Clinical Education

Information about clinical education at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

PNWU-COM Clerkship Rotation Information

PNWU-COM Clinical Rotations Infrastructure

COM administration, student affairs, assistant deans, the director of clinical rotations, and regional liaisons work collaboratively to support students, regional assistant deans, regional site administrators, and adjunct clinical faculty. Department chairs provide curricular support, and the technical services department supports weekly didactics.  Meet the Clinical Education Team.

Regional Site Infrastructure

A regional assistant dean at each site provides oversight and structure. The regional site administrators schedule rotations, gather student evaluations, proctor end-of-rotation shelf exams, and provide administrative support to the regional deans. The adjunct clinical faculty are provided faculty development and structured curriculum that includes assigned readings and case studies. Didactics occur weekly at each site.

77% of all PNWU-COM matriculants are from our 5-state catchment area (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)
79% of PNWU-COM graduates are from the 5-state catchment area (as of Feb. 2019)
50% of PNWU-COM matriculants are from Washington

Alaska

Anchorage

Regional Assistant Dean:
Anne E. Musser, DO, FACOFP

Anne.musser@providence.org
907-212-9343

Regional Site Administrator:
Albi Tatum, RN
atatum@pnwu.edu
907-301-5751

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Alaska is a playground. In addition to the abundance of outdoor activities, there are diverse indoor recreational activities throughout the area.  

Housing:
Housing can be expensive and difficult to find depending on the time of year.  We recommend Craigslist or reaching out to local property management companies to assist.  There are areas to avoid so if you are unfamiliar with Anchorage, please inquire before signing any rental/lease agreements.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Region established with first PNWU class in 2009.

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:   

  • Cardiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Neonatology
  • PICU
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Radiology
  • Orthopedics
  • GI
  • Urology
  • ENT
  • Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
  • Neurology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Pain Management
  • Nephrology
  • Urgent Care
  • Pathology

 

Number of Preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:
20 CORE Adjunct Clinical Faculty (ACF) preceptors who also share precepting with approximately 30 additional physicians.

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  10
M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  10

Rotations that provide inpatient experience:
Surgery, IM, Pediatrics, Behavioral Medicine, Women's Health

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
Currently none.      

         


Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Yes, the WWAMI students are in many of the same rotations as PNWU students and attend some of the same didactics.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Alaska Family Medicine Residency (http://akfmr.org/living-in-alaska/).

Opportunities to practice OMM:
There are opportunities within the OMM rotation and intermittently during FM, IM, and Women's Health rotations.

Didactic Information:
Didactics are held in conjunction with the Alaska Family Medicine Residency.  They are every Thursday afternoon from 12-5pm and are a mix of lectures, small groups, and workshops.  

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
There are other rotation specific didactics held throughout the area that our students have been invited to participate in. WWAMI workshops are also held weekly.

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
Yes

Region Strengths:  
There are ample opportunity for inpatient experiences as well as opportunity to train alongside residents on many rotations. Anchorage offers strong, diverse rotations with preceptors who are very eager to teach!

Why might a student choose this region over another?
If you are from Alaska, its home! If you are interested in the Alaska Family Medicine Residency, PNWU students are integrated into the residency in many ways.  Anchorage is a strong regional site with many eager preceptors.

Student/Resident Information: 
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   8
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   4
Alumni in Residency Programs (Alaska totals):   10
Alumni practicing in the regions (Alaska totals):   10
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Alaska totals):   4.70

Additional information:
There is a considerable amount of travel during 4th year for audition rotations and interviews. Travel to-and-from Alaska can be very expensive. If you are a resident of Alaska, there are opportunities to rotate at the Alaska Native Medical Center.


 



Fairbanks

Regional Assistant Dean:
Anne Hanley, DO
ahanley@pnwu.edu
907-388-6601

Regional Site Administrator:
 
Russell Amerson, PhD
ramerson@pnwu.edu
907-488-1333

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
It doesn't get any better than Alaska; The Last Frontier, in terms of adventure, recreation, and outdoor sports of all kinds.

Housing:
We have long been aware of the housing problems that many PNWU students encounter during their 3rd and 4th years. Programs exist in Fairbanks to help students find and secure adequate housing so that the student is not distracted with housing concerns during clinical rotations.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Our first PNWU students rotated in 2010.

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurology
  • Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Dermatology
  • Palliative Care
  • Sleep Therapy

 

Possible 4th year electives in the Fairbanks Region:

  • Podiatry
  • OMM
  • Vascular Surgery

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Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:
There are approximately 160 physicians and surgeons with privileges at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Tanana Valley Clinic employs approximately 40 physicians and all have privileges at FMH. Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center employs approximately 6 physicians and all have privileges at FMH. There are 43 Clinical Adjunct Faculty teaching for PNWU. About 20 are teaching CORE Courses. (https://www.foundationhealth.org/fmh) (https://www.tananachiefs.org/patients/caihc/)

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  20
M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  23

Rotations that provide inpatient experience:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health
  • Surgery
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Critical Care
     


Rotations challenges in the region based on availability:
Sometimes inpatient Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine are not possible in the Region. This is usually remedied with PEDs rotations in Anchorage and EMER MED rotations in other PNWU regions.        

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Women's Health, Surgery, BEH MED, and Critical Care are the main inpatient rotations. It is rare that a PNWU student will share a preceptor with another non-PNWU student. However, sometimes there are other non-PNWU students that rotate with some other preceptor in the same department. The FMH Student Office is shared with other non-PNWU students and this can be up to 5 other students at a time.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
The only Residency, per se, in Alaska is the Alaska Family Medicine Residency in Anchorage. Students in this Region are rarely in contact with these Residents.  The Alaska Pediatrics Track schedules Pediatrics Residents year 'round at Tanana Valley Clinic and PNWU students rotate with these Residents during the Pediatrics CORE course. (http://akfmr.org/)

Opportunities to practice OMM:
We have D.O.s in Fairbanks that are Clinical Adjunct Faculty for PNWU that use OMM a great deal in their practice. There are many opportunities in Fairbanks to achieve the greatest levels of OMM competency possible. The Dean of the Fairbanks Region now practices in an exclusive OMM clinic.

