Frequently Asked Questions

  • Did your hospital name change?

    In November 2020, Harrison Medical Center’s two campuses merged. The new name for this single facility is St. Michael Medical Center. There has been no change in ownership, leadership or residency sponsorship related to this change. Our parent organization felt the new name was more fitting, given St. Michael is considered a champion of justice, a healer of the sick, and the guardian of the Church.

  • What procedures will you teach residents?

    We have faculty who perform a variety of procedures, including: minor skin procedures (biopsies, excisions, cryotherapy); colposcopy & cervical biopsy; intrauterine device placement/removal; endometrial biopsy; vasectomy; Nexplanon placement/removal; first trimester obstetric ultrasound; and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). Elective time is available to train in procedures not performed within our Family Medicine practice.

  • If your parent organization is CommonSpirit Health, will there be limits on women’s health and reproductive services?

    No. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s St. Michael Medical Center retains its secular status and offers a wide spectrum of reproductive health services.

  • Will I have an opportunity to do “away” rotations?

    Yes, within the limits placed upon us by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Usually, one 4-week elective in the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years is available for “away” rotations. Limitations on time away are in place to maintain continuity within the Family Medicine practice.

  • Will you accept applications from international medical graduates?

    Yes. Graduates from recognized international schools are welcome to apply so long as they have satisfied ECFMG requirements. As of this time, however, we are not equipped to offer visa sponsorship. All international medical graduates applying must be United States citizens or permanent residents to be considered.

  • Are there rotations at hospitals other than Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s St. Michael Medical Center?

    Yes. To ensure appropriate acuity of pediatric training cases, a four-week Hospital Medicine rotation and a four-week Emergency Medicine rotation are scheduled at Seattle Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years respectively. Housing arrangements will be provided so travel to and from Bremerton isn’t necessary on a daily basis.

  • What is your program looking for in a resident?

    We are looking for residents who are hardworking, adventurous, and willing to help the faculty, hospital and community create a superior residency program. The first few classes have been instrumental in shaping curricular and administrative changes by providing real-time feedback to program faculty and administrators. Additionally the first classes set the standard for interaction with community preceptors and have provided leadership for subsequent future classes.

  • What is the schedule for didactic presentations?

    Each Thursday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. is dedicated to didactic instruction. Content area lecture presentations, procedural training workshops, practice management activities, board review sessions, and maintenance of certification activities will be provided during these sessions. Faculty will review periodically the available topics and tailor them to residents’ needs.

  • Are there high-quality schools in the area for my children?

    The region surrounding Bremerton has several public school districts including the BremertonNorth KitsapCentral Kitsap and South Kitsap school districts.

    Learn more about all that Bremerton has to offer at the City of Bremerton website.

  • Does your program have a maximum time since medical school graduation after which you will not consider applicants?

    We do not review applicants who are greater than 2 years from their medical school graduation date.

  • Does your program have a “minimum passing score” for USMLE/NBOME tests?

    If applicants have passed the appropriate examinations (USMLE or NBOME), we do not exclude based upon an arbitrary score cutoff.

  • Will your program consider applicants who have failed USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, or Step 2 CS?

    Board scores are an important indicator of knowledge, but we recognize there are sometimes factors other than knowledge/intelligence that affect testing performance. We will consider applicants who 1) have failed no more than one attempt on each Step Exam and 2) have failed no more than two times total. Applicants with three or more unsuccessful attempts in any combination will not be considered.

  • Does your program have specific requirements for Letters of Recommendation?

    We request no fewer than three Letters of Recommendation. Letters should reflect a physician’s interpretation of your ability to function as a resident physician. Personalized letters reflecting a long-term association are always valued highly. At least one (1) Letter of Recommendation should be from a Family Physician.

    If you did not find the answer to your question here or in the additional Frequently Asked Questions, feel free to contact us.

  • Will your program offer in-person interviews during the 2020-2021 season?

    Likely no. We are waiting on the final recommendations from most major academic medical organizations, if so, all our interviews for internship slots this year will be virtual. It is our hope that enhancing this website and broadening our social media presence will provide applicants with a feel for what life would be like here at Northwest Family Medicine Residency.

  • Will your program consider me if I haven’t completed Step 2 CS or Comlex Level 2 PE?

    We DO require everyone to have passed Step 2 CK or Comlex Level 2 CE prior to the rank deadline in February. Step 2 CS has been discontinued by the USMLE for MD's. We are committed to providing time in the PGY-1 year to allow for completion of Comlex Level 2 PE ( if necessary) or be eligible to take Comlex Level 3 through one of the Temporary Eligibility pathways.

  • Are there opportunities for medical students?

    We offer rotations for third and fourth year U.S. medical students in 4 or 6 week increments. If interested, email Jenn Rickmar for more information.