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 was the first dually accredited program in WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho: the states working together since 1977 ((Wyoming joined in 1996)) to deliver medical education in a largely rural region with a great need for physicians.) 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.

Six of the residents are based in Ellensburg for the majority of their training and provide much needed care to a rural population at our Community Health of Central Washington – Ellensburg clinic.  Twenty four residents are based in Yakima for training and provide care to a diverse patient population at our Central Washington Family Medicine Clinic in Yakima.

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, osteopathic manipulation medicine, procedural training and inpatient pediatric and adult medicine.

Residents at the Ellensburg rural site have the opportunity to become valued members of the community through the services of the Federally Qualified Health Center, our resident continuity clinic.  We schedule resident participation in community activities and provide an incentive for volunteerism to promote strong community engagement.