Chief Resident Job Descriptions

There are several opportunities for individuals to hone their teaching and administrative skills following training. Descriptions of the positions available at each site follow.

Harborview Medical Center

Harborview – Ambulatory Chief Resident

The HMC Outpatient Chief Resident position is a one-year experience that offers a unique blend of education, patient care, advocacy, and administration, with heavy emphasis on teaching outpatient medicine in a clinical context. These key components include the following duties:


  • One half-day clinic session per week staffing resident patients in the Adult Medicine Clinic (AMC) in parallel with Dr Jill Watanabe
  • Organize, schedule, and contribute to weekly AMC, Madison, and Pioneer Square Pre-clinic Conferences
  • Weekly chart review with interns on clinic block rotations who have their continuity panels at AMC, International Clinic, and Pioneer Square Clinic
  • Coordinate and facilitate Thursday Morning Resident Didactics Conference at UW (shared responsibility with Roosevelt Chief)
  • Co-direct the Patients, Physicians and Society (PPS) course. The Roosevelt and HMC chiefs determine the content and activities and share responsibility for coordinating and facilitating sessions. In recent years these activities have included visits to the jail infirmary, art tours, narrative medicine sessions, poetry interpretation, Bastyr medicinal herb walks, and visits to skilled nursing facilities
  • Present HMC Ambulatory Chief of Medicine Rounds monthly
  • Facilitate monthly AMC Journal Club sessions
  • Participate in and shape the curriculum of the clinic immersion blocks
  • Shape the curriculum and function of clinic resident-attending teams
  • Options to attend on HMC ward team for 2 weeks
  • Options to participate in curriculum design and teaching on various Ambulatory/Thematic Blocks for residents (examples include: Addiction Medicine, Clinician Educator blocks)
  • One half-day clinic session per week staffing patients in the AMC and one session per week at the Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) Shelter with 3rd year medical students and the resident on the homeless elective block rotation
  • One evening per week in the AMC Student Evening clinic with 4th year students and Dr. Thronson.
  • Weekly didactic sessions with 3rd year students
  • Weekly physical diagnosis rounds with 3rd year students and Dr Watanabe

Patient Care

  • Precept residents and students in the above clinic sessions
  • Maintain one’s own primary care panel at AMC one half-day per week


  • Unique opportunity to advocate for very vulnerable patients, particularly those who are homeless, suffer from drug and alcohol abuse and/or are mentally ill, transitioning them into primary care.
  • Central figure for promoting resident morale in the HMC ambulatory environment
  • Attend monthly Medicine Residency Advisory Committee meetings
  • Historically, the outpatient CMRs have also been key figures for promoting and maintaining moral among the PC track resident cohorts


  • Organize and schedule the educational conferences outlined above
  • Bi-monthly chief resident meetings with Residency Program leadership staff
  • Assist with scheduling and coverage arrangement for housestaff
  • Serve on various committees (some optional) and/or attend meetings: Clinical Competency, MRAC, AMC Leadership, AMC Staff, AMC Team Care, AMC Opiate Review, HMC Quality Improvement, HMC Patient Experience
  • Assist with recruitment activities for the Internal Medicine Residency, particularly around Primary Care Track recruitment


This is a clinically active position, with patient care and direct teaching responsibilities comprising half of the work week: 2 half-day clinic sessions with 3rd year students, 1 clinic session with 4th year students, 1 clinic session with residents, and 1 clinic session of the CMR’s own panel of primary care patients. The truly unique features of this position are: 1) the way in which resident and student education is heavily tied to patient care in a longitudinal fashion, and 2) the unparalleled opportunities for advocacy on multiple levels. For many of our vulnerable, homeless patients, the HMC Outpatient Chief, in conjunction with the 3rd year medical students, can serve as an important link between the shelter environment and the Adult Medicine Clinic. On a programmatic level, the HMC Outpatient Chief Resident is the primary advocate for residents whose continuity clinics are the HMC Adult Medicine, Madison, International Medicine, or Pioneer Square Clinic, as well advancing and improving primary care training within the University of Washington Internal Medicine Residency Program. While academic endeavors such as research are not required, there is both time and support for doing so if desired.

