Newsletter April 2017

Newsletter April 2017

As our coaches with Ignite note, change is inevitable.  Over the next year we hope to hire several new providers, a good change.  In the past, every physician hired in Ellensburg and at CWFM was a core faculty member. Historically, CHCW was one clinic and all the providers were essentially the same.  The family physicians all did OB and precepted residents in clinic.  Dr Pearson and the family docs all took call and covered the hospital. ...

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March 2017

March 2017

Some of you may love it, but some of you may not, and find politics distasteful.  We all complain ‘they’, the politicians, don’t seem to get anything done, and our disinterest in the political process is easily measured in primary and general election turnouts.  When more than 50% of the registered voters vote, we call it a resounding success.  A 25% turnout in a primary is accepted.  Not too many wring their hands at these numbers. ...

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Newsletter – January 2017

Newsletter – January 2017

Happy New Year! One thing is certain in this New Year, and that’s change.  This year one of the changes will be the evolving faculty roles.  I’ve written before about round pegs in round holes – meaning all the faculty were family physicians at one site and they all did the same work – clinic, precepting residents, OB and Medicine call in the hospital, and curricular work.  Any physician could fill for another physician. Historically...

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Newsletter November 2016

Newsletter November 2016

Each year I give an annual update to our medical staff. I cover some of the highlights of our past year, and a preview of changes for next year. Here is a synopsis of what I’ll present. Our residency program is going strong, with full accreditation from the ACGME and, new this year, Osteopathic Recognition. At this point in time we have trained and graduated 138 physicians. One core areas of service include our inpatient family medicine...

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Newsletter October 2016

Newsletter October 2016

The benefits of being an educational organization are sometimes surprising. Certainly we produce new physicians, train other health professionals, and benefit from the increased access to care these trainees provide. But we, the clinic community, benefit in other ways. To teach others, we must be on our game. And virtually every day I learn something new from our residents and students. But there are other, more intangible benefits. For example,...

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Newsletter September 2016

Newsletter September 2016

There are many things that come to mind when one thinks about CHCW’s residency education.  Providing an integral piece of our service mission may not be one those.  When we look across our sites, all are touched by our learners, from Naches to Yakima to Ellensburg, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and at our dental clinic. Our residents and dental students provide care which increases our access and reach in the clinic and in the...

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