Our program is now three years old, graduating our first class, and we are expanding! Sea Mar Marysville is 45 minutes north of Seattle, in beautiful Snohomish County. Our mission is to train family physicians for full spectrum careers working with the underserved. Our FQHC Community Health Center is the sponsor of the program. We have an ethnically diverse patient mix, including a significant Latino population. We are affiliated with the University of Washington WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network.
Residents have their inpatient training at the nearby Providence Regional Medical Center Everett (PRMCE). This is a large community hospital, with 571 beds, 4,500 deliveries annually, and the busiest emergency room in the state. We are the first residency there. The only other future program will be an IM residency, slated to open in 2021. As our inpatient family medicine service grows, we are decreasing our IM rotations.
We are looking for residents who are interested in a career in underserved medicine such as FQHC/CHCs and rural work environments. We offer an excellent hospital training experience, especially in obstetrics and inpatient medicine. There has been a trend for Family Physicians to do only ambulatory medicine, but we are committed to training our residents to practice full-spectrum Family Medicine with emphasis on Inpatient medicine skills and Family medicine with OB skills. Note our residents graduate with well over one hundred deliveries and many cesarean assists.
Highlights of our curriculum include a month of orientation, a community medicine rotation, a second year behavioral health rotation where the residents “get back together” mid residency, 3 emergency medicine rotations, 6 obstetrical rotations and many inpatient family medicine rotations. We support an international rotation and we have faculty to support those experiences. Our didactics are interactive each Wednesday afternoon. These sessions include simulation labs, OMM training, POCUS, OB ultrasound, Strong sports medicine and hepatitis C care training. Our program also features a longitudinally integrated health equity curriculum and MAT training.
In 2020, we have eight interns, increasing to ten in 2021, with an OB Fellowship beginning in 2020. This expansion includes locating a few of our residents and faculty at the Sea Mar Everett CHC location and eventually in our Lynnwood clinic site. Our faculty already strong in research, OB, POCUS, OMM have expanded to accommodate this residency growth. We have added four new family physicians with expertise in OB (fellowship trained), fetal anatomy scans, LEEP, including a family medicine hospitalist.
Snohomish County is a great place to live, located between Puget Sound and the majestic Cascade mountain range, with a variety of terrain from sea level to over 10,000 feet in altitude. Ferries near Everett take you to beautiful Whidbey Island. In terms of city life, we are close to Seattle, and less than two hours from Vancouver, B.C. Living choices are urban, suburban and rural. Large employers in the immediate area include Boeing (which makes jets, including the Dreamliner) and the Everett Naval Base. The Seattle area offers an even wider range of employment options for partners and spouses, including Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks.
— Greg Sanders, MD