Valley Family Medicine
The Family Medicine Residency at Valley Medical Center is committed to excellence in teaching and professional development of our residents. We are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association.
Our program is comprised of 24 residents (8-8-8) at Valley Medical Center, a 323-bed, full-service community-based public district hospital located in Renton, just south of Seattle. Valley Medical Center is the largest and most comprehensive medical complex in South King County. The hospital recently opened a new medical tower which includes both a state of the art emergency department and ICU. It also remodeled its maternity and newborn care floors, which see approximately 4,000 deliveries per year. The residency clinic is located next to the medical center, making access to the hospital readily available throughout the day.
An innovative curriculum is offered, providing a breadth of experience and flexibility designed to prepare family physicians for a wide variety of practice settings. This training includes quality inpatient and outpatient primary care, obstetrics, and behavioral medicine. A unique component of the curriculum is the “Clinic First” model which consists of frequent clinic sessions for our residents beginning in their first year. This model provides an enhanced experience in the family medicine continuity clinic, while continuing to support a traditional solid foundation in inpatient medicine. The outpatient clinic curriculum emphasizes disease management/population-based care, evidence-based medicine, and practice management experiences that are targeted towards the academic year of the resident learner. Residents receive regular one-on-one precepting in their continuity clinic to hone their skills at building strong doctor-patient relationships. We provide these experiences in an emotionally supportive environment that encourages intellectual debate and lifelong professional development.
The mission of Valley Family Medicine is to prepare family physicians for future practice…
…with a broad set of skills
…in a wide range of settings
…with diverse groups of people
…incorporating lifelong professional development
How we interpret our mission:
While we cannot predict the future, we acknowledge that it will not be like the present. Willingness to see things as they are, follow trends and adapt to changing conditions are the mark of a healthy residency and a successful professional.
Broad set of skills
Our residents will graduate with proficiency in patient-centered inpatient and outpatient family medicine, maternity care, office procedures, and behavioral medicine.
Wide range of settings
Our graduates will be able to practice in communities that are urban or rural, large or small. They will be able to practice family medicine comfortably within a spectrum of health care delivery systems.
Diverse groups of people
Our graduates will be able to practice with patients and colleagues from a wide range of cultural, economic, linguistic, educational, and lifestyle backgrounds.
Our graduates will be lifelong learners, skilled in critiquing and assimilating new knowledge, committed to ethical and professional practice, and innovating to adapt their practices to whatever the future may hold.
The core faculty at Valley Medical Center is comprised of ten family medicine physicians and a behavioral scientist. Each faculty member holds a clinical faculty appointment and has completed a faculty development fellowship with the University of Washington. Members of the family medicine faculty also have additional training and expertise in sports medicine, geriatric medicine, and addiction medicine. Pediatric, OB/GYN, psychiatry, adolescent medicine and orthopedic consultants enhance the education of the residents through didactics and clinical involvement. We have a full time clinical pharmacist available to the residents in their continuity clinic as well as their inpatient rotations.
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