Didactic Information:
Didactic Lectures and Case Presentations are regularly scheduled in the Multi-Media Room, 4th Floor, Tanana Valley Clinic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Case Presentations are generally required each Wednesday afternoon, often in conjunction with a lecture or case analysis from local experts or specialist practitioners. SOAP notes are required each week and are reviewed.  Long, formal presentations are also required of all third year students.  One student per month is required to present an article for the Journal Club. (https://www.foundationhealth.org/tvc)

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
None provided

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site:
No         

Region strengths:

  • It is likely that you will be able to complete all of your CORE Courses in Fairbanks.
  • You will very likely have your entire 3rd year schedule fixed by September 15.
  • The RAD and RSA will take a personal interest in your housing situation.
  • Response to your problems/difficulties is swift on the part of the RAD and RSA.
  • Very gifted and highly regarded faculty.
  • Extremely good access and one-to-one teaching/student ratio. (No Residents to compete with except in Pediatrics.)
  • Faculty that believes in encouraging you to practice at your limits in order to learn at the greatest competency level.
  • The Region is situated in the least developed part of the United States and presents the greatest opportunities for adventure, recreation, and exploration.
  • One of the most unique habitats and cultural sites in the world.
  • Greatest community spirit bar none.

Why might a student choose this region over another?
Alaskans are obviously enthusiastic about where they live and we believe that the Great Land is the best place to live a full life. For most of us, the magnificence of the place was the major motivation for moving to Alaska. In addition to that reason, the community spirit that made Alaska famous in story and history books still exists in Fairbanks in a very powerful and palpable way. It has to be experienced to be understood. Those are good reasons to relocate here, but not even the tremendous 'openness' of the place is the 'best' reason. The best reason is the quality of the faculty here. Not only do we have a faculty of the highest educational quality, but you are given the greatest scope possible to achieve your greatest potential according to your own skill and intellectual development. You will be welcome here and you will be taught by faculty that understands what it means to achieve a rewarding and meaningful education.

Additional information:
Alaska is beautiful, rugged, unforgiving, and extremely rewarding. These aspects of life on the Last Frontier intrigue and reward those who are not bothered with irritations, bad weather, and cranky machines (at 40 below). If you have a low threshold of tolerance for these sorts of things, Alaska may not be your cup of tea. However, if the notion that 'adventure' is just another word for 'inconvenience' doesn't bother you or dissuade you, I suspect that you are just the right sort of student for the Fairbanks Region.



Idaho

Blackfoot

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Regional Assistant Dean:
Joseph Weatherly, DO
jweatherly@binghammemorial.org

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Regional Site Administrator:
Candace Raschke
craschke@binghammemorial.org
208-782-2953
 

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
YES! Idaho has a lot to offer for outdoor enthusiasts. We are close to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, WY and Lava Hot Springs is only 45 minutes away.

Housing:
No

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Our first PNWU students rotated in 2014

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:

  • Cardiology
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Wound Care
  • Radiology

Number of Preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:  15-20

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.): 90%
M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.): 10%

Rotations that provide inpatient experience:
Inpatient Medicine (IM)

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
Pediatrics

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes 

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
All of the students meet for didactics on Wednesday as one class.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Yes, we have an IM Residency program. The students and residents are together for didactics.

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Yes

Didactic Information:
We hold didactics every Wednesday. We include students in CME's. There is usually a lecture for 1 hour. The students participate in Board Review.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
None provided

Core (3rd year) rotations within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
Yes, didactics are held in Blackfoot, and core rotations are scheduled in Blackfoot, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls.

Why might a student choose this region over another?
We are a small program. We only take 6 students total per year. We only send 1 student per preceptor at a time.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   4
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   3
Alumni in Residency Programs (Idaho totals):   9
Alumni practicing in the regions (Idaho totals):   11
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Idaho totals):   8.0%



Western Idaho

Regional Assistant Dean:
Daniel Allen, DO
dodaniel30@gmail.com
208-739-2661

Regional Site Administrator:
Jennifer Ransley
jransley@pnwu.edu
208-703-2885

 

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Foothills and greenbelt for hiking, biking trail running.  Skiing not far from us. BSU and several other college sports.

Housing:
Meridian/Nampa is the most central and most affordable. Rentals can be hard to come by but several new apartments are in the process of being built.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Our first PNWU students rotated in 2012

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:

  • Dermatology
  • IM
  • Cardio
  • Asthma and Allergy
  • PM&R
  • Ortho Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • ObGyn/Onc
  • Pain Management

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:
We generally have at least 2 preceptors for each core rotation.

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  10
M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  10

Rotations that provide inpatient experience:
IM at WVMC

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
At the moment we are able to fulfill all CORE rotations within the region but things can change. We do have a large geographic area that we cover so you will be expected to drive!

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Yes, although we are 3rd priority behind UW and employed NP/PA students at St Luke's. The new DO school, ICOM will be sending students into rotations Fall of 2020.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Yes, students will work with residents during their IM rotation at WVMC as well as a few other FM rotations.

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Yes, several of the preceptors are open to this.

Didactic Information:
Didactics are held on Wednesday afternoons, week 2-5 of 6-week blocks. Didactics are at St. Luke's in Nampa and are generally 2- 3 hours. Case review and student presentations make up the first several months. Guest lectures are scheduled throughout the year.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
None provided

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
Yes. Our region spans from Ontario, Oregon to Mtn. Home and includes Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Star, Nampa, Middleton, and Caldwell.

Region strengths:
Our preceptors care for our students and hold PNWU in high regard. We expect a lot from our students to maintain this reputation and relationships.

