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Curriculum Highlights - Chehalis

Curriculum Highlights

The first year of training at the Rural Training Program (RTP) is spent at Providence St Peter Hospital with the core program. After your first 2 months, your continuity clinic will transition to the Chehalis Family Medicine clinic but you will continue your hospital training at St Peter Hospital until you start your 2nd year. During the 2nd and 3rd year most of your rotations will take place at Providence Centralia Hospital and in the Chehalis/Centralia Community with your continuity clinic continuing at Chehalis Family Medicine. You will have a few rotations at St Peter Hospital, including a night rotation to get experience teaching the first year residents.

Clinic highlights include an opportunity to work with a tight knit group of staff including medical assistants, triage nurse, nurse care navigator, pharmacist and pharmacy resident, social worker and patient service representatives to help care for an under-served rural population. 

Procedural training includes: common dermatological procedures, nail removals, circumcisions, IUDs, Nexplanon insertion/removal, endometrial biopsies, laceration repairs, orthopedic procedures including steroid injections and casting and splinting.

Some of our partner groups you will work with for specialty training include:

  • The Providence Centralia Women’s Center for colposcopy and further gynecologic and OB training
  • NW Pediatrics for more outpatient pediatric experiences
  • Washington Orthopedics
  • Inpatient hospitalist service and Emergency Department at Providence Centralia Hospital
  • Providence General Surgery

You will have similar opportunities as the core program for global health, electives, involvement in high school sporting events, nursing home experiences. You may decide to pursue further training in Suboxone and addiction medicine and/or further operative obstetrical experiences with the Centralia Women’s Center.  We are developing group visits and as a resident you will play a key role in the development of these visits. We believe that resident input is integral to the development of a successful residency program and thus, you will have the opportunity to help direct your learning experiences.

In your second and  third years, you will have longitudinal experiences to help prepare you for rural family practice by providing continuity for your patients in clinic, during hospitalizations, and for deliveries and postpartum care.