The major focus of our residency program is to support the diverse career goals of our trainees. Our program strives to live out our mission to serving the underserved in rural communities with a strong emphasis on academic excellence throughout the training experience, offering a learning environment that balances the personal and professional needs of our trainee. Residents divide their time between general medicine and subspecialty ward services, intensive care units, ambulatory care experiences, consultation rotations, emergency rooms and long-term care settings.
The first year of residency is focused on training in the fundamentals of internal medicine.
First-year residents are exposed to a diverse population of patients with a broad mix of complex disease. Interns will rotate through general inpatient wards, sub-specialty selectives, night medicine, the intensive care unit, and ambulatory medicine. Residents will also spend two weeks on the patient centered care team (PCT) working in a value-based care system. Patient volumes and teams are structured to provide adequate support with an emphasis on learning. Call schedules vary from rotation to rotation but in general we use a drip or shift work model for admissions. We have a night medicine rotation in place to cover the ICU and general inpatient medicine teams. The outpatient experience includes a longitudinal continuity clinic and two ambulatory blocks to initiate interns in ambulatory medicine. Four weeks of vacation are given during ambulatory medicine and subspecialty selectives.
Years 2 and 3
During the second and third years of residency, each trainee assumes the responsibility of functioning as the supervising physician on the general medicine, subspecialty and ICU rotations.
During the second and third years of residency, there is a greater emphasis on outpatient medicine with increased rotations in ambulatory medicine, PCT, and subspecialty rotations including Neurology, Geriatrics and Emergency medicine. In addition, residents will spend four weeks rotating in a rural community of Western Washington with experiences in both inpatient and outpatient medicine. Four weeks of vacation are given during the second and third year.
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