Residents are required to complete two scholarly projects over the course of the residency, one being a mandatory Community Medicine project. Beginning in the R-1 year during their Community Medicine rotation residents will begin working on a community health related project with Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish County Health District. The topic of the second scholarly project is up to the resident, but typically this would be a Quality Improvement project. For example, we will use the Family Practice Inquiries Network (FPIN), where residents can create Help Desk answers. These projects improve patient care by translating research into practice. Also, there are many hospital quality improvement projects that residents can choose to become involved with. An example is the Community Clinical Care Pathways, where hospital and community providers and staff have collaboratively developed standardized clinical pathways for e.g., anemia/blood transfusions, antibiotic guidelines and anticoagulation guidelines.


Every resident will have a faculty member assigned to them to assist and guide them through their scholarly activities. Additionally, we provide all residents with the necessary support resources for scholarly activity. As a member of the University of Washington WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network we have strong scholarly activity support resources. We will also assist residents with finding opportunities to publish and present their findings. Program Director Dr. Greg Sanders has a significant research background, having worked at the National Institutes of Health for two years, as well as spending a year working with Dr. Harold Varmus, a Nobel prize winner in medicine. He is strongly committed to help residents develop scholarly projects of their own.