Dr. Julie Merriam
Director of Family Medicine Residency Program
Skagit Valley Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program is accredited by the AOA and ACOFP.
The mission of Skagit Valley Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency is to improve health access and health status for rural, minority and underserved persons living in Washington by developing training programs for health professionals in our setting that serves those populations. Our program involves a mutually beneficial educational relationship between regional hospitals, clinics, providers and community health resources.
- The program is currently providing training for a total of thirteen (13) residents - between four to five osteopathic residents enrolled in the program during each training year.
- Family medicine is a three-dimensional specialty, incorporating knowledge, skill and process. Although knowledge and skill may be shared with other specialties, the family medicine process is unique. Atthe center of this process is the patient-physician relationship with the patient viewed in the context of the family. It is the extent to which this relationship is valued, developed, nurtured and maintained that distinguishes family medicine from all other specialties.
Residency Coordinator, Family Medicine
- This program is structured to provide an osteopathic resident with advanced and concentrated training in family practice and to prepare him/her for examination leading to board certification in this discipline. The residency program aims to be both rigorous and personally fulfilling.
- Weekly didactics will include both live and teleconference presentations. In addition, there will be a Family Medicine Journal club, regular OMM practice labs, and Quality Grand Rounds.
- The rotational curriculum is designed so that each resident will satisfy all the certification requirements of ACOFP. This curriculum promotes learning via structure and supervised exposure based on an educational rather than service model. Supervision and mentoring are hallmarks of the program, with the resident given additional responsibilities and opportunities as his/her training and experience warrant. Evaluation is integrated and organized throughout the training. On-call is limited and designed to provide specific training required of an osteopathic physician.
- First-year residents spend one-half day per week seeing their own panel of patients in the Continuity Clinic. Second- and third-year residents spend three to four half days per week in the clinic. Faculty supervision and consultation is always available.
Curriculum by year:
Family Medicine 4-8 wks, General Surgery 4 wks, Emergency Medicine 4 wks, Women’s Health 4 wks, Pediatrics 4-8 wks, Internal Medicine 8 wks, Electives 8 wks, Medical and Surgical Selectives 4-8 wks, Paid Time Off 4 wks
Family Medicine 4-8 wks, Surgical specialties 8 wks, Emergency Medicine 4 wks, Women’s Health 4 wks, Pediatrics 4-8 wks, Internal Medicine 8 wks, Electives 4-8 wks, Medical Specialties 4-8 wks, Paid Time Off 4 wks
Family Medicine 4-8 wks, Surgical specialties 4-8 wks, Women’s Health 4 wks, Pediatrics 4-8 wks, Internal Medicine 8 wks, Electives 4-8 wks, Medical Specialties 4-8 wks, Paid Time Off 4 wks.