Why might a student choose this region over another?
If you have some ties to the area it is a bonus for rotations.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   10
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   10
Alumni in Residency Programs (Idaho totals):   9
Alumni practicing in the regions (Idaho totals):   11
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Idaho totals):   8.0%

Additional information:
Previously split into 2 sites, Boise and Caldwell, now we are one site taking 10 students.

This is a large region so expect to drive. Living somewhere in Nampa close to the freeway will put you in the center of the region.

There is a new medical school that will be putting students into rotations starting in the fall of 2020.  We are not sure how this will effect rotation availability.

Bingham Memorial

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center

St. Luke's Nampa Medical Center



Montana

Billings

Regional Assistant Dean:
Kristen Prewitt, DO
kprewitt@pnwu.edu
406-238-2475

Regional Site Administrator:
 
Melissa Guaderrama
mguaderrama@pnwu.edu
415-271-3348

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Yes.  We have multiple gyms, CrossFit studios, yoga studios, walking and biking trails, and an indoor climbing facility.  We are within an hour from Red Lodge, which offers hiking in the spring/summer and skiing in the winter.

Housing:
We have multiple apartment complexes in the city, as well as rental homes available.  Previous students have always been able to find affordable housing in our region.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
We have been training students since the start of PNWU.

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:
We have quite a few 4th year rotations available in our region.  We currently have Cardiology, NICU, Podiatry, Wound Care, ENT, ICU, Pulmonology, GI, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hem/Onc, Infectious Disease, PM&R, Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, and Urology.  We are always adding new electives as new providers come into the area or as students find interest in different areas.

Number of Preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:
We have 27 main preceptors in Billings, Bozeman, Lewistown, and Cody, WY that teach core rotations.  However, we do have additional core preceptors in other regions (more rural) if you have an interest.  

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  9
M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  18

Rotations that provide inpatient experience:
We have inpatient experience in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, OBGYN, Family Medicine, and Behavioral Medicine.

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
The only rotation that we seem to be challenged with is OBGYN.  We do have providers in Billings, and in the past have been able to accommodate most students.  In the instance that we are not able to accommodate them between our Billings, Bozeman, or Cody sites, we have had students rotate in the Great Falls region.

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Yes, all learners participate in grand rounds each week and work on the inpatient teams together.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Yes, our students are involved with the Montana Family Medicine Residency and the Billings Clinic. Internal Medicine Residency.  Students are able to attend grand rounds/didactics with them and also rotate with them during Internal Medicine and Family Medicine rotations.

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Yes. During your OMM rotation with our Regional Assistant Dean, Dr. Prewitt and her spouse, you will be performing OMM on patients.  We also offer students the opportunity to learn techniques and practice during our didactic sessions.

Didactic Information:
Didactics are held every Friday afternoon.  They begin with a grand rounds presentation at 12:15 pm at Billings Clinic, which host different presenters and topics each week.  Both providers and staff are invited to attend these presentations.  Immediately following grand rounds, we move to a different room where our didactics are held.  They consist of presentations by our Regional Assistant Dean, other providers from the area, and other topics such as financial planning.  

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
We also have continuing education opportunities for students to attend with other providers.

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
Yes, every effort is made to have all rotations within the Billings area.  Some rotations, mainly OB, may have to be completed in either Cody, WY (which is about 1.5 hours from Billings), Bozeman (which is about 2 hours from Billings) or one of our other core sites.

Region strengths:
We have very dedicated preceptors who pride themselves on the experience that they give to the students.  We can accommodate most rotation requests from students in their 4th year of training, allowing them to stay in region for both 3rd and 4th year.  

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   4
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   4
Alumni in Residency Programs (Montana totals):   7
Alumni practicing in the regions (Montana totals):   5
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Montana totals):   5.0%



Great Falls

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Regional Assistant Dean:
Paul Johnson, MD
Paul.Johnson@benefis.org
443-889-7177

Regional Site Administrator:
Virginia Myllymaki
VirginiaMyllymaki@benefis.org
406-788-2911
Back up: Erica Martin

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Benefis has an employee gym/wellness center at both campuses - FREE to students! There is also a huge health and wellness facility in town, The Peak; with tons of classes, 3 pools, etc. that requires a membership.  Easy access to Glacier Park (can be done in a day), great inexpensive skiing within an hour, world-class skiing within 4 hours, world-class fly fishing within 20 minutes, single track mountain bike trails in town, river trail with 50+ miles of paved paths for running, walking and biking, kayaking, boating, floating, and paddle board opportunities right in town. Average of 300 days of blue skies.  

Housing:
Housing is nice and inexpensive at a new apartment complex just down the street from the hospital (Talus). House rentals can be competitive due to Military Base in town, but Erica can assist in helping you find a good rental as she has many leads from community members looking to rent homes - all previous students have been happy with various housing situations.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Since PNWU was established as a medical school.

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:

 

  • ICU
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pulmonology
  • Hematology Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • PM&R
  • Wound Care
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hospice
  • Palliative Care
  • Anesthesia
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • ENT
  • Infectious Disease
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Trauma
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics – Inpatient and Outpatient
  • Podiatry
  • OB/GYN
  • Perinatology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Urology
  • Bariatrics
  • Interventional Pain
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
  • NICU
  • General Cardiology
  • Interventional Cardiology

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:  15-20

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  25-30%
M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  70-75%

Rotations that provide inpatient experience:

  • Pediatrics
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • ICU
  • Pulmonology
  • Gastroenterology
  • OB/GYN
  • NICU
  • General Cardiology
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • General Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Palliative Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • PM&R
  • Interventional Radiology

Rotations challenges in the region based on availability:
We do not current have any residency programs, so the residency rotation requirements are done outside of region, sometimes in Billings or Kalispell, sometimes out of state in Idaho or Washington. These rotations are typically 4 weeks.  Previously OMM was completed in Missoula, but we recently have hired some new physicians who are interested in teaching OMM onsite.

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes, we have students from multiple medical schools rotating within our health system.

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
At times, but not normally. PNWU students typically have full attention of preceptors.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
No - students have gone to Billings and Kalispell in the past as a preferred location, but also have gone to Washington and Idaho.

