Columbia Basin Health Association

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Site Details: 

Othello Community Hospital has 25 inpatient beds with 1280 annual admissions and over 7,000 emergency department visits. Columbia Basin Health Association staffs 3 modern, comprehensive clinics in the region: Othello Family Clinic has over 40,000 outpatient visits per year, 14th Avenue Medical Clinic over 20,000 visits per and Wahluke Family Clinic over 25,000 visits per year.

Satellite Sites: 

Othello Community Hospital, 14th Ave Medical Clinic, and Wahluke Family Medical Center.


Othello is a rural community in central Washington with a population of approximately 6,500. The Columbia Basin Health Association service area is over 29000 residents and over 50% of the patients are better served in a language other than English. Wahluke is a smaller town approximately 40 miles from Othello.

Common Clinic Patients: 

Students will participate in a wide variety of patient care including outpatient and preventative care. Students will also participate in assessing for chronic health conditions, conducting health maintenance visits, obstetrical care and assisting with minor outpatient and surgical procedures. Other opportunities may include shadowing mental health professionals and offering health screenings for children (vision, hearing, anemia, lead and tuberculosis). In addition, students may learn about other programs of the clinics such as osteoporosis care for women and comprehensive care for the elderly. The Othello site offers monthly seminars and staff meetings on specific subjects including 'high-risk care' grand rounds. Teleconferences and webinars are also available to enhance the student's experience. Each student will be given feedback through formal and non-formal feedback process.

On-Call Duties: 

Students will participate in hospital on-call visits. Including obstetrical care. An emergency department experience will occur when the preceptor is on-call with a student.


A one bedroom apartment will be provided. Spouses and partners are welcome. No pets. A car is required.


LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: Students assigned to this site must be fluent in conversational Spanish. All providers and staff also speak English. PATHWAYS: This clerkship fulfills the Hispanic Pathway Core Clerkship Requirement. Visit our official website at: for more information.

Some facts about the weather in Othello

  • On average, the warmest month is July.
  • The highest recorded temperature was 104°F in 2006.
  • The average coolest month is December.
  • The lowest recorded temperature was -16°F in 1996.
  • December is the average wettest month.