Harborview – Inpatient Chief Resident

The HMC Inpatient Chief Medical Resident position is an exciting and fulfilling, and busy position. It is a year-long leadership position. The HMC Inpatient CMR plays a pivotal role in education, administration and resident morale. HMC has the largest number of residents, interns, and students of the three inpatient sites making it a vibrant and bustling institution!


The HMC Inpatient CMR is responsible for several educational experiences per week for the residents and the medical students. For morning report conference, he/she selects cases to be presented, facilitates the discussion and provides clinical teaching relevant to the case. The HMC Inpatient CMR will coordinate 3 morning report conferences per week (one of which is senior report) and the HMC Quality and Safety CMR will coordinate 1 morning report conference per week. Intern report occurs once weekly and is a protected time for intern-level teaching. The HMC Inpatient CMR is responsible for coordinating 4 lunch conferences per week, including recruiting and scheduling high-quality speakers. Note that the HMC Quality and Safety CMR will coordinate the Mortality and Morbidity Conferences, and that the HMC Ambulatory CMR also coordinates Ambulatory Chief of Medicine lunch conference monthly. The HMC Inpatient CMR plays a large role in the education of the MS3s during their clerkship, providing bedside teaching during physical exam rounds once weekly and small group teaching during weekly didactics.


A large and important component of the HMC Inpatient CMR position is the ongoing coordination of the residents and medical students on the teaching services. The HMC Inpatient CMR provides orientation for all rotating residents and students. Throughout the rotation, an important role is providing guidance for struggling residents, and he/she also serves as a resource for clinical and administrative questions, arranges sick coverage, and facilitates end-of-rotation feedback. In addition, he/she serves as a liaison between medicine and other services to maintain strong relationships and facilitate the residents’ experience on off-service rotations. The HMC Inpatient CMR works closely with the Chief of Medicine to identify needed changes and plan solutions. Additionally, he/she works closely with the Residency Program in coordination of program-wide events, program changes, resident feedback and supervision and other administrative duties.


The HMC Inpatient CMR serves as an important resource and provides ongoing support for the residents rotating through HMC. From guiding struggling residents to planning morale-boosting events, he/she is deeply involved in the well-being of residents on service at HMC and serves as a mentor to many. The HMC Inpatient CMR works closely with the residents incorporating their feedback into future changes within the teaching environment.


The HMC Inpatient CMR will have the option to attend on the Medicine ward service for two weeks.


  • Unique opportunity to advocate for very vulnerable patients, particularly those who are homeless, suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and/or are mentally ill, and transitioning them into primary care.


  • Central figure for promoting resident morale on the inpatient services.
  • Attend monthly Medicine Residency Advisory Committee meetings


  • Organize and schedule the educational conferences outlined above
  • Bi-monthly chief resident meetings with Residency Program leadership staff
  • Assist with scheduling and coverage arrangement for housestaff
  • Serve on various committees (some optional) and/or attend meetings: Clinical Competency, MRAC, AMC Leadership, AMC Staff, AMC Team Care, AMC Opiate Review, HMC Quality Improvement, HMC Patient Experience
  • Assist with recruitment activities for the Internal Medicine Residency


The HMC inpatient chief resident (CR) is a key member of the HMC medicine leadership team. He/she, with the chief of service and other faculty, is primary responsible for the education and well-being of the residents and students on the inpatient services. The HMC inpatient chief resident should be respected for their clinical judgment, teaching skills and even temperament. He/she should be a creative problem solver and work collaboratively with his/her peers, mentors and administrators to advance the care and teaching missions of the hospital and department of medicine. The CR should always advocate strongly for the patients at HMC and for those residents and students entrusted with their care. While academic endeavors such as research are not required, there is both time and support for doing so if desired.

Harborview - Quality and Patient Safety Chief Resident

The role of the HMC Chief Medical Resident for Quality and Safety is composed of QI, educational, clinical, and administrative responsibilities.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Activities

The two central roles of the HMC Chief Resident in Quality and Safety will be to involve residents in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, and to actively participate in HMC priority QI initiatives, such as infection prevention, throughput and census management, and communication and Team STEPPS. The Chief Resident in Quality and Safety will be expected to identify a project or various projects he/she would like to work on longitudinally throughout the year that will lead to systematic improvements here at Harborview, and this person will also serve as a champion and mentor for residents interested in and actively involved in QI work.

The HMC Chief Resident in Quality and Safety will have an active, formal role in important committees including the Joint Conference Committee, Medical Quality Improvement Committee, and the Patient Safety Committee, including reporting on QI and patient safety initiatives and metrics in which the Chief is involved. The Chief will also attend all medicine-related intensive reviews. She/he will work closely with Drs. Anneliese Schleyer and Jared Klein, as well as the HMC QI leadership team and have the opportunity to apply for the Certificate Program in Patient Quality and Safety.

During the summer blocks, the HMC Chief Resident in Quality and Safety will work in conjunction with the VA Chief Resident in Quality and Safety to organize and teach the Quality Improvement Seminar Series. This course takes place one half day a week during the first and second block of the year and focuses on topics in healthcare systems, QI and patient safety with the mentorship of Anders Chen.

Additionally, the HMC Chief Resident in Quality and Safety will be responsible for organizing inpatient M&M conferences at least twice per month. These conferences will review cases gathered and presented by senior residents on the ward teams. The focus of M&M will be to address errors or near misses in patient care; the Chief will identify and follow up on an action plan after these conferences as needed. In addition, the chief resident will conduct patient safety rounds with the inpatient resident teams.


In addition to the Quality Improvement Seminar Series, safety rounds, and M&M conferences, the HMC Chief Medical Resident for Quality and Safety will be responsible for running one morning report a week, on a day mutually agreed upon by both the Quality and Safety Chief and the HMC Inpatient Chief. These morning reports can either be QI focused or traditional in scope.


The Quality and Safety Chief at HMC will provide backup support to the HMC Inpatient Chief when that person is on vacation or away from the office. This may include providing guidance to struggling residents, covering teaching duties, arranging sick coverage, and answering other administrative questions that come up. The Quality and Safety Chief will also work with Drs. Harrington, Schleyer, and Klein to identify quality issues within Harborview that need to be addressed and help propose potential solutions. Additionally, the Chief will work with the Residency Program in coordination of program-wide events, program changes, resident feedback and supervision and other issues. The Chief will serve as a board member for the GME Housestaff Quality and Safety Committee and will work closely with the co-chairs on specific initiatives that relate to HMC and the medicine residency.


The HMC Chief Resident in Quality and Safety will have the opportunity to attend on the Harborview wards for at least 2 weeks out of the academic year.

While academic endeavors such as research are not required, there is both time and support for doing so if desired.

University of Washington Medical Center

UWMC Roosevelt Clinic – Ambulatory Chief Resident

This position has been designed to enhance independent teaching for residents and medical students, provide regular patient care opportunities, and offer protected time for scholarship. It is a year of excellent preparation for a clinician-teacher position as well as general internal medicine practice or ambulatory based fellowship.

The UWMC outpatient chief medical resident (CMR) plays an important role as a teacher for the medical student and residents on outpatient rotations. There are many outstanding UWMC faculty that will help the UWMC CMRs hone their teaching skills. To develop bedside teaching skills, the UWMC inpatient and outpatient chief residents participate in Specialty Rounds weekly. Each week at Specialty Rounds, the chief residents round at the bedside with 1-2 faculty from neurology, pulmonary, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, rheumatology, or general medicine to learn the finer points of history taking and physical examination.

