Idaho has one of the lowest numbers of physicians per capita in the U.S., and the 6th-oldest physician workforce in the country.
It also has no medical school (just a few seats at the universities of Washington and Utah) and about 10 percent of the residency training programs as most of its neighboring states.
Gov. Butch Otter has talked about this need for most of his tenure as governor - remember when he floated the idea of an Idaho medical school a few years back? This year, he asked the Legislature to boost the seats at the Washington med school and help pay for one of the residency programs to get new doctors out to rural hospitals on rotation. We asked some residents at the doctors who train them to frame the problem and the potential solutions in this past weekend's Idaho Reports.