Medical Student Opportunities in Ellensburg

The Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program – Ellensburg Site offers a variety of rotations for students: Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program students for the University of Washington School of Medicine; fourth year sub-internships for students from U.S. medical schools; and clinical training for nurse practitioner, physician assistant, nursing, medical assistant and doctor of pharmacy students. Job shadow opportunities are available for local high school and college students.

Third Year Clerkship

We are 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. A typical experience includes outpatient clinics in our family medicine clinic. All Third Year Clerkships are encouraged to shadow and participate with CHCW Providers when hey have deliveries at Kittitas Valley Healthcare.

cwfmr active partners - uw and pnwu

Ellensburg’s Rural Site Fourth Year Sub-Internship

CWFM-R Ellensburg Rural Site’s sub-internship (advanced fourth year elective) in family medicine is a four-week block rotation for fourth year students from U.S. LCME and Osteopathic 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 Yakima Valley Memorial, and two weeks in our Ellensburg Family Medicine Clinic. Due to COVID, all four weeks are in our Ellensburg Family Medicine Clinic. We hope to get Sub-Interns back in inpatient as soon as possible. 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.


Other Student Experiences

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.