The UMWC Outpatient CMR position also features the following:

Direct Patient Care Opportunities

  • One month of UWMC ward attending, divided into two sessions
  • Continuity clinic for your own panel of patients one half-day per week

Resident Teaching Opportunities

  • Precept Roosevelt residents in clinic
  • Lead weekly chart review sessions for interns
  • Develop and lead pre-clinic conference didactics several times per year
  • Coordinate and facilitate Thursday morning academic half-day conferences for six months of the year (alternating with Harborview Ambulatory Chief Resident)
  • Co-direct the Patients, Physicians and Society (PPS) course. The Roosevelt and HMC chiefs determine the content and activities. In recent years these activities have included visits to the jail infirmary, art tours, narrative medicine sessions, poetry interpretation, and visits to skilled nursing facilities
  • Conduct UWMC Chief of Medicine Rounds “Ambulatory Case” session monthly
  • Promote resident morale in the Roosevelt Clinic environment

Medical Student Teaching Opportunities

  • Precepte third year medical students in your continuity clinic one month per year
  • Develop and present core ambulatory didactic sessions to outpatient third year medical students weekly

Curriculum Development/Administrative Opportunities

  • Serve on the Medicine Residency Advisory and Clinical Competency Committees
  • Meet bi-monthly with Dr. Steinberg for residency program development
  • Create and facilitate didactics for R1 ambulatory immersion blocks

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Protected time for scholarship each week
  • Research mentoring by Dr. Brad Anawalt and others

UW Medical Center – Inpatient Chief Resident

The inpatient chief medical resident (CMR) is a linchpin in the Department of Medicine and the inpatient services at the UWMC. Taking advantage of the extraordinary clinical experiences at the UWMC, the inpatient CMR has unparalleled opportunities to learn and teach medicine. The inpatient CMR is also an important role model for housestaff and students, and a source of advice and mentorship. The inpatient Chief Medical Resident (CMR) at the UWMC primarily plays an educational role, but also has academic, administrative, and clinical opportunities. The CMR organizes and leads most of the UWMC conferences for the housestaff, many of which are also important for faculty education as well. The inpatient CMR also plays a critical role in the education of third year medical students during their inpatient clerkship (Medicine 665) including dedicated teaching sessions.

Administrative and leadership responsibilities include scheduling conferences, committee work related to housestaff and education issues. These responsibilities are tremendous opportunities to be involved in advocating for the housestaff and for improving patient care.

The UWMC inpatient CMR year is divided into two halves: six months are spent as the “active” inpatient chief resident and six months with an opportunity to develop an academic project. It is anticipated there will be some sharing of the inpatient CMR responsibilities during the six months of academic time.

Teaching & Conferences:

The UWMC inpatient CMR plays an important role as a teacher for the medical student and residents on inpatient rotations. There are many outstanding UWMC faculty that will help the UWMC CMRs hone their teaching skills. To develop bedside teaching skills, the UWMC inpatient and outpatient chief residents participate in Specialty Rounds weekly. Each week at Specialty Rounds, the chief residents round at the bedside with 1-2 faculty from neurology, pulmonology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, rheumatology, or general medicine to learn the finer points of history taking and physical examination and how to teach these skills to trainees.

The UWMC inpatient CMR will lead or help schedule the following conferences.

  • Resident/Morning Report: 3 days per week
  • Senior Report: Tuesday morning
  • Interns’ Report: Thursday
  • Noon Conferences:
    • Monday conference is organized by the Associate Program Director for Education, but it is facilitated by the UWMC inpatient CMR
    • Wednesday conference is organized by CMR
  • Chief of Medicine (COM) Rounds: inpatient CMR coordinates inpatient COM rounds and autopsy conference 2-3 times per month
  • Medicine 665 (3rd year Medicine clerkship): Didactic session on Tuesday afternoon & physical diagnosis rounds on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Grand Rounds: Each Thursday from September through June. The UWMC inpatient CMR has the opportunity to create the Grand Rounds schedule, with input from other chief residents and faculty leadership.
  • Imaging Rounds: Each Tuesday morning with Dr. Godwin


  • The inpatient CMR at the UWMC will have 6 months during the first or second half of the academic year to spend developing or completing an academic project.
  • Ideally, this time will be mentored and will help further interests relevant to professional goals.
  • Drs. Anawalt and Broudy and other members of the Department will be pleased to assist inpatient CMRs with identifying potential mentors.
  • Additional mentorship opportunities abound within the Department of Medicine including the residency program, medical student program, and general medicine and the specialty divisions.

