February 14, 2017
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We recently finished interviewing, another milestone on our path to welcoming our first residency class. It was good to meet all of the interviewees, hearing your life stories and ambitions. Many of you matched our goals which include recruiting a group of pioneers, willing to contribute to the development of a great program. Those who indicated a desire to train in a community health center and in a large unopposed community hospital are in sync with our recruitment goals. As many of you heard, we are looking for residents interested in careers working full spectrum in either CHCs, underserved or rural environments. We support underrepresented minorities. Our four dedicated Family Medicine faculty will closely help you navigate your internship year (and subsequent years).
We continue to fine tune our curriculum, including integrating longitudinal underserved curriculum in the rotations. We look forward to a robust month of orientation. If you have a significant other, we want to help make them feel comfortable with us, and with their move to this area. We will meet individually with you and review your residency and career goals. You will have the opportunity to take a mock ABFM in-training exam to help customize your learning for passing boards after residency. We will review the ACGME residency policies, and our own congruent policies. This includes reviewing the residency manual. You will get to know Sea Mar, our clinics, the community and the hospital. You will learn our EHR and even start seeing some patients. Also, we will have some fun, getting to know each other. This will include a couple of day retreats. We will also have workshops, simulations and case based didactics, all hands on learning.
At the hospital, you will learn the various regulations, guidelines as well as explore the wards. There is a robust High Reliability training session, where you will become proficient in safety methodology, including expressing concerns and 1:1 patient handoffs. Also, we will certify/recertify in ACLS, and other relevant emergency trainings.
After orientation, you will begin your 4 week block rotations, which are primarily at Providence. Typically, there will be one half day of clinic at Sea Mar, as well. Also, the weekly block didactics will be Wednesday afternoons.
Thanks to the many applicants who applied here, and to the applicants that we interviewed, we appreciate your interest in the program. We know it is a competitive atmosphere, and everyone that we interviewed will do well in whatever program they match in. I wish we had room for more than six residents, given the quality and aspirations shown and expressed by many of you. Thanks for taking the time and effort to visit us!