Applying to Residency

A resident’s perspective on life at the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency

A Letter from the Chief Resident to You, the Applicant

Hello from Pacific Northwest! I am the current Chief Resident at the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency in Seattle. Three years of residency fly by faster than you think. I remember being in your position wondering which program would be the “best fit” for me. I applied to a university-based residency programs because I wanted to train in a rigorous academic environment, develop my skills in evidence-based medicine, work with residents and attendings across different specialties, and pursue teaching opportunities.

At the University of Washington Family Medicine Program there is no shortage of opportunity. If you can think of it, it can happen. Our training spans multiple different sites that provide us with experiences in a wide variety of practice environments. We cover the full spectrum of family medicine. Our graduates have gone on to work in rural practices, urban underserved areas, international resource-poor settings, public health, academic medicine, and to pursue fellowships in Research, CDC Epidemiology, Sports Medicine, Obstetrics, Rural Health, Palliative Care, and Global Health. Our experienced, committed faculty as well as our equally diverse group of residents are major strengths of our program.

In addition, Seattle is a great place to work, live, and play! There is more to Seattle than the rain and the rain definitely does not stop us from enjoying what the city has to offer. Seattle has all attributes that come with any major city (the arts, great music scene, wonderful restaurants), packaged in a laid back atmosphere, and set against a stunning backdrop of the Puget Sound and the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. Seattle is conveniently located three hours away from the Washington Coast, Portland, and Vancouver, Canada. On their off time, residents will go camping, kayaking, get a group together for a movie or a hike, or just meet up for a bite to eat.

I hope you will take a serious look at our program as you start thinking about the next step in your career.

Wishing you all the best,

Richard Waters, MD, MSc

Chief Resident 2014-2015