Leadership/Administrative opportunities:

  • The inpatient CMR is uniquely positioned to participate in improving the educational experience of the housestaff and medical students, and to improve the quality of the inpatient medical service. To optimize the effectiveness of this unique leadership role, the inpatient CMR office is located in the same suite as the internal medicine residency program and student program leadership and just down the hall from the Chief of Medicine and Department Chair’s office.
  • The inpatient CMR participates in several committees that provide oversight to housestaff programs, including the Medicine Residency Advisory Committee, the Graduate Medical Education Committee, and the Inpatient Medicine Program Committee.
  • There are ample opportunities to be involved in additional committees and projects pertinent to future career interests. Examples include the Medical Emergency Response (code blue) Committee and multiple ongoing quality improvement initiatives.


  • The inpatient CMR will attend for one month on the inpatient service during the six-month academic period.
  • Inpatient CMRs may choose to moonlight in the community as an opportunity to augment their clinical experience provided such moonlighting does not interfere with their responsibilities as CMR.
  • One of the great opportunities of the year is the opportunity to learn from the extraordinary breadth of clinical material (patients, studies, pathology) at the UWMC.

Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System

VA – Clinician Teacher Fellowship

The clinician-teacher fellowship is designed to give residents who are interested in pursuing a career in academic medicine, particularly in the clinician-teacher pathway, the skills necessary to succeed. The primary goals of the fellowship are to:

  1. provide exposure to a variety of teaching settings in order to hone teaching skills and begin a teaching portfolio
  2. further develop and broaden the clinical skills learned during residency
  3. support the accomplishment of a scholarly project

We select residents who are already outstanding teachers to further refine their teaching skills. VA clinician-teacher fellows spend more than 50% of their time teaching. This teaching is primarily with medical students and internal medicine residents, but at times includes trainees from multiple other health professions (e.g. nurse practitioner, mental health and pharmacy trainees). The opportunities to teach are myriad and include spending 1-2 half-days per week teaching medical students basic primary care skills in the VA Primary Care Clinic. The fellows attend in the Primary Care Clinic (+/-Women's Clinic) 1-2 afternoons per week, supervising residents in their continuity clinic, answering questions, teaching physical exam skills, and supervising outpatient procedures. As afternoon attendings, this frequently includes teaching the pre-clinic conference to a multi-disciplinary group of trainees. Fellows are also responsible for chart review each week for the interns on clinic block. In this setting, they can develop their own curriculum and format for reviewing primary care issues. In addition, fellows spend four weeks as a ward attending on the medicine service. This is an invaluable opportunity to improve inpatient teaching skills and has been the highlight of the year for many fellows.

Throughout the year, the clinician-teacher fellows have many opportunities to improve their oratory and writing skills. They create PCC Pre-Clinic Conference materials twice per year, create content for a weekly newsletter, and are in charge of intern’s report and Chief of Medicine Rounds once a month. In addition, the fellows present at the PCC Journal Club and have the opportunity to speak at Chief of Medicine Rounds once during the year. These more formal didactic experiences are the start of an excellent teaching portfolio.

Finally, all successful clinician-teachers take part in scholarly activities such as making contributions to educational websites, developing unique teaching programs, writing review articles or book chapters, and conducting more traditional research projects. We expect that each fellow will complete a scholarly project during the course of the year and we will assist in choosing a project and a mentor. One day each week is set aside to work on the project, in addition to one sabbatical month during which the fellow is excused from most clinical and teaching duties and can spend an in-depth period of time on the scholarly endeavor. Fellows are encouraged to submit an abstract and present their project at the American Federation for Medical Research meeting held in late January each year.

In summary, the clinician-teacher fellowship is designed to refine and broaden teaching and clinical skills while supporting the pursuit of scholarly endeavor. We seek exemplary physicians who wish to develop the necessary skills for a successful academic career.

