HMC International Medicine Clinic
Ground West Clinic
- Clinic contact:
- Genji Terasaki, MD
- Clinic phone:
- (206) 744-4192
- Monday 8 - 11:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Pre-clinic Conference: 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Residents expected to attend.
- Nurse Manager:
- Anita Leake, RN3
- Nicole Ahrenholz
Harborview Medical Center International Medicine Clinic
The International Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center is a small clinic that provides primary care to Seattle's poor and medically indigent refugee and immigrant populations, typically from Southeast Asia and East Africa. Patients have a broad array of chronic medical conditions, often co-existing with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Residents in this clinic develop skills in cross-cultural medicine and managing interpreted encounters. The patient care visit is the core educational activity in the clinic.
Learning Goals and Objectives
- To develop skills, knowledge, and behaviors in the areas of core competencies outlined by the ACGME: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.
- To build confidence in managing a broad range of outpatient medical conditions.
- To provide culturally-competent care that is compassionate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health; exemplify the highest standards of respect, compassion, integrity, and sensitivity to cultural differences.
- To identify and treat mental illness in patients from different cultures, particularly those who have experienced violence and upheaval.
- To be an advocate for your patients and their communities.
- To build longitudinal relationships with a panel of patients and coordinate their care with other clinical providers and staff.
- To understand the causes for medical non-adherence and develop strategies to address them.
- To learn how to identify and use cultural mediators, including interpreters, to improve health in groups from different cultural, economic and linguistic backgrounds; gain insight into different medical belief systems, and learn how to bridge gaps between allopathic medicine and alternative systems to provide effective care.
- To gain an appreciation of the culture, history and community structure of major immigrant and refugee groups in King County.