Newsletter March 2018

Newsletter March 2018

One year ago this month I wrote about politics.  Many of us note that some things never seem to change; one of those being Congress doesn’t get anything done.  Funding for 40% of the residency was, note the past tense, one of those issues.  I wrote last March that as distasteful as politics may be to some, it is vital in a democracy to remain engaged.  At CHCW we did remain engaged, and optimistic.  Optimistic as training new family physicians...

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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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November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter

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 with Osteopathic Recognition.  At this point in time we have trained and graduated 148 physicians. One core areas of service include our inpatient family medicine service, which...

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Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter October 2017

Since September we’ve added Carlin Miller, DO; Caitlin Hill, MD; and Midhuna Papazian, MD.  Dr. Miller, one of our graduates, is working as a modern day generalist.  He provides services for Senior Care one day a week, and the remainder of his time he works in the clinic, teaching residents, and delivering obstetrical and medical care in the hospital.  He started in early September.   Dr.’s Hill and Papazian have recently finished high risk...

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