Puget Sound Family Medicine

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The Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency (PSFMR) at Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) is a community-based acute care and obstetrical hospital, offering expert primary care, urgent care and a broad range of medical and surgical specialties, with 36 inpatient beds (with expansion capacity to 72+). The hospital is located off of Highway 3 in Kitsap County between Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bremerton and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and NBK Bangor. NHB is parent command for three Branch Health Clinics and the Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency Program. The three clinics are located at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, NBK Bangor and Naval Station Everett. The family medicine clinic serves approximately 5,000 patients per month. It is located in a 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, and serves as the Medical Homeport, which is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

At least 80 percent of a student’s time will be spent seeing patients in the Family Medicine clinic. You are welcome and encouraged to participate in medical procedures and obstetrical deliveries. You will also have the opportunity to rotate through at least four procedural clinics and spend one week as part of the inpatient team. If time permits, one half-day will be spent with a visiting nurse making house calls.

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You will spend at least 80 percent of your time seeing patients in clinic with either residents or faculty physicians. Students will also have the opportunity to rotate through various procedural clinics (vasectomy, colposcopy, gynecological procedures, exercise stress tests and first trimester obstetrical ultrasounds). Students will gradually be given greater responsibility as the clerkship progresses. In all cases, a faculty member or senior resident will discuss the patient with the student before the patient is released from the clinic. More independence will be expected of late third year students than early third year students. Students will have read-only access to the outpatient and inpatient electronic medical record and available wi-fi via a secure connection to access information from UW and the internet via personal laptop computers. Students will have observed visits on this rotation with feedback via a standardized tool from UW.

Common Clinic Patients: 

Services provided include adult, pediatric and geriatric medicine, prenatal care and the full gamut of family medicine procedures. In-patient medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrical experiences are plentiful.

On-Call Duties: 

Students are scheduled to take call three nights during the rotation, with flexibility in determining the dates. Most students will take their first call the night before they are to start the inpatient service, but this can vary since the dates must be coordinated with other students on the rotation as it is preferred not to have two students on at the same time.


Fully furnished apartment in short-term corporate housing. Family members and pets cannot be accommodated in housing. A car is necessary for transportation to the hospital and clinic.


**There is a full-service gym available to students, both at the housing site and at the Naval Hospital complex. Call Lina at (360) 475-4339 two weeks before your rotation to confirm your arrangements and to have your questions answered. If the clerkship is scheduled to begin on a federal holiday, please report the first weekday following.

The residency will be closing in the fall of 2016, but the site will continue to host medical students from both UW School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS).


Some facts about the weather in Bremerton

  • The average warmest month is August.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 101°F in 1981.
  • On average, the coolest month is December.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was 7°F in 1990.
  • The most precipitation on average occurs in December.