History and Mission

Established in 1974, this is one of the founding programs in Family Medicine. The mission of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill is to train physicians of diverse backgrounds to provide evidence-based, community oriented primary care and to advocate for social justice to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. We have five Seattle training sites in our residency program and a rural training track (RTT) in Port Angeles, WA. With the exception of the continuity clinic site a resident chooses, the curriculum for Seattle based residents is in all other ways identical. Residents from all sites rotate on the same Family Medicine Inpatient Service, care for the same panels of OB patients and meet together for weekly conference time.  

Interns from the RTT are based in Seattle at the Swedish Cherry Hill clinic for their first year of training then move to rural Port Angeles for their last two years of training.

The original clinic site at Cherry Hill takes 4 residents per year and serves a multi-ethnic, inner city population using interpreters in over a dozen languages. Our Family Medicine faculty physicians at this site have additional expertise in Addiction Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Sports Medicine, Maternal and Child Health and abundant procedural expertise. All residents in the program, regardless of their continuity clinic site, rotate through this busy clinic to take advantage of this training. Our faculty operate specialty clinics at Cherry Hill including OB ultrasound, general procedure clinic, colposcopy and LEEP and the OB Outreach clinic, a clinic for pregnant women with chemical dependency issues.

In 1988 the residency pioneered the concept of graduate medical education permanently based in a community health center and opened the residency clinic site at the SeaMar CHC. This clinic serves a primarily Spanish speaking Latino population and requires Spanish language skills of its 2-2-2 residents. This approach to medical education of placing residents in community health centers has now been replicated across the United States.

In 1994, the residency established the country's first graduate medical education program in a Native American health center. The Seattle Indian Health Board site is 2-2-2 in size and serves a Native American and Alaskan Native patient population as well as the surrounding low income community. We are particularly interested in attracting physician applicants to this site who desire careers working with American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.

In 2010 the residency program created a 2-2-2 site at the Carolyn Downs Family Health Center. This CHC serves a diverse, inner city population of African Americans, (the original clinic was founded by the Black Panthers in the 1970’s), monolingual Spanish immigrant and east African immigrant patients.

In 2016, our residency expanded to the International District Medical and Dental Clinic, which is part of International Community Health Services (ICHS). This clinic is located in the heart of Seattle's international district and serves a population that is largely Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander. This 2-2-2 site offers a wide array of services for its patients including dental care, pharmacy, lab, traditional Chinese medicine, multilingual staff, and extensive resources in multiple languages.

In 2017 we established the Swedish Rural Training Track in Port Angeles, WA.  In this 1+2 training model, residents spend their first year of training in Seattle before relocating to rural Port Angeles , 3 hour west of Seattle to complete their final two years of training at North Olympic Health Network (NOHN) and Olympic Medical Center.  Port Angeles is nestled at the base of the Olympic Mountains and is ranked as one of the top places in the country to live by Outside Magazine.  The clinic offers an array of services and residents will work with rural family doctors with operative obstetric and other procedural skills. 

We provide training that allows graduates to practice in urban, rural or international locations with a curriculum framework that guarantees the flexibility and breadth that lies at the foundation of Family Medicine. We teach full spectrum Family Medicine and our faculty physicians and graduates model this. The program emphasizes evidence-based, community oriented primary care. We believe in the central importance of patient centered medical home principles and rigorous full spectrum training but, as importantly, we train the vanguard of future family medicine leaders who will work alongside leaders in disadvantaged communities and be advocates for community development and social justice.

Swedish Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer; we strongly encourage minority candidates underrepresented in medicine to apply to our program.