University of Washington Family Medicine Residency
UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic
Harborview Medical Center
Excellence in Family Medicine education and patient care with an academic focus are the hallmarks of training at the University of Washington. Residents work collaboratively with teams in a wide variety of settings to learn cutting-edge medicine and patient-centered care. Our graduates work in both urban and rural communities, as well as international service, and many have pursued paths of academic medicine, health policy, or research.
The residency has two related but distinctly different clinical tracks, which are chosen through different Match numbers. Six residents per year are based at UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic, an ambulatory clinic center located in north Seattle; two residents per year are located at the Family Medical Center at Harborview Medical Center, located in the inner city of Seattle. The UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic is a broadly based clinic which serves a diverse patient population. Built around a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, the clinic includes extensive patient services including lab services, radiology, nutrition, social work, counseling and psychiatric consultation. The Harborview continuity practice concentrates an experience working with an international population, many homeless and underserved, in a community-clinic-like setting. Both clinics are striving to incorporate modern practice concepts based on PCMH and NCQA recommendations.
Residents in both tracks share overall curriculum, faculty, most clinical rotations, didactics and social events. Regardless of which track the resident chooses, the program emphasizes patient-centered, evidence-based care working with patients from diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds. Autonomy and responsibility in patient care are encouraged under the guidance of a faculty rich in diversity and depth. Fellowships in Primary Care Sports Medicine, Academic Medicine (R4 Chief Residency), Global Health and Research are available within the Department of Family Medicine. Other fellowships are available to family medicine graduates in Palliative Care and Occupational Health. An MPH is available through the University.
The University of Washington Family Medicine Residency trains physicians in full-spectrum care, scholarship and leadership, using innovative educational and clinical designs to serve patients, families and diverse communities. To achieve this goal, our faculty maintain active clinical practices that serve diverse populations of patients representing a broad spectrum of needs including the needs of the medically underserved within our community.
Particular strengths of the program include: 1) full-spectrum family medicine training to provide up-to-date clinical care in settings ranging from rural to urban; 2) patient-centered and culturally sensitive care of patients, including urban underserved and patients with special needs; and 3) opportunities to pursue skills and interests in clinical fields, academic careers, health policy, and research. An interdisciplinary approach to training and patient care is emphasized, utilizing the program’s strengths in behavioral medicine, pharmacy, social work, nursing and other disciplines.
The first year builds a strong foundation in inpatient management, working collaboratively with residents in other UW programs and taking advantage of the excellent teaching experiences offered there. Inpatient rotations take place in nationally-known and highly respected medical centers in Seattle. A critical part of the R1 year is also establishing a “home” in family medicine, through continuity clinics, a “Home Focus Month” working as a group entirely with family medicine faculty in ambulatory experiences, and the Family Medicine Inpatient Service, caring for our own patients at UW Medical Center.
In the second year residents continue inpatient training, but increasingly expand into community and ambulatory experiences, both within and outside of the Family Medical Center. Each R2 takes a Community Practice Rotation, which immerses the resident in the life of a community practice in a rural, urban or international underserved location. Second year residents also begin teaching roles with other residents and medical students.
During the third year, residents hone their skills in the full range of family medicine skills, including ambulatory care, common procedures including colposcopy, vasectomy and endoscopy, and ongoing care of Family Medicine inpatients. Leadership and teaching skill development, as well as applied practice management and in-depth behavioral science curricula, complete the educational experience to help residents achieve and solidify personal goals as doctors, leaders, teachers, and persons.
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