Opportunities to practice OMM:
The OMM onsite opportunities previously at Benefis were supported by a physician who is currently in the process of slowing down his practice although he will agree to supervise student clinics if there is specific interest to offer free services to our health system employees.  We have hired a new physician starting Summer 2019 who will have an OMM sports medicine / family practice clinic and we believe this will offer PNWU students additional opportunity to practice OMM onsite.

Didactic Information:
Formal didactics are typically one day per week, 60-120 minutes. Combination of lectures, talks, and PowerPoints from all sub specialties.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
Many other opportunities to learn and grow in preparation for boards and residency including: Grand Rounds, Onsite Conferences, State ACP Conferences, and nightly Dean's Questions.

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
No

Region strengths:
Benefis is one of the largest hospitals in Montana and has the largest ER in the state. Catchment of 275,000 people from surrounding areas are utilizing our level 2 trauma center.  Very sick patient population. Friendly patient population. Plenty of sub-specialty rotations for 4th year.  Cost of living is inexpensive. Community is centrally located, close to both Glacier and Yellowstone Parks. Dedicated Dean who is extremely invested in students’ success.  https://www.benefis.org/

Why might a student choose this region over another:
Excellent clinical education with a rigorous curriculum. A very dedicated dean who will absolutely help you be prepared for boards and for residency.  Young preceptors who are up-to-date on current practices and who provide hands on rotations with great opportunity for one on one teaching. No residents to compete with. Patients are nice and typically very open to medical students. Central location in the state with very little travel required. Airport 15 minutes from the hospital with direct flights to: Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago (summer only), Seattle, Salt Lake, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   6
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   3
Alumni in Residency Programs (Montana totals):   7
Alumni practicing in the regions (Montana totals):   5
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Montana totals):   5.0%

Additional information:
"Probably one of the best sites at PNWU. A hidden gem!"  "I think we have a really strong site.  We do not have to travel a lot and we have strong preceptors and an incredible dean who have all made us extremely successful and have truly shown their investment in us.  It’s a good place to be!"/p>



Western Montana

Regional Assistant Dean:
Kevin Kropp, DO
kkropp@pnwu.edu
406-751-7694

Regional Site Administrator:
Amy Sterchi
asterchi@pnwu.edu
406-751-7694

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Summit Fitness Center memberships are available at a reduced price.  Glacier National Park, Whitefish Ski Resort; lakes, rivers, hiking, biking galore.           

Housing:
Housing can be difficult if you are bringing a pet.  Best places to look are on craigslist and the Daily Interlake newspaper.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Kalispell has been training with students since July 2016.

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:
Elective rotations are available throughout Western MT (e.g., Libby, Missoula, Kalispell, Butte, and Dillon), however are most easily obtained in Kalispell.

Some of the rotations available:

  • ICU                                                                        
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Specialties
  • Neurology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Anesthesiology

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:  12

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  8 (Kalispell, including 4th-year electives)

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  35 (Kalispell, including 4th-year electives)

Rotations that may provide inpatient experience:

  • Pediatrics
  • Internal Medicine

Minimal in rest

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
No information provided

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
WWAMI students will be on the same general surgery rotation

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana didactics, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine rotations.

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Yes

Didactic Information:
Didactics are held in conjunction with the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana's weekly didactics. They are Wednesday afternoons 1-3 (or later) at Flathead Community Health Center in Kalispell.  Some live speakers, mostly via live feed from Missoula.  PNWU-specific didactics are held Wednesday 12-1 at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center campus.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
Suturing skills lab

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site:
Yes

Region strengths:
Excellent preceptors, RAD and RSA that are engaged with the students, RAD/RSA to student ratio, strong residency involvement and support, OMM in didactics monthly.   

Why might a student choose this region over another?
Very enthusiastic preceptors at this growing medical facility look forward to working with students and residents alike. There are a lot of forward thinkers looking to implement progressive approaches in their care, including Team Care and Integrative Behavioral Health. The administration at Kalispell Regional Medical Center is very supportive of hosting PNWU students.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   3
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   2
Alumni in Residency Programs (Montana totals):   7
Alumni practicing in the regions (Montana totals):   5
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Montana totals):   5.0%

Additional information:

The Flathead Valley is a great community to call home for the next year or two!

http://health.umt.edu/fmrwm/

https://www.krh.org/



Oregon

Oregon

Regional Assistant Dean:
Orestes Gutierrez, DO
ogutierrez@pnwu.edu
541-232-5627

Regional Site Administrator:
Tressa Rodriguez
trodriguez@pnwu.edu
971-227-2278

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Yes, Fitness Centers      

Housing:
Portland proper is extremely expensive, so I always suggest other areas outside of Portland for housing.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Longview/Vancouver/NW Oregon region - since 2011
Reedsport & Roseburg - since 2017
Klamath Falls - since 2018

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:   
4th Year Only

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • FM
  • IM-Inpatient
  • Ophthalmology
  • ICU
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Many more.

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:  29

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  12

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  17

Rotations that provide inpatient experience:
Roseburg IM and Klamath Falls IM

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Behavioral Medicine  

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Most locations will only accept one student at a time for a rotation.  Students are competing for rotations with several other medical schools.  The number of rotations offered to PNWU are generally one or two per preceptor.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
There are several residencies in the region, but we currently are not involved with them.  Students will receive opportunities for rotations during their 4th year.

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Yes

Didactic Information:
Didactics in our region are currently held every other Monday from 2-5pm via Zoom teleconference. Students are required to attend.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
Nothing provided

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
No

Region strengths:
We have some great providers who really enjoy educating students.  There are great hands-on training opportunities in Reedsport, Roseburg, and Klamath Falls.

Why might a student choose this region over another?
Reedsport, Roseburg, and Klamath Falls provide the most rotations in a concentrated area.  They are great locations for students who would like to be housed in one city for MOST of their rotations with limited travel.  

