IMA Foundation

What is IMA Foundation?

The IMA Foundation is the 501(c)3 arm of the Idaho Medical Association that supports Idaho’s physician training programs and workforce.

The Foundation’s goals are to:

  • Support Idaho medical education and residency training through individual scholarships and organizational contributions

  • Support loan repayment and other activities to recruit and encourage physicians to practice in Idaho

  • Support and provide resources for practicing physicians to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare for Idaho patients

Give to IMA Foundation

Make a tax-deductible contribution today to support the future of medical education and the practice of medicine in Idaho.  Thank you for your support!

Donate to IMA Foundation

Apply for IMA Foundation Awards

Future Physicians of Idaho Awards

The Idaho Medical Association Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the 2021 Future Physicians of Idaho Awards, that are targeted toward individual medical students and residents/fellows.  There are six one-time individual awards available of $5,000 each.  Three awards are for 4th year medical students who have matched to an Idaho-based residency program.  Three awards are for residents or fellows in their final year of training who are in good standing in an Idaho-based residency program and who will practice in a medically underserved Idaho community upon completion of residency.  

The overarching goal of the IMA Foundation is to support efforts to improve Idaho’s physician workforce shortages and to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare in Idaho.  The IMA Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable arm of the Idaho Medical Association. 

Applications will be scored on these five award criteria categories: 
     1.  Idaho Roots:  Born and raised in Idaho, from a rural underserved area, educated in Idaho schools, or have other Idaho ties;  
     2.  Commitment to Practice in Idaho:  Demonstrated commitment to remaining in Idaho and ultimately setting up or joining a practice in Idaho;
     3.  Commitment to Rural and Underserved Idaho:  The extent to which the applicant focuses on practicing in Idaho's rural and/or medically underserved populations;
     4.  Specialty:  The applicant’s chosen specialty and the need for that specialty in Idaho; and
     5.  Personal Statement:  The strength of an applicant’s personal statement and the extent to which an applicant’s goals further the goals of the IMA Foundation 

Letter(s) of support:  Each applicant will be required to submit at least one letter of support from a faculty member or other physician who has been instrumental in your training and who can attest to your skills and dedication.  The letter can be mailed to IMAF, 305 West Jefferson, Boise, ID  83702 or can be emailed to  (Does not have to be a formal letter - an emailed message directly from the physician will be accepted.)

Award recipients are invited to attend and be recognized at the IMA President's Dinner on October 2, 2021, in Sun Valley.  Recipients may inquire about help with travel expenses.

Applicants with service, loan repayment or other commitments outside Idaho after residency are INELIGIBLE.

Applications are now being accepted and must be submitted no later than June 4, 2021.

FILL OUT THE APPLICATION HERE . Please email or with questions or call IMA at 208.344.7888.

Program Awards

Awards support Idaho medical education and residency training through organizational contributions, as well as to support other activities to recruit and encourage physicians to practice in Idaho.

To find out when the next round of award applications will be accepted, please contact Jamie Neill at

IMA Foundation Board of Directors

Basil Anderson, MD

St. Luke’s Jerome

Mary Barinaga, MD


Brad Beaufor,t DO

Syringa Family Medicine (St. Luke’s Meridian)

Bruce Belzer, MD

Primary Health

Keith Davis, MD

Shoshone Family Medical Center

Darby Justis, MD

Catalyst Medical Group

Steven Kohtz, MD
(Vice President)

St. Luke’s Twin Falls

Beth Martin, MD

Coeur d’Alene Pediatrics

Susie Keller


Zachary Warnock, MD

Portneuf Health Partners

Bill Woodhouse, MD

ISU Family Medicine Residency

Crystal Pyrak, MD  

Kootenai Family Medicine Residency