Matt Hansen

What drew you to your field?

I was drawn to internal medicine because of the intellectual challenge of the field. Internal medicine requires that you excel at critical thinking and clinical reasoning. Patients often present with symptoms of an unclear origin and it is your responsibility to make a diagnosis using past experience, clinical reasoning and critical thinking. In addition, as an internist you frequently care for patient with very complicated disease states. It is common for these conditions to impact one another making the care of a patient that much more complex. You have to consider each condition you are treating individually but also how one treatment or disease will impact another.

What potential impact do you see your work having on others or the world?

It is my hope that our residency program will improve the health and wellbeing of our region including many of the rural or underserved communities in the state. We have designed a training model that puts the patient first focusing high value care, improved access, population health and patient outcomes. By focusing on outreach and health care advocacy during training we hope our residents will have a greater impact on the community in which they serve. Our residents will also spend a portion of their training in many of the rural and/or underserved areas where access to primary care is limited. The goal of which is to establish and grow a collaborative network to provide support and resources for physicians in rural areas.

What do you do for fun?

Like many others that live in the PNW I enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, fishing and boating. I have also been an avid soccer player my entire life and currently coach my 5-year-old daughters soccer team. Family is very important to me and I try to spend as much time as possible with my wife, 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.

What drew you to the College of Medicine?

I was drawn to the WSU College of Medicine because of the mission, to improve health care access the communities that need it most. Our city, county and region represent one of these areas and that is one of the many reasons I felt so strongly about partnering with the college when we started discussions about starting a residency program at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett 3 years ago. The two organizations also have similar missions, both are devoted to providing care to the underserved and most vulnerable populations in our region/state, so the partnership makes sense. I believe the collaboration between Providence and WSU will greatly enhance the training and experience of our residents.