Students assigned to "Oregon" may choose to help set up rotations near their home area. Portland and NW Oregon core rotations are extremely difficult to schedule because of competition with other schools. Any student with an "Oregon" assignment may expect more than the usual amount of away rotations.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   5
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   10
Alumni in Residency Programs:   32
Alumni practicing in the regions:   11
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions:   9.0%

Additional information:
There are several different satellite regions within this Region.  These are currently Reedsport, Roseburg, and Klamath Falls.  Please check with Tressa Rodriguez regarding any questions you have about these different regions.



Washington

Aberdeen

Regional Assistant Dean:
Joseph Stengel, DO
jstengel@pnwu.edu
360-533-0400

Regional Site Administrator:
Melissa Guaderrama
mguaderrama@pnwu.edu
415-271-3348

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
A large well equipped YMCA as well as several private gyms are nearby.

Housing:
Plenty of affordable housing is available in Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis, and Montesano. Most students live close to the hospital in Hoquiam or Aberdeen. Talk to any of the current students or visit http://www.aberdeenrealty.com OR https://www.cathysrentals.com.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Our first PNWU students rotated in 2014.

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:
Aberdeen is a relatively new site with many enthusiastic preceptors. So far Orthopedics, Wound Care, ENT, Urology, Anesthesia, Public Health, Gastroenterology, Radiology, Pathology, and Research rotations are possible.

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach core rotations:
Currently, 14 preceptors teach CORE rotations.

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  7

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  7

Rotations that may provide inpatient experience:
Internal medicine, surgery, and women's health. Limited pediatrics.

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:

  • OPP is longitudinal
  • Behavioral Health is done locally at the Harborcrest Chemical Dependency Unit
  • Residency associated rotations are out of region

Students should expect one other rotation will be out of region based on past experience

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Occasional UW students on rural internal medicine rotations and PA students. All work side by side with our students on the hospital medicine service.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Not currently, we are in the developmental phase of a Family Medicine rural training track with Tacoma Family Medicine expected to enroll first class in 2020 or 2021. (https://www.multicare.org/tacoma-family-medicine/)

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Currently doing OPP as a longitudinal rotation.  Preceptors in the Aberdeen region becoming receptive to students performing OMM under their supervision.

Didactic Information:
We hold noon conferences at Grays Harbor Community Hospital 2 to 3 times per week. This allows for frequent, high impact, short presentations by the regional dean, selected preceptors, and students. The hospital is centrally located to rotation sites, which facilitates this schedule. (https://www.ghcares.org/)

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
None provided

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
No

Region strengths:

  • It is likely that you will be able to complete all of your CORE Courses in Fairbanks.
  • You will very likely have your entire 3rd year schedule fixed by September 15.
  • The RAD and RSA will take a personal interest in your housing situation.
  • Response to your problems/difficulties is swift on the part of the RAD and RSA.
  • Very gifted and highly regarded faculty.
  • Extremely good access and one-to-one teaching/student ratio. (No Residents to compete with except in Pediatrics.)
  • Faculty that believes in encouraging you to practice at your limits in order to learn at the greatest competency level.
  • The Region is situated in the least developed part of the United States and presents the greatest opportunities for adventure, recreation, and exploration.
  • One of the most unique habitats and cultural sites in the world.
  • Greatest community spirit bar none.

Why might a student choose this region over another?
Alaskans are obviously enthusiastic about where they live and we believe that the Great Land is the best place to live a full life. For most of us, the magnificence of the place was the major motivation for moving to Alaska. In addition to that reason, the community spirit that made Alaska famous in story and history books still exists in Fairbanks in a very powerful and palpable way. It has to be experienced to be understood. Those are good reasons to relocate here, but not even the tremendous 'openness' of the place is the 'best' reason. The best reason is the quality of the faculty here. Not only do we have a faculty of the highest educational quality, but you are given the greatest scope possible to achieve your greatest potential according to your own skill and intellectual development. You will be welcome here and you will be taught by faculty that understands what it means to achieve a rewarding and meaningful education.

Additional information:
Alaska is beautiful, rugged, unforgiving, and extremely rewarding. These aspects of life on the Last Frontier intrigue and reward those who are not bothered with irritations, bad weather, and cranky machines (at 40 below). If you have a low threshold of tolerance for these sorts of things, Alaska may not be your cup of tea. However, if the notion that 'adventure' is just another word for 'inconvenience' doesn't bother you or dissuade you, I suspect that you are just the right sort of student for the Fairbanks Region.



Bellevue

Regional Assistant Dean:
Daniel Brzusek, DO
dbrzusek@pnwu.edu

Regional Site Administrator:
Jennifer Hildebrand
jhildebrand@pnwu.edu

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
There are a lot of parks and running trails, as well as hikes. 

Housing: 
We have housing in Bellevue and Seattle.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students: 
Our first PNWU students rotated in 2016.  

 

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:
Plastic surgery, PMNR, tele medicine, research institute, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, cardiology, endocrinology, and naturopath.

Rotations that may provide inpatient experience: 
None

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
Women’s Health and pediatrics.

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students? 
Sometimes

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.): 
None

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Yes - several rotations have this. 

 

Didactic Information:
Wednesday 3:00pm – 6:00pm at Overlake Hospital Education Building.

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
Yes, excepts Women’s Health. 

 

Region strengths:
Our electives are our strength. 

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   0
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   10
Alumni in Residency Programs (Washington totals):   152
Alumni practicing in the regions (Washington totals):   86
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Washington totals):   50%



Centralia

Regional Assistant Dean/Site Administrator:
Brenda Polite, MD

bpolite@pnwu.edu
(360) 269-1886

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Yes.  There are many different kinds of outdoor recreation, walking trails, hiking, etc.  The area also has large indoor gyms, sport courts, indoor/outdoor pool, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, rock wall climbing, etc.

Housing:
I would recommend that housing should be obtained in the Centralia/Chehalis area.  Many students have chosen to live in the Olympia area, however this results in much longer commutes for rotations. 

