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Mission, Vision and Educational Goals

Our mission

We train Family Physicians to be compassionate leaders of multidisciplinary teams providing full-spectrum, evidence-based care in remote settings and areas with varied levels of resources.

Our vision

To be recognized nationally as a program with commitment to patient-centered, evidence-based, service-oriented family medicine using innovative training methods for patient care.

Educational goals

We train family physicians to:

I. Provide comprehensive care for patients with a broad range of medical conditions across the spectrum of acute illness, chronic illness and preventive health planning

II. Provide individualized, compassionate care for underserved populations within the Pacific Northwest

III. Lead multidisciplinary teams within the Patient-centered Medical Home in rural and underserved areas of the Pacific Northwest

IV. Communicate efficiently and compassionately during patient, family and community encounters

V. Use leading-edge technology for the benefit of their patients and their communities

VI. Be effective and efficient lifelong learners

VII. Assume medical leadership and community services roles in local communities, in the Pacific Northwest, and in the nation

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

With half of our residents being osteopathic physicians, we have made great strides in bringing osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) into our everyday clinic.

  1. Twice monthly we have a dedicated OMT clinic with built-in time to learn from each other and treatment approaches for the upcoming patients.
  2. Every other month we have two-hour sessions for ALL of our residents and faculty to participate in hands-on treatment techniques, as well as additional didactic time to review treatments learned at the last session.
  3. Our osteopathic physicians can treat patients with OMT during their own continuity clinics, as well.

Our goal is to ensure that our osteopathic residents feel supported and have plenty of opportunities to refresh and hone their skills, and for the allopathic residents who are interested, to learn essential techniques for common presentations.

Social Justice: The JEDI Curriculum – Justice | Equity | Diversity | Inclusion

Our residency is committed to the pursuit of social justice and we seek to honor the unique attributes of all people. We developed the Social Justice Curriculum to recognize that each of us brings our unique attributes, perspectives, and experiences to each patient we see. We also bring our own areas of ignorance, blindness and bias. No single individual can claim expertise in all aspects of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; therefore this curriculum embraces a flipped classroom model of education and encourages every resident, faculty physician, and staff member to both learn AND teach.

Focus areas include

Yearly events:

  • Implicit bias training
  • Personality testing
  • Social determinants of health
  • Team leadership and group dynamics

1-2 hour sessions during didactics:

  • Kitsap demographics and epidemiology
  • Equity vs. equality
  • Intersectionality
  • Trans community issues
  • LGBTQI+ issues
  • Tribal communities
  • Race
  • Gender