The ICHS Family Medicine Site is in the heart of downtown Seattle’s historic International District. We like to say ICHS is a place where you can practice international medicine without leaving the center of Seattle.
In 1973, a small group of community members and medical students created a free health clinic for low-income retired Chinese and Filipino elders living in Seattle’s International District. Its mission: to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve the health of Asian Pacific Islanders and the broader community. Today, ICHS is a Federally Qualified Health Center, is recognized as a premier healthcare provider, and is the largest provider of health care to Asian Pacific Islanders in Washington State. Our mission has not changed, and our reach has grown from one small storefront clinic in the International District, to seven clinics throughout the Seattle metropolitan area, including a school based clinic and mobile dental unit.
The family medicine residency is located at our founding clinic in the International District, one of Seattle’s oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods. At the International District Clinic, you will see a diversity of patients: 90% are persons of color, 75% have limited English and need interpretation services, with over 40 languages served, 44% are at or below the Federal Poverty Level, 5% are homeless. Your patients will be your greatest teachers.
The high-volume obstetrics at ICHS provides you the opportunity to care for continuity OB patients and their newborns. And your care for these families will often expand to include other family members, spanning multiple generations. As part of your OB training, you will be trained in using our in-house ultrasound.
You will also see a great deal of medical complexity in our adult and geriatric patients. Twenty-five percent of our patients are over the age of 65. We have a close partnership with Legacy House, an assisted living facility located next door. All of their clients have primary care providers at our clinic. You will have several opportunities to learn and practice outpatient procedures including joint injections, skin lesion excisions, colposcopy, and using ultrasound to screen for abdominal aortic aneurysms.
At ICHS you and your patients will be part of a multidisciplinary team that may include interpretation, pharmacy, dentistry, nutrition, psychology, social work, health education, community advocacy, acupuncture, and Chinese traditional medicine. In addition, you will collaborate with other learners in our organization, including ARNP residents, pharmacy students, dental residents, psychology interns, and medical students. At ICHS, collaboration and teamwork are essential elements of providing quality care for our patients.
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