Frequently Asked Questions


Are there any other residency programs here?

CWFMR is an unopposed residency program – this allows residents to receive true full-spectrum training and prepares residents to manage complex and challenging cases.

What are some social events and activities in Yakima?

Yakima is an ideal location for those who enjoy outdoor activities, with very quick, traffic-free access to rock climbing, hikes, rafting, snow sports, and more. There are several festivals throughout the year in the city, including Fresh Hop Ale Fest, A Case of the Blues, and more.

What is the patient population?
Yakima has a population of about 100,000, a majority of which are white or Hispanic, and is a very medically underserved community. This means there is great exposure to complex pathology while also making a real impact in patient’s lives.

Do you have a night float system?

A second year resident works night shifts for two consecutive weeks at a time, while on their inpatient medicine rotation.

What is call like? Do you get any sleep?

Clinic call lasts for one week, and residents are asked to answer patient calls when the clinic is closed (after 5PM until 8AM on weekdays, and all day Saturday & Sunday). On average, residents receive four calls per night, and usually none after midnight.

How many months of call do you have?

First residents are assigned 1-2 weeks of clinic call per year. Second year residents are assigned 2 weeks of clinic call per year. Third year residents are assigned 3 weeks of clinic call per year.

Does the program provide handheld computers?

Yes! Every resident receives a laptop to be used during their entire residency. Laptops are capable of remote access to the EMR.

Is there an intern support group?

There is a biweekly residency support group, which takes place on Mondays.

What kind of teaching and didactics do you receive?

Formal didactics take place every Wednesday from 1-5PM and cover a wide range of important Family Medicine topics. Some didactic time is used for workshops including casting, vaginal repair, & dermatology.

I am interested in research. Are there opportunities for me?

How does obstetrics fit into your curriculum?

Our program places a strong emphasis on obstetrics. There is enough volume to get as many deliveries as you want. Residents have 8 weeks of obstetrics in their first and second year – this includes covering labor and delivery, ultrasound clinic (dating and fetal anatomy ultrasounds), and outpatient OB clinic. Residents are also assigned continuity patients early in their first year, who they will manage in their own clinic.

With several FP-OBs in the practice, you will have the opportunity to manage more high risk, continuity patients as well.

What kind of procedures do you learn?

Residents at CWFM have the opportunity to do a wide array of procedures:

Ultrasounds: OB (1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester), POCUS, MSK; Joint injections; Trigger point injections; Prolotherapy; Trigger finger injections; Tendon sheath injections; Nerve blocks (carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve, occipital neuralgia etc.); Intralesional injections (psoriasis, etc.); Punch, shave, excisional biopsies; Skin lesion destruction; Subcutaneous mass removal; Epidermal inclusion cyst removal; Laceration repairs; Breast cyst aspiration; Colposcopy, cryo/LEEP; Bartholin gland marsupialization; Dilation and suction/curettage; Nexplanon; IUD placement; Vasectomy; Circumcisions ; Tubal ligations; Cesarean sections; Flexible sigmoidoscopy; Rubber band ligation of internal hemorrhoids; Hemorrhoidectomy (external); Spirometry ; ECG; X-ray; Casting/Splinting; Toe nail removal.

Will I learn how to do C-sections?

Residents are first assist on every C-section while covering labor and delivery and have the opportunity to develop their skills to learn how to do as much of a C-section as they want. Some of the core faculty members perform C-sections as well.

Will the residency help my significant other find employment?

They are more than happy to help.

Are meals covered?

While residents are on inpatient services, all meals are covered! There is also catered lunch every Wednesday for didactics.

Do residents and faculty socialize outside of work?

Residents and faculty frequently socialize outside of work – many of the local activities are done together. They also get together to play basketball weekly during the summer, go skiing together in the winter, and have BBQ’s to name a few.

What are the salary and benefits for the residents?

First year residents earn 52,630, second year residents earn 55, 080, and third year residents earn 58, 450. This is fairly equal to most other residencies in the nation, but because the cost of living is much friendlier in Yakima, salaries go a lot further.

$1500 CME funds are provided over three years and can be used for conferences, medical textbooks, subscriptions, or equipment. ACLS, ALSO, & NRP courses are covered. USMLE and COMLEX Step 3 are covered. Limited and Full Washington Medical Licenses are covered. Medical, dental, and vision insurance is also provided. Please see for full benefits.

Do residents have a voice in decision-making?

Residents are frequently asked for feedback and input. Curriculums and rotations are always being revised to improve resident learning, and resident feedback plays a crucial role in these decisions.

Are residents involved in teaching medical students?

Residents are very involved in teaching third and fourth year medical students in all areas of family medicine – outpatient, inpatient, & obstetrics. 3rd year clerkships are available for students from Pacific Northwest University & University of Washington, but 4th year sub-I’s are open to all students. Please visit to apply

Are residents allowed to do away electives?

Yes! Residents may use one of their third year electives to do an away rotation, which may also be international. Residents have done rotations in Guam, Malawi and India to name a few.