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ISU announces family medicine residency interns

Each year, the Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency Program graduates seven Family Medicine Physicians, and each year it welcomes seven new interns to take their place.

This is a three-year program, with 21 residents at any given time. Seven newly matched interns from around the United States are finishing their fourth year of medical school and will join ISU on June 18, to begin their two-week residency orientation.

One of the primary goals in attracting residency interns to ISU is that it often means retaining these new physicians to practice medicine in Idaho.

“Location of residency education after medical school is a strong predictor of where physicians will ultimately practice after graduation,” said Dr. William Woodhouse, director of external relations for the ISU Family Medicine Residency program.

Two of the seven interns are from eastern Idaho. They are:

n Chance Christensen is from the University of Utah Medical School. He hails from the Idaho Falls area, and after residency hopes to return there to serve that community. He would like to practice rural, full-spectrum Family Medicine, including obstetrics.

n Daniel Sterner is from Touro University, Nevada Medical School. He hails from Pocatello and attended ISU for his undergraduate degree in physics. After residency he hopes to practice full-spectrum Family Medicine with special interest in the Spanish-speaking community.

Idaho Falls expands communications team

The city of Idaho Falls announced that Bud Cranor is the city’s new public information officer. Cranor started his new job March 29.

Cranor replaces Kerry Hammon who held the position since 2013. Hammon transferred in October to serve in the newly created position as the public information officer for the Idaho Falls Fire and Public Works departments. There are now three city public information officers, two of whom are involved in public safety, including one at the Idaho Falls Police Department, a city news release said.

Cranor, an eastern Idaho native, worked for the city of Henderson, Nev., for the past 15 years where he served as the senior communications officer. He also served as the director of the department of communications and council support, public information manager, special assistant to the mayor and council, and public information specialist for the city.

He oversaw a staff of nearly 40 people and a multimillion-dollar budget responsible for the administrative and constituent affairs for the Henderson mayor and council.

Before entering public service, Cranor held positions in the private and nonprofit sectors after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University in 1995.

ISU professor named professional of the year

The 2018 inaugural STEM Professional of the Year Award was presented to Idaho State University physics Professor Steven L. Shropshire on behalf of the engineering programs at ISU and the Eastern Idaho Engineering Council.

Shropshire was recognized for his many contributions to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, an ISU news release said. He received the award at the Eastern Idaho Engineering Council Engineers Week Banquet held earlier this year.

Shropshire, who received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics from Washington State University in 1991, joined the ISU faculty that year.

His accomplishments are many and include awards, research, publications, invited speakerships, leadership roles, volunteer activities, outreach programs, advisory roles and grants. Shropshire has taught many physics classes, and his past students number in the hundreds. His outreach programs are nationally recognized and have reached many thousands of students.

“Shropshire introduces students early into the excitement of STEM education and careers,” said Ron Luedeman, Eastern Idaho Engineering Council award chairman, in the release. “He loves what he does and his passion for the subject inspires others.”