Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital-OB GYN 686
3003 Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA 98902
Welcome to Yakima! We look forward to making your OB/GYN rotation an interesting and varied educational clerkship. At the same time, we want to encourage you to experience all of the recreational and cultural opportunities that abound in the Yakima Valley.
Before Your Clerkship
Please submit all required credentialing paperwork to Kimberly Wakeman no later than three weeks before the start of your rotation.
Kimberly's Contact Information:
Clinical Coordinator: Roger B. Rowles, MD, FACOG
Office phone number: (509) 453-7109
Cell phone number: (509) 952-2574
Fax number: (509) 453-3659
Administrative Coordinator: Elizabeth Brons
Office phone number: (509) 453-7109
3003 Tieton Drive Suite 240
Yakima, WA 98902
You will be at orientation at the University on your first day of your clerkship, and will drive to Yakima after orientation concludes. Please contact Dr. Rowles in advance to coordinate your arrival time. The drive to Yakima takes 2 1/2 hours. Stay on I-82 until you reach the downtown exit (33). As you exit, stay to the right and follow the signs to downtown Yakima. You will be on Yakima Avenue. Continue west on Yakima Avenue, through the downtown area, until you reach 16th Avenue. Go left on 16th Avenue and continue down the hill to Tieton Drive. Turn right onto Tieton. Go 12 blocks and turn right onto 28th Avenue. The parking lots will be on your right. Park in any lot, enter the hospital, and take the main elevators to Labor and Delivery on the 4th floor. Ask the receptionist to page Dr. Rowles. You will check into the apartment that day and your preceptor will orient you and provide you with your written schedule for the following six-weeks.
Again, we welcome you to Yakima, and hope that your experience here will prompt a return to our valley in the future.
There are four board-certified Ob/Gyn physicians participating in the WWAMI program. During your six-week rotation, you will be assigned to two of these physicians, and will see patients in their offices approximately four half-days per week. You will be expected to go to surgery with your preceptors, and to participate in deliveries done by your preceptors. You will be expected to review at least four patient write-ups with your preceptors during the six weeks.
There are two hospitals in Yakima, but Virginia Mason Memorial is where all the obstetrics and almost all of the gynecology is done. There is a small study room with appropriate textbooks on the Labor and Delivery suite at Virginia Mason Memorial. Additionally, there is a lounge in the same area shared by students and residents, with adjoining sleeping rooms. A large medical library is located on the first floor of YVMH. Click here for Virginia Mason Memorial's policy on students in the OR.
Call & Pagers
You will take five or six night calls during your preceptorship. These will be night calls during the week as well as one weekend call. Most of these call nights will be when the UW OB resident is on call to encourage additional mentoring. Also, if you are following a laboring patient during the day and they are expected to deliver in the evening or night, you will have the option of staying for the labor and delivery of your patient.
A pager will be provided to OB/GYN students for use during their rotation.
Housing & Meals
A furnished two-bedroom apartment is provided close to Virginia Mason Memorial. Linens and dishes are provided, but you will need to provide personal items. Telephone service is not provided at the apartment, so bring a cell phone. You will also be provided a pager while in Yakima. There is a computer in the apartment with internet access. There is not a washer and dryer in the apartment, but facilities are close by. Meals are not provided, but the cafeteria food is inexpensive and good.
A personal automobile is required, as transportation is not provided.
There are several educational conferences each month. These include fetal monitor strip review, journal club, and a grand rounds presentation by the University of Washington Department of Perinatology. Two Fridays a month, a noon conference is also held in conjunction with the high-risk perinatal clinic, staffed by the University of Washington perinatologists.
There are informal didactic presentations and discussions on Monday morning and Thursday morning. These are to review interesting obstetric cases or to discuss specific OB topics.
In addition to these conferences, there are several "mini-tutorials" offered by several of the OB/GYN's and by a lactation specialist. You will be responsible for arranging these 20-30 minute sessions at a mutually convenient time.
Other Educational Opportunities
During our six-week clerkship, you will spend two half-day sessions with the genetic counselors. You will also spend a half-day with a public health nurse doing a perinatal outreach visit. You will also spend a full day at the Yakima Valley Workers Clinic in nearby Toppenish, working with four of the obstetricians at that facility.
During your stay, you will have a membership at the Yakima Athletic Club (tennis, swimming, weights, exercise machines), which is one mile from Virginia Mason Memorial. Yakima is also a great place for biking, running, and golf most months of the year, and there is skiing at nearby White Pass in the winter months.
Yakima is situated in the middle of wine country and many winery tours are available. There are also cultural opportunities in the Hispanic and the Native American centers.