Housing is not that difficult to find in the area.  There are several, relatively new, apartment complexes in the area as well as individual homes available to rent.  Check the local newspaper and/or rental agencies.  Many are found by word of mouth.
Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
PNWU has had rotations in the Centralia area since 2011.

Caveat:  Anything can happen in the future and I do not have a crystal ball or a magic wand.

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:
4th year electives are currently being done at 4 different sites in our region.  Other electives are available, but so far our students have completed electives at the below locations.

  • Providence Centralia Hospital (Anesthesia, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Podiatry, Urology)
  • St. Peter Hospital Olympia (Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Pathology, Sports Medicine)
  • Capital Medical Center Olympia (Emergency Medicine, ENT, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine hospitalist, Oncology, Urology )
  • Mason General Hospital (Internal Medicine Hospitalist, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics)

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:
19 preceptors teach core rotations.

  • Family Medicine-8
  • Internal Medicine-3
  • OB-2
  • OMM-2
  • Psychiatry-2
  • Pediatrics-1
  • Surgery-1
  • Emergency Medicine-2

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  8

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  11

Rotations that may provide inpatient experience:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • OB/GYN
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

It depends on the rotation how much time will be an inpatient experience

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
At this time, all core rotations are available in the region in sufficient quantity for assigned Centralia students. 

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
There are medical students from UW and from Western, etc., as well as students from other disciplines. You may be placed on a team with a student from a different school.  You are most likely to work with students from other schools in psychiatry, pediatrics, and family medicine. On other rotations you will be the only student.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Yes, there are two residency programs in the Centralia region.  Both are family medicine residency programs.

  • Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program in Olympia. 
  • Chehalis Family Medicine Rural Track Residency Program in Chehalis.

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Most preceptors allow students to practice OMM if there is time during the patient encounter.

Didactic Information:
Didactics are held in a conference room on the Providence Centralia Hospital Campus.  Didactics are every Friday from 1pm - 4pm.  It is an interactive learning experience.  Sometimes we have guest speakers or patients.  There are periodic OMM sessions.  There are always student case presentations and discussions.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
None provided

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
No

Region Strengths:

  • Great Preceptors
  • Great People
  • Great Area

Why might a student choose this region over another?
We have great preceptors who love to teach students!  Because we are small, our students usually get more direct hands on experience.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   8
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   8
Alumni in Residency Programs (Washington totals):   152
Alumni practicing in the regions (Washington totals):   86
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Washington totals):   50%

Additional information:
Our farthest rotations within our region is in South Bend at Willapa Harbor Hospital, which is about 60 miles west of Centralia.  That location has both family medicine and emergency medicine.  PNWU does provide housing for that rotation site.

We also do rotations (internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine) at Mason General Hospital, which is 47 miles north of Centralia.

Links to clinical rotation sites referenced:

https://washington.providence.org/locations-directory/c/centralia-hospital#llaid=6445

https://washington.providence.org/locations-directory/s/st-peter-hospital#llaid=6457

https://capitalmedical.com/about-us/

https://www.masongeneral.com/

https://washington.providence.org/locations-directory/s/st-peter-hospital/for-healthcare-professionals/family-medicine-residency

http://willapaharborhospital.com/

https://www.masongeneral.com/



Mt. Vernon

Regional Assistant Dean:
Troy Markus, DO
tmarkus@pnwu.edu
360-318-4418

Regional Site Administrator:
Melanie Vandermeulen
mvandermeulen@skagitvalleyhospital.org
360-814-7216

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
YMCA, Riverside Health Club, Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, employee gym at Skagit Regional Health. 

Housing:
Contact current students or Regional Site Administrator for direction. 

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students: 
Mt. Vernon regional site established in 2010 

 

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:
Anesthesia, Podiatry, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiology, Interventional Pain Medicine, Urology, ENT, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Nephrology, Infectious Disease, Dermatology, Wound Care, Hematology/Oncology, Behavioral Health, Bioethics. 

Rotations that may provide inpatient experience:
Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Surgery. 

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
Varies.  

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
During audition season, students working with the Internal Medicine inpatient team and in the Family Medicine residency clinic will work with sub-I candidates.  

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Yes, during audition season. 

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residency programs: daily didactics, rotations at Skagit Regional Health, volunteer/community opportunities. 

Virginia Mason surgical residents rotate with the SRH General Surgery department: students a part of that team when on their Surgery core rotation. 

Opportunities to practice OMM:
OMM rotation, didactics, FM residency clinic, and DO preceptors in the region. 

 

Didactic Information:
Held every Thursday at Skagit Valley Hospital from 12:00-3:30pm. 

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
Daily resident didactics with the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residency programs on-site at Skagit Valley Hospital. 

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
Yes 

 

Region strengths:  
Established teaching institution with preceptors invested in training physicians. ACGME accredited Internal Medicine residency program. ACGME accredited Family Medicine residency program with Osteopathic recognition. Regional Site Administrator on-site. Didactics and COMATs held on-site.   

Established region with close ties to Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residency programs.  

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   12
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   13
Alumni in Residency Programs (Washington totals):   152
Alumni practicing in the regions (Washington totals):   86
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Washington totals):   50%

Additional information:  

Medical students work collaboratively on teams with the Skagit Regional Health Internal Medicine and Family Medicine residency programs. Full access to the Medical Education floor in the hospital, including dedicated didactics rooms, library, kitchen, locker rooms, and sleep room. Mt. Vernon lies in the beautiful Skagit County, known for the Tulip and Daffodil Festivals every Spring. Several of seasonal outdoor activities right out your back door – hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing, fishing. One hour to Seattle, Mt. Baker, Cascade Mountains, Canadian border, or the San Juan Islands!  

 



Puyallup

Regional Assistant Dean:
Van Pham, MD
tpham@pnwu.edu
901-216-1289

Regional Site Administrator:
Jennifer Enfield
jmaya@pnwu.edu
253-224-5962

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
There are unlimited gyms, trails, and sport teams to participate in. From hiking to biking, to Frisbee golf and knitting groups! You can find your fit!!

