Founded in 1974, the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill is one of the pioneering programs in Family Medicine. At its heart our program has a mission and a long tradition of training family doctors to work with underserved, economically disadvantaged, culturally diverse and disenfranchised communities. We provide evidence based, community oriented primary care with an emphasis on OB, Inpatient Medicine and Behavioral Health. The program operates as a partnership between faculty and residents with resident leadership at all levels from curriculum development to residency policies and clinic operations. We believe that empowered residents who fully participate in the design of the program, along with outstanding faculty teaching and mentorship, are the key to preparing graduates to practice in any setting: urban, rural or international, clinical or academic. Our clinics largely serve communities of color. We strongly believe that training physicians of color improves outcomes in communities of color. We are committed to training a diverse cross section of physicians and to providing antiracism training in the program. In addition, we believe in community organizing and extending the influence of physicians beyond the exam room. Our residents work with community organizers throughout their second year of training in order to obtain a basic understanding of the principals of community organizing and they put these principals to work in their third year of training in alliance with community organizations.
The program is comprised of five Seattle clinical training sites and a rural training track (RTT) in Port Angeles, WA which is described separately. Despite this decentralized structure, this is a cohesive program with outstanding resident and faculty morale accomplished by selecting residents and faculty with shared mission and values, enthusiasm for teaching and learning and a commitment to service. Five of our six training sites are Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and the sixth, Swedish Cherry Hill Clinic, is an FQHC look alike. No one is turned away from any of our clinic sites for inability to pay for care. Applicants can apply to one or all of the clinic sites. Each site has its own match number. Each resident completes the same curriculum and rotations regardless of his or her continuity clinic site. We encourage applicants to apply to all of our sites depending on interest and language ability. Residents from all sites work closely together in a number of settings including inpatient medicine, OB and weekly half-day conference. We admit patients to our hospital services from all of our clinic sites ensuring that residents are exposed to a variety of conditions and to a large volume of patients.
Our clinic sites
The original residency clinic site. 14 total residents (12 Seattle based residents plus 2 interns from the RTT who move to Port Angeles, WA in their second year of training). Serves a diverse population.
One of the first Community Heath Centers in the country to affiliate with a residency program. 6 total residents serving a diverse population with a Latino focus. Spanish language skills are required.
6 total residents serving a diverse population with a Native American / Alaska Native focus. The only urban Indian clinic in the US.
6 total residents with a diverse population. Carolyn Downs is affiliated with the oldest Community Health Center in Seattle.
6 residents serving the Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as other underserved communities.
6 total residents in a 1+2 program: residents spend their first year in Seattle before relocating to rural Port Angeles, WA to complete their last two years of training. This program serves a diverse population in a rural setting.
Faculty interests and areas of concentration
Most of our core faculty practice full spectrum Family Medicine including OB. Our program strengths include behavioral science, inpatient medicine, obstetrics, integrative medicine, addiction medicine, reproductive health and sports medicine. We offer Areas of Concentration in sports medicine, international health, addiction medicine, reproductive health, maternal child medicine, rural health, palliative care, HIV medicine and integrative medicine. Areas of Concentration meet all of the requirements of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and include the focused use of elective time, an academic project and usually involve a significant time commitment. These are optional experiences for residents that are completed within the three years of residency.
We offer fourth year fellowship training in Addiction Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Sports Medicine.