How do interviews and match work when you have 5 SEATTLE clinic sites with 5 rank numbers and an RTT?
Swedish Cherry Hill is one residency program with five unique Seattle training sites and an RTT. These sites are the outpatient continuity clinics that together make up the residency. The curriculum is the same for Seattle based residents no matter what clinic site serves as your continuity clinic. Many residencies with multiple sites have you apply to the general residency and will assign you to a particular clinic once you have matched. Since each of our clinics has distinct patient populations and attributes, we want residents who feel a connection with a particular site to be able to independently rank their choices. For this reason, applicants can apply to each clinic site individually. In addition, the RTT has its own rank number and a separate interview process.
How does this work in practice? When you’re applying to the Swedish Cherry Hill residency through ERAS, you can choose to apply to any or all of the clinic sites. We encourage you to apply to all of the clinic sites that interest you. No matter what sites you apply to initially, you will tour all of the Seattle sites on your interview day. If you fall in love with a site you didn’t apply to initially, it’s not too late! You can apply to any of the sites that you like even after your tour and interviews. It always remains your choice which sites to rank and in what order. It is important to know that the Sea Mar clinic is specifically looking for Spanish speaking applicants. If you do not speak any Spanish, you may choose not to apply to this site. Like any residency program you visit, after you interview, you can decide if you want to rank all of our clinics, a few clinics, or only the one that really appealed to you.
We encourage you to apply to all of our clinics before you interview (see Seamar above) so that we can better serve you on interview day.
What are the strong points of the residency?
Commitment to the underserved
Emphasis and training in racial justice
Full spectrum FM emphasizing inpatient medicine, OB and behavioral health
Community organizing taught by community organizers
Faculty expertise and tenure
90% of recent graduates enter careers in academic medicine or safety net clinic settings
No patients turned away from any of our clinics for the inability to pay
Areas Of Concentration (AOCs) allow tailoring training to meet resident needs: Addiction Medicine, HIV Medicine, International Health, Integrative Medicine, Maternal and Child Health, Palliative Care, Reproductive Health, Rural Health, Sports Medicine.
Fellowships: Addiction Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Sports Medicine
International rotations - all expenses paid
Support for scholarly work: Travel, accommodation and registration fees paid for residents presenting at conferences
Affiliation with the University of Washington (UW) and the UW FM Residency Network - we are the largest residency program in the largest FM residency network in US
Taught to teach: All core faculty complete the UW Faculty Development Fellowship
What is new and innovative at the residency?
Anti-racism training and Race in Medicine curriculum series
Areas of Concentration allow tailored education and provide specialty level expertise
Culinary Medicine curriculum - nutrition taught in a teaching kitchen
Group visits, including Centering Pregnancy at the Cherry Hill clinic
Longitudinal and Core curriculum in Community Medicine
High risk drop-in OB clinic for pregnant women with chemical dependency
Addiction medicine training with required addiction medicine rotation
Low barrier buprenorphine clinic at Cherry Hill clinic
Reproductive Health training
Integrative Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Sports Medicine fellowships
Opportunities to work with primary care HIV
Ski patrol with faculty
What makes you different from other Pacific NW Family Medicine Residency Programs?
One of the founding programs in Family Medicine
Largest program in five state University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network: 42 residents across six training sites
Commitment to diversity
Commitment to reproductive health training
Areas of Concentration and Fellowships provide expertise and allow individualized training
Entire residency focus on underserved medicine, whether urban, rural or global
Emphasis on community outreach and community organizing
Unified inpatient service involving residents from all five Seattle sites
Rural Training Track
Integrated inpatient service providing adult, pediatric & OB care to culturally diverse patients
FQHC’s-four of five Seattle clinics are federally qualified community health centers
Location - situated in Seattle WA - an exciting urban center
RTT location- Port Angeles voted one of 10 best communities by Outside Magazine
Resident empowerment - residents are involved in leadership of the program
Passionate, close knit relationships between faculty, residents and staff
What does your program do for fun?