Housing:
There are numerous apartment complexes in the region. Depending on where you want to live check with the chamber of commerce for suggestions.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Our first PNWU students rotated in 2011.

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:   
Most any subspecialty is available in the region, but some are more of a challenge to schedule than others!

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:
Currently we have 117 active faculty members within the region.

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  About 30%

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  About 70%

Rotations that may provide inpatient experience:
Internal Medicine, Surgery, ICU, Psych, Radiology, PM&R

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
Pediatrics & some subspecialties

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Sometimes. Not usually very often.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Yes, family medicine

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Yes. Most providers are open to it even if they do not practice it.

Didactic Information:
Didactics are held twice a month at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, every other Thursday afternoon from 3-5pm. Once a month students are encouraged to join attendings and residents at Grand Rounds as well. We spend part of the time doing student presentations and other portion is a teaching from Dr. Pham and/or other providers. (https://www.multicare.org/good-samaritan-hospital/)

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
None provided

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
Yes, all core rotations are available in the regions. There are some that are available outside the 50 mile/1 hour radius from our core site, but they are assigned only when needed and/or requested by a student.

Region strengths:
Location, location, location

Why might a student choose this region over another?
Beautiful faculty and surroundings! Great place to live and learn.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   16
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   12
Alumni in Residency Programs (Washington totals):   152
Alumni practicing in the regions (Washington totals):   86
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Washington totals):   50%

Additional information:
We have high expectations. We have amazing preceptors and want to continue to send them great students.



Spokane

Regional Assistant Dean:
Randy Poncher, MD
rponcher@pnwu.edu
509-413-7154

Regional Site Administrator:
Jessica Moorman
jmoorman@pnwu.edu
509-731-0296

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
In Spokane we have the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities and sports year around. Downhill & cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice hockey, snowshoeing, ice skating, bicycling, fishing, boating, water-skiing, hiking, camping, and mountain climbing are all available in the immediate Spokane area. We have 3 YMCA’s and numerous other affordable fitness centers in the city of Spokane, as well.

Housing:
Spokane has numerous affordable housing available in all different locations. The cost of living is low and students have not had any trouble finding a suitable place to live.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
We have been a training site for PNWU since the first class of 2012.

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:   

  • Family Medicine Sub-I
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology
  • Cardiology
  • Radiology
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopedics-Peds and Adult
  • ENT
  • Dermatology
  • PM&R
  • Oncology/Pulmonology
  • ICU- very limited
  • Pediatric specialties-Oncology, Adolescent Medicine, GI and Cardiology

Number of preceptors credentialed to teach CORE rotations:  38

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  10

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  28

Rotations that may provide inpatient experience:
Core 3rd year rotations split between inpatient and outpatient:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Behavioral Health
  • OB/GYN

4th year elective rotations

  • Family Medicine Sub-I
  • Internal medicine Sub-I
  • Nephrology
  • ICU

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
This could be changing with the increase class size of UW and with WSU starting their clinical rotations, but the following rotations are a challenge at the moment:

  • OBGYN
  • Emergency Medicine-We do have limited rotations
  • Pediatrics-Outpatient   

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
We have UW, WSU, Western COMP, Nursing, PA, and ARNP students. PNWU and UW work together on a lot of the core rotations.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):

  • We are very involved with both the Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency
  • We do didactics with the FM residency and students are always allowed to attend noon conferences with the IM program
  • A lot of our inpatient rotations are spent working with the residents

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Yes, but not all preceptors allow you to practice OMM. We are always actively trying to recruit new DO preceptors within our community to provide and teach more osteopathic principles to our students during their patient care activities.

Didactic Information:
Our didactics are 1-5 pm every Thursday. We spend half of the time participating with the Family Medicine Residency teaching program. The other half of the time is spent as a PNWU group where we do the following: Case presentations/student lectures, oral presentations/PE prep, Guest Lecturers, OMT High Yield/board prep, and OMT practice (hands-on). (https://www.spokaneteachinghealth.org/family-medicine/#llaid=6167)

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
In addition, the students are invited to attend all of the noon teaching conferences provided for the Internal Medicine Residents at Sacred Heart. (https://washington.providence.org/locations-directory/s/sacred-heart-medical-center#llaid=6453)

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
No

Region strengths:

  • Spokane has a great mix of inpatient and outpatient rotations
  • Didactics
  • Working with the residents
  • Affordable housing
  • Preceptors that love to teach and truly want to make a difference

Why might a student choose this region over another?
Spokane is a beautiful vibrant city with good weather, little traffic, and genuinely kind, gracious people. We have five residencies here (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Transitional Year, and Radiology). There are eight hospitals in the greater Spokane area with attending physicians practicing all fields of medicine.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   9
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   11
Alumni in Residency Programs (Washington totals):   152
Alumni practicing in the regions (Washington totals):   86
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Washington totals):   50%

Additional information:
Our rotations are spread out through Spokane, Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene and other surrounding areas. You will be required to drive within 50 miles to a lot of your rotations.



Tri-Cities / Hermiston

Regional Assistant Dean:
Guy Jones, MD
gjones@pnwu.edu
509-783-9894

Regional Site Administrator:
Cindi Anderson
andersonc@pnwu.edu
509-389-2814

 

Regional Liaison:
Stephen Dechter, DO
sdechter@pnwu.edu

Good Shepherd Rotations:
Trixie Ortiz
tortiz@gshealth.org
541-667-3406

 

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Hiking, fishing, boating, shopping, many gyms, and all denominations of Faith.
Pet rescue organizations, civic clubs to join, craft and painting opportunities, shooting ranges, golfing, and wineries.

Housing:
Hermiston has student apartments that may be available at a reduced rent.

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Our first PNWU students rotated in 2012.

