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 training program. While we have a rich history of informally Behavioral Health training, this program would mirror the complexity of our FM residency. It was an ambitious goal: to be the premier training program for future psychologists in primary care behavioral health. We also wanted to allow our FM residents and health professional students to train alongside our psychology trainees and promote interprofessional education during their formative years.
This past June and September, we welcomed our first cohort of psychology interns and fellow, respectively. Our two interns (Ashley Woods and Lisa Girasa) provide services at CWFM, YP, and Naches, and our fellow (Joanne Bartos) provides services at Ellensburg and Highland. These three inspiring professionals have set a high benchmark for future cohorts!
While Dr. Walberg oversees day to day operations and Drs. Beachy and Olmer oversee the primary supervision of our interns/fellows, our entire BH team including Ortner, Murray, Littrell, and Maxwell have been vital. However, it is our entire organization of staff members, MAs, nurses, pharmacists, residents, APCs and attendings that allows for the mission of CHCW to be fully achieved in this new program. I am truly grateful and appreciative of you all coming with us during this journey.
On January 15th and 19th, we will be hosting our second ever interview days for the psychology internship. If you are around CWFM during lunch either of these days, please, stop by and say hello to our future interns. Your presence will allow applicants to see the mission of service and education is real at CHCW.
David Bauman, PsyD
Director, Behavioral Health Education