pocatello has been recognized by Forbes as a "Best Small Place for Business" six years in a row. Most recently Pocatello was ranked 2nd on Forbes Cost of Doing Business index. In addition, we have been ranked one of the top ten small places to move and raise a family according to Primary Relocation and World ERC. All this plus we are just minutes to a day's drive away from the best recreational opportunities the West has to offer!
Access to higher education at Idaho State University and the intersection of major north-south and east-west interstate highways fuel Bannock County’s population and economic growth. The county has benefited from the growth of research and energy-related programs at Idaho State University, especially alternative energy research and subsequent business activity. The county population rose to 82,539 in 2009. For more information on Pocatello, please visit the City of Pocatello website.