Curriculum Development/Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Bi-monthly Chief Resident meetings with Dr. Ken Steinberg and Kelli Corning for general residency program development.
  • Participation in the Medicine Residency Advisory Committee and Clinical Competency Committee
  • Opportunity to create/facilitate intern orientation didactics and ambulatory immersion block didactics with Dr. Maryann Overland

Scholarship Opportunities:

  • One full day of protected unstructured scholarly time each week
  • One month of protected “sabbatical” time to develop scholarly project.
  • Project mentoring by Dr. Joyce Wipf, Dr. Ginger Evans, and other excellent VA Faculty.

VA – Inpatient Chief Resident

VA Chief Medical Resident Job Description

The VA chief job is divided into two six-month blocks: an administrative/leadership block of six months devoted to inpatient administration, teaching and patient care and an academic six months with a focus on scholarly work plus some teaching and patient care.

During the administrative block, the chief’s duties include arranging and attending teaching conferences on Monday and Tuesday for the housestaff, in addition to the weekly chief of medicine conference on Wednesdays, pathology conference on Friday, as well as daily morning report and Thursday intern report. Additional administrative duties include reviewing and modifying policies governing student and resident activities, and acting as liaison between admitting officer and housestaff regarding admissions from in-hospital transfers. Teaching activities, in addition to morning report, include medical student teaching rounds two times per week, which are generally a physical exam rounds and a didactic session. Educational opportunities also include a weekly Masters’ Rounds led by Drs. Albert and Redinger. Clinical duties involve supervising resident procedures if necessary as well as an optional once weekly primary care clinic.

During the scholarly block, the chief resident completes scholarly projects designed by each individual chief with the assistance of the chief of medicine. Scholarly activities might include graduate courses on statistics or research methods, doing basic science or clinical research, quality and patient safety activities, and writing review or original research articles. It also includes opportunities to help out with general residency program administrative and teaching opportunities (help organize intern procedure course the following year, volunteer for medical student procedure teaching, etc). Clinically, the chief resident on the scholarly block spends one month as a ward attending split into two week blocks. As above, they also have the opportunity to maintain a weekly primary care clinic. Most CMRs choose to moonlight in the VA ER or in the community to augment their clinical experience provided this work doesn’t interfere with their chiefly duties. The chief resident on the scholarly block provides back up to the administrative chief for vacations, illness or emergency leave.

VA – Quality and Patient Safety

The Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) position will develop future leaders in healthcare service delivery who can improve clinical performance and disseminate knowledge to trainees and staff. At the completion of the one-year experience, the CRQS will graduate with strong experiential and theoretical foundations in quality improvement (QI), patient safety (PS) and healthcare operations.

The experience will entail direct ownership of QI/PS projects and access to QI/PS mentorship throughout the UW system. To support these activities candidates will have structured local and national education opportunities. You will have direct access to operational data and design innovative UW resident curriculum on QI/PS which integrates real time feedback on actual performance. At graduation you will have experience implementing QI projects, educational credentials, and a mentorship network to prepare candidates for leadership positions in health care service delivery.

Personal Development

The CRQS will achieve learning objectives through a mix of formal and experiential learning. Significant proportions of the curriculum will be tailored according to the individual’s development goals.

  • The CRQS will join CRQS’s across the nation to participate in a year-long monthly course series with travel to a 1 week intensive “boot camp” to learn about QI/PS tools;
  • Participation medical center leadership retreats and committees;
  • Benchmarking trips to local healthcare and non-healthcare institutions to explore best practice QI systems and cultures – Boeing production facility, Twitter, Virginia Mason, and Group Health;
  • Participation in Rapid Cycle Improvement Workgroup, leading and managing a QI project, and disseminating best practices via scholarly work.
  • Prior to initiating your Chief year you will have a preparatory series of seminars on critical topics in QI/PS during the final six months of the R3 year with regular meetings to create an individualized development plan and participation in the Block 13 chief resident immersion experience.