Mountains-hiking, ski/boarding, ferries, Seattle professional sports, kayaking, retreat, films, restaurants, music and theater scene, boating, bake, drink good beer/wine.
What community projects is your program involved in?
Class of 2009
Screening for Colorectal Cancer in the Native American Population
Oral Health in our Cherry Hill Patients
Washington State physicians’ practices regarding family planning
Diabetes in the Native American Community
STD and Pregnancy Prevention in Latinas
Women’s Health in the Vietnamese Community
Reducing DV in the Latino community
Preventing alcohol-related injuries among college students
Promoting Community Gardens to address Micronutrient deficiency in Mulukuku, Nicaragua
Addressing mental health issues in the Asian community
Class of 2010
Encouraging Breastfeeding in our patients
Spirituality in Medicine
Oncology in Primary Care
Improving health care for the homeless in Seattle
Improving Care for Diabetes Patients at Sea Mar Clinic
Youth self-empowerment and community leadership in local high schools
Overcoming barriers to healthcare in patients who are unable to speak English well
Class of 2011
Promoting breastfeeding in Cherry Hill patients
Screening for Developmental Delay in Kids at Cherry Hill
Promoting Evidence-based Prescribing at Cherry Hill
Geographic distribution of relevant health-related infrastructure in Seattle
Nutrition in the Homeless Population
Improving diagnosis of depression in Sea Mar patients
Combating obesity in our pediatric population
Promoting awareness of long-acting, reversible contraception options in young women
Class of 2012
Enhancing Continuity of Care for Homeless Patients
Health Policy Newsletter
Improving Health Literacy for Patients at Sea Mar
Increasing Screening for Breast and Cervical Cancer in Native Americans
Promoting Breastfeeding in Cherry Hill Patients
Networking with Seattle Youth
Promoting Improved Nutrition in Cherry Hill Patients
Class of 2013
Community Health Education/Intervention
How do Cherry Hill Patients Use CAM?
Combating Childhood Obesity in Our Communities
Preventing Teen Suicide
Health education at Tyee High School
Class of 2014
Promoting baby friendly policy at Swedish/ Cherry Hill
Smoking cessation in the LGBT community
Fighting obesity in Native American children
Improving care for LGBT patients
Increasing awareness of Preventive Health in the Seattle Native American Community
Improving care for LGBT patients at Seamar
Improving Health Literacy in native Spanish Speaker
Somali Health Board project
Class of 2015
Herbal medicine in the Native American population
Promoting exercise in sedentary patients
Improving health for people in transition from incarceration
Improving care for LGBT patients
Providing care to refugees: Asylum Health project
Promoting health in collaboration with a neighborhood boxing program
Developed Work Release Health Education Program
Class of 2016
Providing care to refugees: Asylum Health project
Developed Work Release/Transitions Clinic
Reproductive health justice project
Class of 2017
Campaign for Seattle Supervised Consumption Sites
Water Protectors at Standing Rock
Help lead campaign to increase physical education time in Seattle Public Schools.
Campaign to pass a sugary drink tax in the City of Seattle
Class of 2018
Black Lives Matter
Street Medics Training
Seattle Coalition to Build 1,000 Homes
Participated in No New Youth Jail campaign
Supervised Consumption Sites
What kinds of practices do your graduates do? What are they well trained for?
We are extremely proud of our graduates. They have demonstrated the wide breadth of training we offer here as well as our commitment to medicine as a vehicle for social justice. Our graduates work in diverse areas:
Academic medicine: we have many grads who are now faculty and program directors of family medicine residencies and faculty at medical schools. Three of the four FM residency program directors in Seattle are graduates of our program.
Policy and program development: our graduates direct public health departments and serve as policy analysts
Service: our graduates provide care to underserved populations across the US. They are full-spectrum family doctors in rural and urban communities, work in FQHCs and IHS sites, staff abortion clinics and work internationally.
Hospitalist physicians. Many of our graduates work as hospitalist physicians at some point in their career.