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Community health: A new approach to pain

Posted on September 29, 2017 in Program News

By Andrew DeGiorgio Suppose you are one of the approximately 100 million Americans with chronic pain. You go to see your doctor and, in the course of the visit, he or she starts asking you questions about your mood, your sleep, and about whether you smoke. The doctor introduces you to a behavioral health professional to work on ways to cope with the anxiety that has been weighing on you in the last year. That same behavioralist wants to see you back for pain classes to talk about biology and how we think about pain. In the meantime, you and...

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September 2017 Newsletter

Posted on September 5, 2017 in Monthly Newsletters, Program News

September 2017 Newsletter

Family Medicine Residents Contribute to the Community The second year medical residents recently completed a one-month Community Medicine rotation. This rotation focuses on resident community and cultural immersion in Central Washington to promote culturally-sensitive healthcare and community collaboration and activism. Part of the rotation experience included work on community improvement projects. Drs. Aldaw, Foster, Ish-Shalom and Turner investigated differences in HPV vaccination rates at five WA clinics (Figure 1). Overall, vaccination...

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Newsletter Aug 2017

Posted on August 8, 2017 in Program News

Newsletter Aug 2017

Service and Education.  All of us came through an educational system to end up where we are.  As a learner, we don’t often let our teachers know about their impact on us.  Last week I received a letter from a Peace Corps volunteer I met briefly in Togo, West Africa 4 years ago.  Now she is in medical school and wrote to let me know how that brief encounter led to a career change and entry into medical school. You all have these impactful interactions every day with the staff at CHCW. Dr Udell, who directs our medical student rotations,...

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