Central Washington Family Medicine

Yakima, Washington

Program Overview
The Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program (CWFM-R) is a 6-6-6 family medicine residency program owned by Community Health of Central Washington, a community health center clinic. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and is affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine’s top ranked Department of Family Medicine and the Appalachian Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Consortium. The internship year is also approved by the American Osteopathic Association and preliminary AOA accreditation of the residency is pending. Primary financial support comes from Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center.

The program is committed to the development of excellent, board-certified family physicians with demonstrated clinical, technical, and interpersonal competencies, thereby improving access to healthcare.

The Yakima community is well suited to provide a rich learning environment for family physicians, as it is a regional referral center with open heart surgery, dialysis, a level 3 neonatal intensive care unit and oncology services. The medical staffs of the two Yakima hospitals provide and teach state of the art medicine, while the surrounding area offers important opportunities to prepare graduates for smaller community medicine.

Family Medicine Center
The Family Medicine Center is a freestanding 32,000 square foot facility which includes the community health center clinic, faculty and resident offices, classrooms, library, and administration offices. The clinic features 30 exam rooms, three minor procedure rooms and on-site lab, x-ray services, and pharmacy services. Procedures performed on site include flexible sigmoidoscopy, colposcopy, obstetric ultrasound, normal office surgical procedures, casting, splinting, vasectomy, endometrial biopsy, and IUD insertion. The health center’s electronic medical record system, now in its 6th year, and access to on-line resources provide up-to-date information for providers.

Residents learn to provide comprehensive and continuous ambulatory care in the family medicine clinic. The model for teaching is the “Private Practice” model. Each faculty and resident physician is responsible for the care of his/her panel of patients. The patient population represents the cultural, socioeconomic, and demographic diversity of the Yakima Valley.

In keeping with the program’s focus on service to underserved populations, the curriculum encompasses full spectrum family medicine. Core curriculum instruction provided during block rotations includes: ambulatory family medicine, cardiology/CCU, community medicine/research, emergency medicine, family medicine inpatient service, gynecology, occupational medicine, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedics/sports medicine, pediatrics (ambulatory, ER, wards), behavioral health, pulmonary/ICU, rural medicine, surgery, and urology. Elective rotations supplement the core curriculum.

Longitudinal experiences spanning all three years provide training in dermatology, geriatrics, osteopathic manipulation therapy, practice management, procedures, radiology, and travel medicine. Didactic presentations cover all curricular areas. In addition, advanced cardiac life support, neonatal resuscitation, and advanced life support in obstetrics training is provided.

Residents are supervised by a board certified teaching faculty of nine family physicians, two pediatricians, a dermatologist, a pharmacologist, and a psychologist. All faculty spend time in clinical practice, assuring clinical and technical competency.

The Central Washington Family Medicine Residency faculty bring a wealth of experience to the program. Each faculty member has special areas of interest, training, and experience which are complementary and enable the program to train physicians for service to rural and underserved populations. Core faculty teaching is supplemented by the active participation of nearly 150 volunteer community attendings and clinic preceptors.

In addition to the teaching of residents, faculty members spend time precepting students. Central Washington Family Medicine serves as a site for the required clerkship in family medicine for the University of Washington School of Medicine, and offers a sub-internship for students from U.S. medical schools. Clinical training is also provided for physician assistant, nursing, doctor of pharmacy, and master of social work students.

Quality of Life
Yakima, an ethnically diverse community of 80,000, is situated in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, with lush evergreen forests, desert and sagebrush, sand and snowy mountain peaks, flatlands, and flowering meadows, all within minutes of the city. Unique year-round outdoor recreational opportunities include camping, biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, golfing, and swimming. Other favorites are local and national theatre, art galleries, museums, historical sites, music festivals, the weekly Farmers’ Market, Native American and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and professional and amateur sports.

Pleasant sunshine provides Yakima Valley residents with bright blue skies in winter, spring, summer, and fall. The changing seasons create an ever-changing panorama of sights and colors. The valley’s vast irrigated lands produce a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products including apples, mint, hops, and cattle. The Yakima Valley is well known for its wine industry, as many award-winning wines are produced locally.

The Yakima Valley is a great place to live. It’s “family friendly” with a growing economy, affordable housing, and progressive educational opportunities for children and adults.


Students interested in completing Sub-Internships at Central Washington Family Medicine Residency should note that the program can provide assistance with housing. Use the contact information at the bottom of this page to learn more.

Residency Application Process
The Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program accepts only those applications transmitted via the Electronic Application Service (ERAS). The program is registered with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the Osteopathic Matching Program.

Applicants are individually considered and invited to interview based on criteria compatible with the community health center’s mission of service and education. No applicant is considered without an interview.

For detailed program and/or community information contact:

1806 West Lincoln Ave
Yakima, Washington 98902
Phone: (509)452-4946
e-mail: info@cwfm.fammed.washington.edu
web: http://www.cwfm.org