Central Washington Family Medicine

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Site Details: 

Eighteen residents and ten family medicine faculty with a full complement of other health professionals staff the Central Washington Family Medicine (CWFM) clinic. The clinic and residency program are services of Community Health of Central Washington (CHCW), a Federally Qualified Health Center that receives federal funding to provide care to Medicaid and Medicare populations. CHCW is located in a health provider shortage area with a diverse population including significant Hispanic and Native American populations. The mission of the clinic is to serve the needs of these underserved and rural populations. The student spends the majority of time in the clinic, but also is involved in hospital care at two community hospitals. Educational activities include community service organization site visits, hospital-based lectures, procedures in the clinic, and residency didactics.

The Clerkship Site Coordinators at Yakima are April Yates Hardy, MSOD and Dr. Tanny Davenport. Other faculty physicians who participate in student teaching include: Drs. Vicki Black, Roger Bracchi, Mark Deramo, Paul Emmans, Debra Gould, Portia Jones, Mike Maples, Russell Maier, Mindy Wall, and senior residents. Ancillary faculty who may work with the students include our pediatricians Drs. Melissa Lemp and Stephen Pearson, our Pharmacist Louise Achey, Pharm.D., and our Pyschologist Kirk Strosahl, Ph.D.

Satellite Sites: 

Central Washington Family Medicine, Community Health of Central Washington


Yakima is located 2 1/2 hours east of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascades. Hiking, skiing and fishing are minutes away. Multitudes of wineries are available for touring, and plenty of sunshine is available year round.

Common Clinic Patients: 

Please ask your site coordinator for more information

On-Call Duties: 

Call averages once per week and includes emergency room evaluations and admissions.


Two-bedroom apartment with sleeper-couch in the living room. Pool on site. The building is next to the clinic. Families are welcome, but no crib is provided. No pets. Car required. Some travel can easily be done by bike, especially in better weather.


PATHWAYS: This clerkship fulfills the Hispanic Pathway Core Clerkship Requirement.


Some facts about the weather in Yakima

  • July is the average warmest month.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 110°F in 1971.
  • On average, the coolest month is December.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -25°F in 1950.
  • The maximum average precipitation occurs in December.


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