Dr. Jeralyn Jones served as the Program Director of the ID/UW Advanced Clinician Psychiatry track, a four-year residency program of the University of Washington. Started in 2007, the program has helped fill the need for more psychiatrists in Idaho. Psychiatry residents see patients at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, the Boise VA, St Luke’s and St Alphonsus Hospitals, Boise State University, and other local training sites. Approximately half of the residents stay in Idaho and the Intermountain West after graduation, replenishing the shrinking numbers of psychiatrists here.
Dr. Jones spent childhood summers with her grandparents who lived on the Ohio River, near the Appalachian Mountains. Her physician grandfather and nurse grandmother made house calls and were sometimes paid with delicious sweet corn and tomatoes. A summer highlight was attending the local medical society picnic, where the community ate apple pie and fed horses.
The sense of working together for the common good, and enjoying each other’s company while doing so, was palpable. These early experiences influenced her desire to be part of a group of healers which she has found throughout the Ada County medical community.
She currently sees patients and supervises psychiatry residents at Boise State University. Her practice highlights are watching residents gain confidence in reducing a patients’ suffering. Dr. Jones received the 2012-13 Psychiatry Residency Clinical Faculty of the Year at University of Washington and the 2013 Ada County Medical Society’s Physician of the Year award.
She attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and completed her psychiatric residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She moved to Boise with her native Idahoan husband shortly after residency and has been practicing here for nearly 30 years. As recent empty nesters, they spend free time exploring Idaho trails and rivers.