HMC Clinic Block Overview
Welcome to Clinic Block! This letter is intended to serve as your orientation, describing some of the conferences and responsibilities during this rotation. Clinic block is a mixture of continuity clinic and subspecialty and primary care clinics throughout the UW system and the community. In addition, there are many teaching conferences. Your clinic block experience is an opportunity within our residency program to gain exposure to the diverse aspects of outpatient medicine. As we are all aware, a wider swath of medicine—from initial diagnosis to ongoing management—is shifting from the inpatient to the outpatient setting. In fact, inpatient medicine comprises only a small fraction of what the practicing internist does in the "real world." More and more, the outpatient setting assumes the burden of caring for a broader spectrum and higher acuity of illness. We feel confident that you will find your weeks of outpatient medicine and the continuity clinic experience to be a valuable and enjoyable part of your residency training.
Your clinic block schedule can be found on www.amion.com. Descriptions of the clinics can be found on the residency website. Feel free to contact your ambulatory chief residents or the contact person listed below at your continuity clinic if you have questions:
PMC: Chris Smith, MD (505-1108) & Tina Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Roosevelt: Deb Greenberg, MD (email@example.com 598-8750)
VAMC: Lea Liviakis, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Veronica Falter (764-2960)
Belltown: Michelle Despreaux, MD (520-5558) & Linda Wegsteen (520-1550)
To augment the clinic experiences, an ambulatory curriculum has been developed which consists of conferences of various formats and topics as discussed below. These conferences are a mandatory part of the clinic block rotations. The conferences have been organized by the chief residents and the directors of the primary care program for your benefit. Your participation and your feedback are critical to the success of the teaching program. Residents are expected to attend all conferences and to contribute, and to present topics or lead discussions at certain conferences. If there are particular subjects that interest you or faculty from whom you would like to learn, please let your Chiefs know. Following is the list of curricular activities during this block:
Occasionally, residents will be assigned a half day of “Admin” during Clinic Block. This time is scheduled to allow residents the opportunity to catch up on clinical responsibilities and to use for self-directed learning.
Clinic and conference responsibilities are considered equal in importance to inpatient responsibilities. If an unexpected emergency arises and you are unable to attend a scheduled clinic or conference, please contact the Ambulatory Program Manager, Chief Resident, or Clinic Coordinator at your continuity clinic. Missing a clinic without first contacting the appropriate individuals is considered failure to show for work, and could result in disciplinary action. In addition, we expect that during weekday working hours (generally 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), you will leave your pager on, in case your clinic or the residency office needs to reach you.
Again, welcome to clinic block. We hope that you find the experience worthwhile and stimulating. We look forward to working with you!
Tyra Thorstad, MD
Ambulatory Chief Resident, University of Washington
UW/Roosevelt General Internal Medicine Clinic
Additional Clinic Block Information for Residents with Continuity Clinic at: