The clerkship is operated in three private practice clinics that are affiliated with the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center (WVCMC), a specialty center located in Wenatchee. The practice provides a new, cooperative model of health care delivery: family practitioners provide the primary care for the community and WVMC provides specialist referral and consultation services in Omak and Tonasket.
Omak is a small community of 7,000. The principle economic base of the area is lumber, tourism, and agriculture. Hospital care is provided in Mid Valley Hospital, a 37 bed, level 2 facility. Services include full OB, coronary care, intensive care and nuclear medicine. The clinic serves patients from all of Okanogan County which has a population of 40,000.
The clerkship coordinator in Omak is Dr. Robert “Rob” Weston. He is responsible for student scheduling and administration as well as precepting students. Other physicians who participate in student teaching are Drs. Robert Justus, Beth Avena, Michael Bordner, & William “Bill” Errico - all family practitioners. The clerkship coordinator in Tonasket/Oroville is Drs. Jim Helleson, Dave Stangland, Doug Wilson, Paul Lacey and Heather Stortz also participate in teaching.
Wenatchee Valley Clinic
Omak is a small community of 5,000. The principle economic base of the area is lumber, tourism, and agriculture.
On evenings and weekends when your primary preceptor is on call, you will also be on call. The schedule for call is at least once a week and two weekends per month.
Both Tonasket and Oroville are towns of approximately 1000 people. They have similar economic base as Omak-though Oroville has a large employment base at the Canadian port of entry. Tonasket is 22 miles north of Omak and Oroville is 16 miles north of Tonasket. Oroville is located on the US/Canadian Border. Hospital care for both communities is provided by North Valley Hospital, a 15 bed hospital. Services include, Obstetrics including surgical obstetrics, inpatient adult and pediatric medicine, progressive care and radiology.
Two-bedroom apartment with all necessities. No Pets. Spouses and families can be accommodated with advance notice. Laundry available on site. No pets. Car required. Bicycle is helpful as well.
Some facts about the weather in Omak
- On average, the warmest month is July.
- The highest recorded temperature was 109°F in 1939.
- December is the average coolest month.
- The lowest recorded temperature was -26°F in 1950.
- December is the average wettest month.
last update 12/2014