Group Health Family Medicine Residency

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Group Health is a non-profit health maintenance organization with a strong focus on family medicine providers offering a wide spectrum of care. Clerkship students coming to Group Health for their family medicine rotation will spend the bulk of their time at the family medicine residency clinic on Capitol Hill.
Founded in 1969, the residency at Group Health is among the first family medicine programs in the nation and was involved in establishing the American Board of Family Medicine. The residency program has 18 residents, 11 physician faculty members, 2 behavioral science faculty members, and a full complement of nursing and administrative support staff. Clinic facilities include exam rooms, administrative offices, lab, minor surgery, medical library, and pharmacy.
Dr. John Gayman, a long-standing Group Health provider and residency faculty member, is the clerkship faculty coordinator. Clerkship students work under the supervision of Dr. Gayman, residency faculty, third-year residents, and other experienced providers with a passion for teaching.

While at Group Health, students will have access to state-of-the-art resources, including an evidence-based-medicine database, nationally respected treatment guidelines developed from comprehensive, physician-led reviews of best-available research, and EpicCare, an advanced electronic clinical information system, which supports greater accessibility, coordination, and patient confidentiality system wide. Group Health is a national leader in adoption of the medical home and virtual visits are an important part of the interaction between providers and patients.

Satellite Sites: 

In addition to their time at the Capitol Hill clinic, Clerkship students will also have scheduled half-days at Group Health clinics in Burien, Rainier Valley, and Northgate. Each of these clinics offers a unique dynamic, new teachers, and different patient populations.

Capitol Hill will be home base, but please note that travel to satellite sites will be necessary for clerkship students rotating at Group Health. If you have questions or concerns about travelling to satellites, please contact Paul Ford at


Seattle’s eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, home to the residency clinic, bustles with shops, restaurants, and lots of new construction. A large LGBT community calls Capitol Hill home, along with longstanding neighborhood denizens and new Seattle transplants.

The satellite clinics in Burien, Rainier Valley, and Northgate serve diverse communities with a spectrum of socio-economic backgrounds and cultural heritages.

Common Clinic Patients: 

Students will see a racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse group of patients of all ages. In addition to family medicine clinics, students work in multidisciplinary settings, including a teen pregnancy and parenting clinic and a well-child clinic.

On-Call Duties: 

Call is not a regular part of the Group Health clerkship, but OB call may be scheduled in the labor and delivery unit. Call is taken with a resident and an obstetrician attending in these cases. As an alternative to OB call, the student may want to follow a clinic OB patient in continuity and be available for her delivery on an on call basis. The "on call" responsibilities are intentionally kept light with the expectation that the student will then have time to read in depth about the common problems encountered in clinic.


Group Health’s Capitol Hill clinic is easily accessible by several bus lines and parking is available for those who would like to drive. Driving to off-site clinics is highly recommended and free parking is available at all three locations.
Housing is not available through the residency program.


Business casual is required. White jackets are optional, as are ties for men. Additional information will be forwarded prior to the rotation.


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  • The lowest recorded temperature was 10°F in 1990.
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last update 12/2014