May Newsletter 2018

May Newsletter 2018

What are we training new physicians to do?  What were you trained to do as nurse, medical assistance, or IT?  I can pretty much guarantee what you are doing now is different from what you were trained to do.  Yes, there are some similarities, but the jobs we perform in health care are quite different. 25 years ago we were training family medicine residents to write in paper charts, look up information in the library, and in the really...

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April Newsletter 2018

April Newsletter 2018

This past month we matched our 26th class.  What a change over the years.  Some of you around the corporation were not yet conceived when we found out about our first class.  And that first class interviewed in a building (216 N 40th Ave) that had a black tarpaulin ceiling for part of the interview season. Once upon a time we had colder winters with more snow. Our interview season did not involve construction or plastic ceilings, or much snow. ...

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Newsletter February 2018

Newsletter February 2018

Little old Yakima.  It’s nice to live in a quiet city, a bit off the beaten path.  But when we peek under the surface there is much going on. You’d think research would be at a university or college, but research that affects patients’ lives is going on and has been done in our clinics.  Much of this work is slow and takes years to impact practice.  Unlike university based research, our research work almost always has a direct impact on the...

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Newsletter January 2018

Newsletter January 2018

CHCW’s mission of service and education has been a staple from the organization’s inception.  From running a FM residency for 25 years, to welcoming students from a number of medical disciplines, CHCW continues to supply the Yakima community, Washington State, and the nation with the future of primary care. Two years ago this winter, Drs. Maples and Maier and I set out on a journey to bring another formal training program to CHCW: a psychology...

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December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter

It will soon be the darkest day of the year.  Yet it is also the season to give thanks. One of my patients has lost much in his life, but not his optimism.  Last week he noted that as each day goes by this winter we are one day closer to spring.  Optimism for the future. I don’t think we are in dark days, but the health care system is in great flux. Yet CHCW keeps looking toward the future. Don’t we look different in our 25th year. When I...

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How to stave off weight gain this holiday season

How to stave off weight gain this holiday season

By: Ben Keggi, DO Let’s start with some nutrition basics and focus on one of the main ingredients that make up a typical holiday treat: carbohydrates. These are a necessary part of a healthy diet, but eating too much or the wrong kind can cause real health issues. Carbs come in two basic forms; simple and complex. Simple carbs come from things like sugar, starchy foods and white bread. When you eat something that contains a large amount of this...

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