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St Peter Family Medicine Chehalis Rural Training Program


The Chehalis Rural Training Program is located in the Chehalis Family Medicine Clinic.

931 S. Market Blvd
Chehalis, WA 98532

We received our NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) Level 3 Recognition on January 26, 2015.

We are an approved site for both NHSC (National Healthcare Service Corps) and WSAC (Washington Student Achievement Council) student loan repayment programs.

NRMP Match

The NRMP Match Number 3198120C1 must be used when ranking this site.

Curriculum Highlights

The first year in hospital training of the Rural Training Program (RTP) is spent at St Peter Hospital. After your first 2 months, your continuity clinic will be at 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 may have a few rotations still 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 will include: 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 who you will work with for further 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 for global health, electives, involvement in high school sporting events, nursing home experiences as the core program. You may decide to pursue further training in Suboxone and addiction medicine. You may decide to pursue further operative obstetrical experiences with the Centralia Women’s Center.  We will be 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 direct your own learning experience.

In your second and  third years you will have longitudinal experiences to help provide you the real experience as a rural family physician by providing continuity for your patients in clinic, during hospitalizations and for deliveries and postpartum care. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Rural Training Track?

There is a separate NRMP Match Number 3198120C1 for the rural training track.

Where do I need to live if I join the RTT?

You will need to live within 30 minutes of Providence Centralia Hospital for your continuity deliveries.

What is unique about the rural training track?

Check out the Curriculum Highlights above.

Where do I spend my first year?

For your first 2 months, your continuity clinic will be at the St Peter Family Medicine Clinic in Olympia, WA. After your first 2 months, your continuity clinic will be in Chehalis at Chehalis Family Medicine. Your entire first year hospital experience will be at the St Peter Family Medicine Residency.

How many residents are there per class?

The residency has 2 residents per class. The second year class has one resident as we received our accreditation one year early and were able to take 1 resident from the core program. We successfully completed our first match season with two first year residents. Check out the residents’ page

How many faculty are there?

Check out the faculty page. There are four main faculty in Chehalis, Dr. Lee (FM) and Dr. Lambrecht (FM), Ms. Dennehy (Behavior Scientist) and Dr. Elrod (Clinical Pharmacist) and two adjunct faculty, Dr. Abel and Dr. Atabeygi. You will also be working with many of the core faculty from the St Peter Family Medicine Residency during your first year and will have experiences with them your 2nd and 3rd year. There are also adjunct faculty from other community specialties with whom you will be working.

What is there to do in Chehalis?

Please visit the Chehalis Community page.