The Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program offers a variety of rotations for students: required family medicine clerkships for the University of Washington School of Medicine and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences; fourth year sub-internships for students from U.S. medical schools; and clinical training for pediatric dental residents, physician assistant, nursing and doctor of pharmacy students. Job shadow opportunities are available for local high school and college students.
The Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program is pleased to be an active partner with both the University of Washington School of Medicine and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in providing excellent medical education through required third year clerkships in family medicine. For detailed information, visit the UW clerkship website or the PNWU website.
CWFMR-Ellensburg’s sub-internship (advanced fourth year elective) in family medicine is a four-week block rotation for fourth year students from U.S. LCME or COCA accredited medical schools.
The sub-internship provides exposure to the clinic, the hospitals, and the community, emphasizing continuity of care and exposure to the common problems which present in the family medicine clinic. A typical experience includes inpatient shift work, morning and evening sign out, and teaching rounds with the Family Medicine Service. The time is divided with one week of service in Ellensburg at Kittitas Valley Healthcare, one week at the Yakima hospitals Virginia Mason Memorial and Astria Regional Medical and Cardiac Center, and two weeks in our Ellensburg family medicine clinic. On the inpatient service, students are given primary responsibility for one to three patients depending on service volume and the acuity of patient illness.
Students attend residency didactics which include hands on procedural workshops and lectures. Students also attend M&M case presentations, Kittitas County Medical Society meetings, and other relevant local events.
Community Health of Central Washington offers opportunities for other students such as job shadowing for high school and college students and clinical rotations for physician assistant and other ancillary service students.
We are thankful that our patients recognize the importance of these learning opportunities and allow student participation during patient visits.