Providence St. Peter Hospital

Olympia, Washington

The Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency program has been in existence since 1991 and we have 21 residents. Our purpose is to train family physicians for the health care of individuals, their families and communities for the 21st century. The training program provides a special focus on preparing competent and compassionate family physicians for rural and smaller communities in our region, and throughout the world with global health training.

Vision Statement

Together we answer the call of every learner we serve: Teach me, mentor me, show me the way.

Mission

We strive to be a premiere Patient Centered Medical Home, teaching and modeling a continuous and supportive relationship between our patients and their health care team.

Program Focus

The Providence St. Peter Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, the only residency program sponsored by Providence St. Peter Hospital, trains family physicians who have the knowledge, technical skills and attitude to become and remain competent and happy in the practice of their profession. We emphasize training for practice in small town areas, and include a strong obstetrics curriculum. Promoting personal and professional balance in our lives is a focus of our training. We offer a unique combination of tertiary care center and community hospital, serving a growing population in the five-county area of Southwest Washington. This combined role affords residents a breadth of experience, which is not available in other settings. Our goal is to provide residents experience in treating people of all ages, and a mix of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Family Medicine Clinic

The Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program, an unopposed residency program sponsored by Providence St. Peter Hospital, trains family physicians who have the knowledge, technical skills and attitude to become and remain competent and happy in the practice of their profession. We emphasize training for practice in small town areas, and include a strong obstetrics curriculum. Promoting personal and professional balance in our lives is a focus of our training. We offer a unique combination of tertiary care center and community hospital, serving a growing population in the five-county area of Southwest Washington. This combined role affords residents a breadth of experience which is not available in other settings. Our goal is to provide residents experience in treating people of all ages, and a mix of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Family Medicine Clinic

The family medicine clinic is the heart of our program. Faculty and residents provide 32,000 clinic visits per year. The FMC is located on the Providence St. Peter Hospital campus, a two-minute walk from the hospital. The clinic was designed especially for the residency program, so it is oriented toward teaching and includes a fully functional electronic health record. Patient care is provided in an NCQA Level 3 medical home model, with residents working in flow with their personal MAs most of the time. We have fully integrated behavioral health with a social worker and PhD psychologist, a clinical pharmacist, and a RN care coordinator. The clinic lab offers basic office lab procedures, while all other ancillary services are available close by in the hospital, including radiology, physical therapy and an excellent medical library. In addition to general family medicine clinic, residents rotate through many specialty clinics in the FMC including group adolescent prenatal care, dermatology, gynecology, vasectomy, colposcopy, travel medicine, occupational medicine, osteopathic manipulation clinic and psychology consultation clinic.
The patient population of the residency draws from all segments of the surrounding area of 250,000, including: low income patients, Medicare and Medicaid patients, and those enrolled in private insurance groups including managed care plans.
We strive to provide high quality, innovative care to all of our patients. Residents function as associate partners in the FMC throughout their three years in the program. First year residents see patients 1-2 half days per week; second year residents average 3-4 half days per week and the third year residents practice in the FMC regularly except for specific longitudinal experiences, week-long mini-rotations and one rural practice month. Our family medicine inpatient service and after-hours call are managed by the R3 class.

Curriculum / Rotations

The curriculum is designed to provide residents with a solid background in all areas of family medicine. Most required rotations take place at Providence St. Peter Hospital and within the local medical community. Residents also benefit from experience in the Pediatric ER at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma (30 miles north) and many small town and rural sites for family medicine experiences within a 30 mile radius of Olympia. More specific details of curriculum content and rotations can be made available.

Our behavioral science curriculum is primarily a longitudinal experience, which emphasizes ready access to the behavioral science and family medicine faculty for consultation in the office. It also includes a bimonthly didactic program, psychiatry consultation clinics, co-therapy sessions and videotaping resident interviews. Sensitivity to the residents’ needs during the stresses of residency training is also given a high priority.

Faculty Highlights

The current faculty consists of nine family practice physicians, a pediatrician, two OB Global Health Fellows, an internist, a social worker, a psychologist, a pharmacist and two nurse practitioners. There is also excellent support and teaching provided by community physicians in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
Further requests for information about the residency, the community, and the application process should be directed to:

PROVIDENCE ST. PETER HOSPITAL
Family Medicine Residency Program
525 Lilly Road NE/PBP-9
Olympia, WA 98506
Phone: (360) 493-4002
Email: lisa-ann.roura@providence.org
web: www.providence.org/stpeterfm

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