We are a well established program, heading into our 5th year. Our graduates have told us they received good training, preparing them well for their careers. We have expanded to ten interns this year and going forward.
Sea Mar Mar Marysville is 45 minutes north of Seattle, in beautiful Snohomish County. Besides Marysville, we now have residents in Everett and Lynnwood Sea Mar clinics. 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, not the hospital. 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 residency there is a new IM program, sponsored by Washington State University, with a mission in training internests to work in rural and underserved careers. We will share some didactics, and there is no conflicting overlap with their program.
We want 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 family 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 6 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.
We also have an OB Fellowship, which is entering the second year. Our first Fellows are graduating with 100 caesarian sections and feel well trained in high risk OB care. Our faculty is strong in myriad areas, including: procedures, research, OB, POCUS, OMT, fetal anatomy scans. Three of our faculty have done OB Fellowships, and do cesareans. Also, we have 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, Google and Starbucks.
Our founding Program Director, Greg Sanders, is retiring after 30 years with Sea Mar. We are fortunate to have Pat Gemperline, our senior Associate Program Director, assume Greg’s role. Pat has also been with Sea Mar for his whole career. He was the Swedish Cherry Hill Sea Mar Seattle Residency Site Director for many years, until joining our residency as the Associate Program Director, in 2019. His experience in family medicine residency leadership is making the PD change seamless.