Ellensburg Rural Site

Ellensburg Program Overview


The Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program (CWFMR) is a 30 resident family medicine residency program and provides a rich learning experience.

Learn, serve, enjoy!

CWFMR has been dually accredited since 2005, the oldest dually accredited program in WWAMI. For years our osteopathic residents have graduated, and will graduate, with dual board certification.  As such, we’ve always been on the forefront of osteopathic education, and lead the way in Washington State being the first program with ACGME accreditation and Osteopathic Recognition.

24 of the residents are based in Yakima for training and provide care to a diverse patient population at our Central Washington Family Medicine Clinic in Yakima. The remaining 6 residents are Ellensburg based for a large part of their training and provide much needed care to a more rural population.

Community Health of Central Washington, the program’s sponsor is a funded Teaching Health Center. As such residents learn to provide community based comprehensive and continuous ambulatory care to medically under-served patients representative of the cultural, socio-economic and demographic diversity of Central Washington. The program provides full spectrum Family Medicine training including OB, integrated behavioral health, centering pregnancy, osteopathic manipulation medicine, procedural training and inpatient pediatric and adult medicine.

Scholarly activity at CWFM-R includes a longitudinal quality improvement project during each of the three years of residency. This gives residents a chance to work together and learn about the systems they work in, how it may not be optimal for patient care, and how to make meaningful changes that improve the care of their patients.  Other scholarly activities include behavioral health and community health based research with opportunities to help conduct research, write and present findings, and collaborate with teams from across the WWAMI region.


The program is committed to academic excellence as demonstrated by its affiliation with the nation’s #1 ranked University of Washington Department of Family Medicine and one of the newest osteopathic medical schools, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. Community physicians provide and teach state-of-the-art medicine in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.

In keeping with the Teaching Health Center’s mission of improving access to health care, the program recruits a diverse group of self-directed learners interested in working with rural and under-served populations. Our program is committed to the development of the pluripotent stem cell physician.

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