Tacoma Women's Specialists-OB GYN 691
314 MLK Jr Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
Tacoma Women's Specialists is a single specialty private practice Ob/Gyn group practicing in North Tacoma across the street from Tacoma General Hospital, a level III regional Perinatal center. Our office has four physicians, two nurse practitioners, and a staff of fifteen nurses and other employees. We are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Our physicians usually spend two half-days each week in the operating room and the rest of the time in the office seeing patients. Each provider has one day off a week. Our call schedule is usually every fourth night and fourth weekend. We share call with other community Ob/Gyn's who work with us at Tacoma General Hospital. We only do obstetrics at Tacoma general, however we do surgery at both hospitals. Our office sees a large volume of primary care and referral Ob/Gyn patients. We manage virtually all areas specific to women's health including infertility and oncology. We have in-office ultrasound, urodynamics, colposcopy, and other treatment capabilities. During your rotation, you will be spending most of your time with Dr. Lenihan. However, you will also be working with many of the other physicians listed above when Dr Lenihan is not available or while you are on call. We would expect you to be available for call approximately once a week.
You will need to provide your own lab coat, name badge and other personal supplies such as stethoscope, PDA, etc. You will also need to have all of the books and study materials required by the medical school. There is a University of Washington Book Store here in Tacoma if you still need to get some materials after you arrive. Our dress code is business professional with shirts and ties for the gentlemen and blouses and skirts or slacks for the ladies. Jeans, knit shirts, and other casual clothes are not appropriate for this rotation. Scrubs are usually worn only in the hospital.
You will have a general orientation at UW on the first day of orientation until approximately 2pm. Please report to our medical office on the first day of your rotation, after the orientation at UW. Please call ahead to let us know when you will be coming.
Tacoma General Hospital (part of MultiCare Medical Center)
315 ML King Jr Way
Tacoma WA 98405
- Main: (253) 403-1000
- L&D: (253) 403-1032
- Main OR: (253) 403-1115
- Baker Center/Day Surgery: (253) 403-3365
- ER: (253) 403-1050
- Dictation line: (253) 627-9151
St. Joseph Medical Center (surgeries only)
1717 South J. St.
Tacoma WA 98401
- Main: (253) 627-4100
- L&D: (253) 591-6695
- Dictation: 1-800-322-6104
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Providers you may work with during your rotation:
At Tacoma Women's Specialists:
- Carol Kovanda, MD, FACOG
- Clare Cammarano, MD, FACOG
- Don Boutry, MD, FACOG
In our Call group:
- Karen Nelson, MD, FACOG
- Johnette Maehren, MD, FACOG
- Gary Nicker, MD, FACOG
At St. Joseph Medical Center:
- John Read, MD, FACOG, MFM Specialist
Housing arrangements for your stay in Tacoma will be coordinated by Kareena Andreas (253-403-8684). Please contact her a few days before going to Tacoma to find out when and where to pick up the keys to your apartment. You will be able to walk from your housing to Tacoma General Hospital and our offices, but access to a car would also be a good idea for traveling between the hospitals and commuting to Seattle for didactics.
Call & Pagers
Students take call every 5th night of the rotation, with some flexibility. Pagers are required and will not be provided to students. Students are expected to have a pager on their first day of rotation.
Preparation, interest, enthusiasm, and availability will maximize your opportunity to have one-on-one interaction with faculty and staff, to develop problem-solving techniques, and to participate in hands-on activities in the wards, clinics, and operating suites. A regular reading program throughout the clerkship will enhance your overall experience and performance in the final exams.
We hope your Ob/Gyn Clerkship rotation at the Tacoma Women's Specialists site will be an enjoyable and challenging learning experience. Please feel free to contact your Site Clerkship Director (Dr. Lenihan) or the Ob/Gyn Student Education office at the University (206-543-3892) any time during the rotation if you have additional questions or perceive a problem. We look forward to having you work and learn with us during your Ob/Gyn clerkship.