Swedish Rural Training Track
The Swedish Rural Training Track (RTT) is a partnership between the Swedish Family Medicine Residency Cherry Hill in Seattle, and the North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN) and Olympic Medical Center (OMC) in Port Angeles, Washington. The RTT is a 1+2 year program where the first year is spent at the Swedish Cherry Hill clinic in Seattle and the second and third years are based on the rural Olympic Peninsula about 90 miles west of Seattle in Port Angeles. The goal of the RTT is to train Family Physicians to practice full spectrum family medicine in a rural environment.
The mission of the RTT is to train physicians to provide evidence-based primary care as rural generalists who advocate for the health and well-being of their communities. Residents will gain experiential learning in community assessment and advocacy, procedures, obstetrical care, and medication assisted treatment for addiction.
NOHN is a Federally Qualified Health Center where the RTT faculty have been practicing full spectrum rural family medicine since 1978 including inpatient and outpatient medicine and pediatrics and operative OB and hospital procedures including colonoscopy and EGD. NOHN also serves as a clinical clerkship site for the University of Washington School of Medicine. The Seattle and Port Angeles programs have excellent teleconferencing capabilities allowing interactive participation with the home Seattle program during weekly afternoon didactic conference time.
OMC is a 60 bed medical center with a strong family medicine staff. Family physicians have provided broad-spectrum care within the hospital since it was started in the 1950’s and continue to comprise the largest segment of the medical staff. There is a wide array of supportive subspecialty attending physicians who enjoy teaching and who are involved with residents and medical students. OMC is a rural hospital with approximately 500 births a year, 30,000 ER visits and busy adult and pediatric inpatient services.
RTT residents will rotate with both the hospitalist/ICU service and the family medicine inpatient service during their time in Port Angeles. Residents will take weekly OB and inpatient call during most blocks, with more frequent call during inpatient specific months. The call structure and hospital coverage is designed to be semi-longitudinal, allowing residents to have a more consistent presence in the hospital, preparing them for the rural communities they are likely to practice in after graduation.
Port Angeles is a community of approximately 20,000 located between the Olympic Mountains and the salt water Strait of Juan de Fuca. The local community is home to several coastal Native American tribes as well logging, fishing and maritime industries. The headquarters of Olympic National Park are located in Port Angeles as is the Black Ball ferry to Victoria, Canada, which is 90 minutes away by boat. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound with the mountains and ocean so close and the town is listed as one of the top locations to live by Outside Magazine. The town has many good restaurants and many community activities.
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