History and Structure

The University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program was established in 1972. The Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program is J. Mark Beard, MD. As of July 2013, 275 residents have graduated from the program, the majority of whom practice in Washington State.

Members of the Residency Faculty are deeply involved in resident education, and nearly all physician faculty in the Department participate in resident education by precepting in one of the two Family Medical Centers (FMCs) and attending with the residents on the Family Medicine inpatient service at the University of Washington Medical Center. Judith Pauwels, MD, is the Chief of Family Medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center. Our larger clinic at the University of Washington Neighborhood Clinic – Northgate FMC is led by Matt Jaffy, MD. In 1997, the Residency added a Harborview Medical Center satellite. Frederick Chen, MD, MPH, is Chief of Family Medicine at Harborview and Jane Huntington, MD, serves in the role of HMC Family Medicine Clinic Medical Director.

UW Family Medicine Residency Mission

The University of Washington Family Medicine Residency trains physicians in full-spectrum care, scholarship and leadership, using innovative educational and clinical designs to serve patients, families and diverse communities.

We are a university-based educational organization dedicated to training excellent family physicians to meet the needs of urban, suburban and rural practices, and to developing future leaders and academic faculty in our specialty.

To achieve these goals, we are committed to active clinical practices that serve diverse populations of patients, and to a spirit of inquiry and collegial sharing.


  • Diverse faculty
  • Linkages with medical school, research, other academic departments
  • Multiple opportunities
    • Public health/Health advocacy
    • Medical management
    • Medical Student education
    • Scholarly activity
  • Collaboratively working with other specialties
  • Development of lasting professional relationships
  • Excellent teaching and educational opportunities

Serving Diverse Populations

  • Harborview FMC:
    • Urban underserved in central Seattle
    • Culturally and ethnically diverse
    • >50% interpreted visits
    • Wide spectrum of international, ethnic and cultural groups
    • Many homeless
    • Many refugee groups
  • UW Neighborhood Clinic – Northgate FMC:
    • Northgate neighborhood
    • >10% interpreted visits
    • 30% of patients from other cultures
    • 27% of patients from underserved communities
    • Wide spectrum of ages and payor types
    • Wide economic diversity from uninsured to well-insured

Sharing a Spirit of Inquiry and Collegiality

  • Mutual professional respect
  • Resident involvement and participation in residency program administration
  • Collaborative scholarly projects
  • Resident initiatives