Up to thirty percent of the CRQS’s time can be spent in developing and teaching QI/PS curricula for the residency program.

  • Develop and teach sessions in the Health Care Systems Immersion Block Elective and assist residents in designing a QI project;
  • Develop a longitudinal quarterly series of case-based conferences for the residents, to be incorporated into the Resident Teaching Conference curriculum;
  • Lead a monthly noon conference on QI/PS;
  • Work with residents on their Risk Rotation to help them review their own practice performance.


Clinical experience of the healthcare system, while not a focus of the CRQS year, will be required to allow the trainee to have sufficient understanding of the systems he or she wishes to change. We anticipate the CRQS will participate in 1 of 2 core clinical pathways—Hospital Medicine or Primary Care—and each will be tailored to individual goals. Clinical time is intended to hone skills in QI and remain connected to the busy reality of daily clinical operations, not to be a service obligation, and is limited to no more than 20% of overall time and applicants are encouraged to ensure maximum time for work on QI/PS projects.

Naivasha Sub-County Hospital in Kenya

Global Health Chief Resident – Clinical Education Partnership Initiative

The UW Internal Medicine Global Health Chief Resident (GHCR) will lead the Clinical Education Partnership Initiative (CEPI) at the Naivasha County Referral Hospital (NCRH) in Naivasha, Kenya. The position is focused on medical education and based in Kenya for the duration of the year. Responsibilities are diverse, and will include the following:

Education and Curriculum Development

  • Supervising and coordinating residents (R2s and above) from multiple UW departments, and occasionally residents from outside the UW system (previously Swedish and the University of Nebraska) rotating in outpatient and inpatient settings in Naivasha. Currently, we host the Departments of Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Radiology, and Lab Medicine.
  • Supervising University of Nairobi (UoN) residents (R2s and above) rotating in outpatient and inpatient settings in Naivasha and coordinating their partnership with UW residents from a similar department.
  • Supervising Kenyan medical trainees stationed at NCRH with diverse levels of clinical experience (from least to greatest: clinical officer interns - COIs, medical officer interns - MOIs, and medical officers - MOs). The educational focus for COIs and MOIs is on differential diagnosis, problem-based assessments and plans, patient-centered care, and procedures. For MOs it is on clinical leadership and teaching.
  • Supervising senior UW medical students (MS4s) through the Global Health Clinical Elective (GHCE) in the spring on an inpatient sub-internship (in the clinical departments of their choosing) coupled with outpatient experiences.
  • Supervising pre-clinical UW medical students (rising MS2s) through the Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP) in the summer (usually during the Chief transition) in a community health project via one of our local outpatient partners.
  • Organizing Thursday and Friday morning educational conferences (CMEs) for NCRH clinicians and trainees. CMEs rotate weekly between the four major departments at NCRH, and are typically presented by an MOI.
  • Developing and implementing a curriculum for visiting senior residents, based on feedback from UW residents, our UoN resident partners and alumni. Currently, this involves weekly site visits to community-based organizations and a weekly sociocultural context dinner series.
  • In partnership with faculty from the UW School of Nursing, supervising and coordinating senior UW nursing students in quality improvement and community health projects at NSCH and nearby community sites.
  • Coordinating and advertising the monthly Residents and Fellows Global Health Seminar at UW, as well as other global health-related activities and seminars at UW and in Seattle.

Patient Care

  • Rounding and serving as an attending physician on the NCRH Internal Medicine Service. You are free to determine how frequently you round with the clinical teams based on your personal goals for the chief year and the changing needs of the Medicine Service.
  • Serving as an attending physician, consultant, and liaison for NCRH and community clinics, to assist in the evaluation and management of highly complex outpatient medical cases and coordination of care.

