Newsletter February 2018

Posted on January 31, 2018 in Monthly Newsletters


Russell Maier – Residency Program Director

Little old Yakima.  It’s nice to live in a quiet city, a bit off the beaten path.  But when we peek under the surface there is much going on.

You’d think research would be at a university or college, but research that affects patients’ lives is going on and has been done in our clinics.  Much of this work is slow and takes years to impact practice.  Unlike university based research, our research work almost always has a direct impact on the care of patients.

Among the faculty there are several completed and ongoing research projects.  Dr Stephen Pearson has spent a career doing practice based office research. He works with the American Academy of Pediatrics on the Pediatric Research in Office Settings or PROS.  About two decades ago Dr Pearson, along with colleagues from around the nation, began looking at the accuracy of a device for measuring endocrinologic issues with boys.  The device being used had not been checked in typical office settings and no one had calibrated it with a modern population.  Over a decade Dr Pearson and his colleagues gathered data that were used in several major publications that changed the way care is delivered.  Along the way Dr Pearson has served as the national chair of PROS and continues to do research work at CWFM.

Integrated Behavioral Health Care is an area where we lead the nation, yet there is little data on such care.  Dr’s Vigil, Bauman, and Beachy, working collaboratively with Pacific Northwest University, have been looking at just one element of that care – the warm handoff.  You’d think it simple, but finding common language that allows a study to be done turned out to be the first  hurdle.  Drs Vigil and Bauman are members of the WWAMI Practice Based Research Network that specializes in practice based research.

Everything you do at CHCW it allows us to see patients.  Seeing patients is service.  Learning about patients in education.  So the next time you’re checking in a patient, scheduling, rooming, or billing, just think that the work you are doing will change the way medicine is delivered. Our mission of service and education fits together in unexpected ways.