Our primary care track is committed to cultivating humanistic, patient-centered and resilient primary care physicians who are exceptional clinicians and transformative leaders poised to innovate and advocate for all people within their communities.
The foundation of our Primary Care Track is the robust categorical ambulatory curriculum that seeks to develop well-rounded and skilled general internists. Any resident may choose to join the primary care track for their R2 and R3 years for targeted training for a career in primary care. Interested residents opt in during their intern year and join their peers for the Primary Care Workshop in the Spring. With elective time, residents in their R2 and R3 years can spend over 50% of their time in the ambulatory setting.
This is a three-week outpatient rotation in a rural or underserved community. Residents select one of the following opportunities:
- Samaritan Lincoln City Medical Center - Lincoln City, OR
- Winding Waters Clinic - Bend, OR
- Indian Health Service - Tuba City, AZ
- Alaska Native Medical Center - AK
- Virginia Garcia Community Health Center - Hillsboro, OR
- Broadway Medical Clinic - Portland, OR
- VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics - Portland, OR
- Old Town Clinic Community Health Center - Portland, OR
The R3 primary care rotations are two different three-week blocks in the R3 year that include clinical experiences and teaching opportunities that help round out the education of residents seeking outpatient general internal medicine as a career. The R3 Primary Care rotation includes dermatology clinics, sports medicine, women's health clinics, procedure clinics, time in the human performance lab, pre-op medicine, teaching, co-precepting in your continuity clinic, and scholarship. Residents are also able to tailor this rotation to their career interests, for example, learning Exercise Treadmill Testing, or specialized procedure training (i.e. if working as an inpatient and outpatient doctor in a small town, for example).
Primary Care Track residents do additional time in the ambulatory setting at Kaiser, doing a full twelve weeks over their R2 and R3 years. This includes dedicated time for an Independent Study Project on ambulatory topics.
This workshop takes place yearly in the spring and is tailored to cover topics that current and former primary care track residents requested. These sessions include skills sessions (nexplannon placement, joint injections, improv exercises on dealing with uncertainty and building relationships, etc.), medical knowledge (a deeper dive on caring for certain vulnerable populations i.e. undocumented patients, victims of trauma, transgender care, etc.), additional advocacy training, networking, and mentorship.
Additional mentorship and networking opportunities with PC learning community are available during journal clubs, social events, and career panels outside of the regular curriculum - including covered time to attend the NW Region Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) meeting.