Leadership and Administration

  • In advance of each trainee’s rotation, orienting them to the Naivasha Rotation, and facilitating completion of administrative paperwork and acquiring a Kenyan visa.
  • Coordinating in-country ground transportation and lodging for rotating UW and US-based trainees.
  • Ensuring the safety of all trainees, with an emphasis on road traffic safety, crime prevention, and medical hazards in Kenya.
  • 24/7 availability to all trainees in case of emergency, and coordination with the Kenya-based UW on-call emergency team if an incident occurs.
  • CEPI budget management and payment of staff salaries for the resident house cleaning personnel, with monthly reimbursement and budget reconciliation through our CEPI program staff in Nairobi.
  • Working closely with the resident house landlord to fix anything that breaks or malfunctions at the house.
  • Each spring, formulating the next academic year’s resident rotation schedule in collaboration with administrators from the different UW departments.
  • Liaise with the Chief Residents of our partner departments at UoN to advertise the Naivasha rotation and organize the rotation schedule for the UoN residents.
  • Serving as a resource to help rotating trainees find and participate in fun activities in Naivasha and throughout Kenya.
  • Serving as a resource and contact person for UW Internal Medicine Global Health Pathway Residents, as well as other UW residents interested in pursuing global health rotations and careers.
  • Grant writing under the supervision of Dr. Carey Farquhar and other UW faculty from the Departments of Medicine and Global Health to support CEPI initiatives and projects.
  • Working with the UoN/UW Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) team to promote a sustainable clinical training program in other decentralized training sites in Kenya that are being established for UoN medical students and interns.
  • Hosting and coordinating the visits of UW and UoN faculty delegations at NCRH.
  • Organizing a yearly visit of 2 UoN registrars to UW and coordination of their observership with the departments and rotations of their choosing.
  • Travel to Seattle for one week in during the year (preferably December) for CEPI program updates to the administration, leading Naivasha-themed educational conferences, advertising the Naivasha Rotation, and recruiting residency applicants interested in global health.


  • Serving as an emotional support for trainees as they confront the daily frustrations, uncertainty, and social injustice that are pervasive in the Kenyan health system.
  • Coaching trainees on strategies for improving patient care and the function of medical teams amidst the challenges of a resource-limited setting.
  • Developing strategies and formal wellness programs for visiting UW residents and Kenyan trainees.

Position Summary and Prior Experience

The GHCR should have past experience living in a resource-limited setting, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa, with a strong interest in medical education and clinical teaching. The GHCR will be required to work in challenging environments and circumstances, including shortages of medicines and medical equipment, strikes and absenteeism by healthcare workers and support staff, overwhelmingly high patient censuses, power outages, and water shortages – all while adapting the highest clinical standards to a resource-poor environment. The GHCR must be adept at listening to and balancing the interests of numerous Kenyan and American stakeholders, including the hospital administrators and department heads, community leaders, the local Ministry of Health, UW, and UoN. Valuing diplomacy, patience, and compromise to strengthen our local partnerships while remaining firmly committed to the highest standards in clinical care are critical to the success of the Chief Resident and CEPI.

Candidates should be comfortable with using physical exam and history-taking skills to arrive at diagnoses in a setting with limited laboratory and radiologic capacity. He or she will need to become conversant in Kenya National Guidelines, the NCRH pharmacy formulary, and acquire new skills in the standard care and treatment of diseases that are uncommonly encountered in US medical training (such as malaria, extrapulmonary TB, and the sequelae of end stage AIDS) and diseases that are treated differently in Kenya due to resource limitations (such as HIV/AIDS, stroke, and acute MI).

The GHCR must understand the social and economic context of patients and how this affects medical care. The Chief will be the primary role model and leader for UW residents, medical students, nurses, and our Kenyan partners, and will be expected to take on additional responsibilities as necessary to achieve the goals of CEPI.

New CEPI initiatives expected in the near future include long-term projects in quality improvement and community health, development and expansion other departments participating in the CEPI rotation, and further development of an ultrasound and simulation curriculum for internal medicine residents.

The GHCR will be required to be present on-site in Naivasha daily, starting immediately after the conclusion of their R3 year, but with a strong preference for arriving in early to mid-June to overlap with the prior GHCR and facilitate a smooth administrative transition. The ABIM Examination may be taken in London or Istanbul in August of the chief year, although multiple previous chiefs have delayed the examination until after the chief year has ended.