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Internal Medicine: St. Joseph Medical Center Residency

Program Director Welcome

Welcome to the Virginia Mason Franciscan Health – St. Joseph Internal Medicine Residency Program! I am so honored you’re here to learn more about our program. Deciding where to spend 3 years of internal medicine training is a big decision, and one that will help shape you not only as a physician, but also as a person. Our core values lie not only in training you to become the best physician you can be, but also to invest in you as a person, and to inspire you to become a leader who will help shape health care in whichever career path you choose.

Our mission statement is simple: "The St. Joseph Internal Medicine Residency exists to serve the greater Tacoma area through the recruitment of highly motivated individuals, develop physicians who are lifelong learners through a rigorous and meaningful residency experience, and to graduate residents who will change the world through a life of service and leadership." Each initiative we participate in will help to further this mission statement and remind us of our purpose.

We feel this mission is accomplished through the following strategies:

  • Expand access to quality primary care in Tacoma, Wash.
  • Instill a joy for medicine and promote the concept of lifelong learning
  • Instruct learners through demanding didactics while maintaining a patient-centered mindset
  • Learn and understand factors which lead to high health care costs
  • Provide regular resilience training to emphasize wellness in medicine
  • Graduate residents who will educate and inspire the next generation of physicians

One of the questions you might be thinking is, “what does a new program have to offer me?” I’m glad you asked! While our program may be new, I have been educating internal medicine residents for 10 years preparing for this moment. Please check out my bio. I assure you the plans are in place for a program you will be proud to be part of. Here are three of the most important aspects about being in a new residency:

  1. Foundation: It’s an incredible opportunity to have the ability to be founding members of building a residency foundation. We will be relentless in pursuing our mission statement, but we recognize there are many ways to achieve our goals. As a resident, you will help build the strongest of foundations for all who follow.
     
  2. Quality Improvement: While most residencies have been in education for decades or longer, you will have the opportunity to identify and engage in process improvement to better the hospital and residency program at large.
     
  3. Culture and Legacy: Shared beliefs, achievements, and ways of life are what define a culture. As new residents in a new program, you will have the opportunity to create and perfect the culture of this program. Your experiences will shape, prepare, and improve the residency life of all who come after you, leaving a legacy of excellence for others to build on.

For the majority of your training, you will be at the St. Joseph Medical Center, a 374-bed hospital located in the heart of Tacoma, Wash., complete with a level II trauma center and cancer center. We are also an accredited heart failure institute and designated comprehensive stroke center. In short, we have everything you need for a robust training experience.

I know that choosing a residency is a big decision, and the decision goes beyond where you want to train – it also includes who you spend the next 3 years with. I hope it is with me. I hope it is with us. I am confident spending your residency at our program will challenge and inspire you to be the best version of yourself.

I cannot wait to share more with you, and genuinely hope you join us on this incredible journey.   

Joey Parker, DO, FACP

Joey Parker, DO, FACP
Program Director, St. Joseph Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency