Jhoanna M. Santos, MD
Director of Internal Medicine Residency Program
We believe that excellent internal medicine physicians are curious, thoughtful, and critical problem solvers who are committed to lifelong learning. They believe in and practice both the art and science of medicine. They recognize that an individual's health and well-being cannot be abstracted from the environment in which they live. Thus, issues of relationship, family, culture, psychosocial health, spirituality, economic status, and life stressors are always relevant and often critical to the well-being or illness of a given patient.
Implicit in our educational curriculum are these assumptions:
- Residents are adult learners each with individual learning styles. Though not all residents come to us having developed an understanding of their particular educational needs, part of our work as faculty is to facilitate this knowledge in order to maximize individual growth.
- Residents must feel both supported and challenged in their clinical learning.
- Independent clinical decision-making, properly supported, is the best and fastest road to competence.
Residency Coordinator, Internal Medicine
The program will train six osteopathic residents enrolled in the program during each training year for a total of eighteen residents. Most of the inpatient and major curricular topics are organized in 4-week blocks. Residents also have office hours in the residency clinic, maintaining continuity with their own panel of patients, and they follow patients who are in nursing homes or are home-bound. In addition to the block curriculum, several other topics are covered in a longitudinal curriculum – including psychiatry, osteopathy, and integrative medicine. We will offer a wide variety of electives, some of which are established and others of which have significant room to be tailored to the resident’s individual learning goals.
The rotational curriculum is designed so that each resident will satisfy all the certification requirements of ACOI.
Weekly didactics will include both live and teleconference presentations. In addition, there will be an Internal Medicine
Journal club, regular OMM practice labs, and Quality Grand Rounds.
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. A qualified medical preceptor is always available for consultation and assistance to the resident.
For more information contact Heidi Martin, Coordinator, at email@example.com or 360-814-2115.
Our Internal Medicine residents have dedicated clinic space on the main Skagit Regional Health campus in Mount Vernon, inside of Skagit Valley Hospital.
To learn more about the Internal Medicine Residency Clinic, click here!
Core Faculty for Internal Medicine: