Spokane Valley- RETIRED

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The Spokane Valley practice is staffed by five physicians and three family Nurse Practioners. The student will work with four MDs and one of the NP’s. The student has an opportunity to see the effectiveness and quality with which family medicine can be practiced in both a rural and an urban setting. Each physician has a full-time practice in Spokane and a part-time practice in near by, rural Fairfield, Washington. The practice admits and follows newborns. Surgical and obstetrical skills are an important component of Associated Family Physicians practice. EMR will be used for all patient encounters. A brief orientation to Family Medicine Spokane is offered along with various community experiences.

All physicians in the practice are clinical faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and between them they rotate primary responsibility for student teaching. Michael Metcalf, M.D., is the unit coordinator. The other faculty preceptors are Walter Balek, M.D., Tom Crisp, M.D., and Brian Zeranski, M.D.. The faculty all graduated from Family Medicine Residency programs and they continue limited involvement with the Spokane Family Medicine Residency.

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Spokane has a population of over 300,00 in the metro area and over 650,000 in the surrounding communities. Spokane is home to several nationally recognized universities and is well known for its parks and recreation (skiing, hiking, biking and river rafting). Fairfield, WA is a farming community of about 2,000 people, located twenty five miles south of Spokane.

Common Clinic Patients: 

Please ask your site coordinator for more information

On-Call Duties: 

There are no on-call duties, although there will be one-two Saturday clinic experiences.


Two bedroom apartment. Housing for students with spouses or partners is available but limited. At least six weeks notice is required. Children cannot be accommodated. No pets. Car required.