CLINIC

The clinic experience is the heart of our program. Our mission is to provide superior education in family medicine through an ambulatory, team-focused, longitudinal training experience which:

  • Teaches residents skills in practice assessment and management
  • Ensures medical competence through measurable clinical outcomes
  • Maximizes continuity of care through utilization of our Clinic First curricular strategy
  • Provides comprehensive services to a diverse patient population
  • Emphasizes cost effective care
  • Utilization of the Epic electronic medical records and Dragon dictation system softwares

 

Located on the hospital campus, our clinic has over 30,000 patient visits each year. Continuity patients receive exceptional care from resident physicians under the guidance of faculty and clinic pharmacists. The clinic’s broad scope of practice includes:

  • Women’s health care
  • Complete maternity care
  • Child, adolescent, and adult medicine
  • Geriatric care
  • Pharmacist available for medication questions, anti-coagulation therapy and diabetes care
  • Specialty clinics (psychiatry, pediatrics, refugee, travel medicine, behavioral health, colposcopy, and osteopathic manual manipulation)
  • Chronic Disease Management (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression)

 

Our clinic’s patient population is extremely diverse. More than 50 percent of the patient population is low income and includes a large medically underserved obstetrical population. The clinic serves a substantial number of geriatric and pediatric patients as well. Our service area is home to large populations of Southeast Asian, Latino, Eastern European, and African patients. To better serve patients, the clinic has an on-site Spanish interpreter as well as professional translation via telephone and Skype.

 

Valley Family Medicine’s quality measures, such as diabetic management and childhood immunization rates, exceed the national average.  The State of Washington has given special recognition to the clinic for achieving a 100 percent immunization rate for two-year-olds and over 80 percent for 24-35 month old children. Patient care is provided via four teams consisting of two residents from each class (with a third-year resident team leader), faculty, nurses, and support staff. Each resident has his or her own panel of patients for which he or she is responsible, and each team is primarily responsible for the outpatient care of all patients assigned to the primary care physicians on that team.