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:   

  • Anesthesiology
  • ICU
  • NICU
  • Neuro
  • Cardio
  • Urology
  • Orthopedics
  • Dermatology
  • ENT
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pathology
  • Podiatry
  • Nephrology
  • Geriatrics
  • Hospice
  • Endocrinology
  • Plastics

 

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:  43

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  17

Rotations that may provide inpatient experience:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Family Medicine Residency

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:
Emergency Medicine, Surgery, OMT

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
Kadlec Medical Center FM residency, Trios Hospital IM and FM residency.

https://www.kadlec.org/location-directory/f/family-medicine-residency#llaid=5021

http://www.trioshealth.org/manage-your-career/medical-residency-programs/family-medicine-residency/

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Most of our preceptors welcome your OMT interest and will allow you to help their patients.
Very few preceptors in our region actively practice it.

Didactic Information:
Didactics are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 12-5 pm.
One of the sessions is student led with guest lecturers, case studies, and formal presentations. The other session is held jointly with the Kadlec FM Residency program.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
Grand Rounds at Trios or Kadlec Hospitals.

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
No

Region strengths:
PNWU students have worked hard and made a name for themselves in this region, surpassing all other medical students from other Universities in professionalism and performance.
This is a conservative region that will require you to dress and act professionally. Having 3 hospitals available for your rotations puts us at an advantage.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   17
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   16
Alumni in Residency Programs (Washington totals):   152
Alumni practicing in the regions (Washington totals):   86
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Washington totals):   50%

Why might a student choose this region over another?
If you are raised here or have some connections here you will have an awesome experience. Our preceptors are excited to teach students from this region and really go to extremes to accommodate you. We have virtually every rotation you would like and most preceptors will use you as a first assist. There is no standing around and shadowing in the Tri-Cities!

Additional information:
Come prepared to act professionally, work hard, and you will be given every advantage available to our student doctors.  

 

 



Yakima

Regional Assistant Dean:
Tom Eglin, MD
teglin@pnwu.edu
509-901-7788

Regional Site Administrator:
Amy Gaulke
agaulke@pnwu.edu
509-961-1545

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Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:
Yakima has several fitness facilities and a plethora of recreational activities for every season.  Wine tasting and craft breweries are in abundance in the region, as is a rapidly emerging foodie scene.  Summer brings regional fresh fruits and vegetables in the Farmer’s Markets.

Housing:
Students who end up in Yakima will already have housing from years 1-2. 

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Since the first PNWU class.


4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Cardio-thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Emergency
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Hospice/Palliative Care
  • Intensive Care
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Substance Abuse
  • Urology
  • Wound Care

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations: 40

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.): 13

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  27

Rotations that may provide inpatient experience:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Behavioral Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Family Medicine

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:

  • Pediatrics
  • Women’s Health

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Our students work with Residents, PA's and sometimes Nurse Practitioners.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
The Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program (CWFMR) is located in Yakima.  Students on their Family Medicine core with CWFMR will participate in didactics with residents.

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Some preceptors allow the student to use OMM on rotations and some students complete their OPP rotation on campus with the OPP faculty and second year students.

Didactic Information:
Yakima students volunteer to take on roles in planning didactics; whether it be topics, scheduling student presentations, coordinating visitor presentations, and/or planning social events.  The Yakima group meets weekly, on Wednesday afternoons.  Each meeting begins with a roundtable discussion about rotations, what students are working on, etc., and then the schedule is followed.  Didactics can include topic presentations, case presentations, board study questions, guest lecturers, skills practice such as suturing and/or Simms lab practice on campus, OMT practice and topic lectures by Dr. Eglin.  Great, interactive didactics.

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:
None provided

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?
No

Region strengths:
Familiarity with the Yakima community, excellent didactics, supportive community, Central Washington Family Medicine Residency.

Why might a student choose this region over another?
Family proximity, the community, rural medicine, etc.

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   20
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   19
Alumni in Residency Programs (Washington totals):   152
Alumni practicing in the regions (Washington totals):   86
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Washington totals):   50%

Additional information:
Huge variety of rotations, from busy hospital rotations to small rural clinics.



Walla Walla

Regional Assistant Dean:
Mathias Stroemel, MD
mstroemel@pnwu.edu
509-301-2254

Regional Site Administrator:
Sarah Thomas
sthomas@pnwu.edu
509-200-0386

Fitness/recreation areas available in the region:

  • YMCA
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Hiking
  • Biking/Running Club
  • Camping – Columbia and Snake Rivers
  • Wine tasting
  • Restaurants/dining
  • Local live theatres/symphony

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Housing:
This is a college town, so during the school year, rentals can be difficult to find.

 

Windermere: https://www.wallarentals.com/

Coldwell Banker: http://www.wallawallarentals.biz/

Choice Property Management: http://www.wallaliving.com/

Union Bulletin: http://classifieds.union-bulletin.com/wallawalla/rentals/search

Length of time region has been training with PNWU students:
Since July 2013

4th year electives that have been successful in this region depending on availability:   

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Ophthalmology
  • Urgent Care
  • Radiology
  • Neurology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Dermatology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Urology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Palliative Care

 

Number of preceptors credentialed with PNWU to teach CORE rotations:  26

D.O. preceptors in the region (approx.):  8

M.D. preceptors in the region (approx.):  18

Rotations that may provide inpatient experience:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Anesthesiology
  • Surgery
  • Women’s Health

Rotation challenges in the region based on availability:

  • OB/GYN
  • Surgery
  • OMM

Do students/learners from other schools rotate in the region?
Yes

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Yes - Nursing students, PharmD students, PA students, and sometimes medical students from other schools will be at the same teaching location.

Residencies available in the region that PNWU students are involved in (didactics, rotations, etc.):
No

Opportunities to practice OMM:
Occasionally as permitted by the preceptor.

Didactic Information:
Didactics are held every Thursday afternoon from 2-5 or 6 PM.  Didactics include:

  • Case presentations by students
  • Guest lectures with physicians
  • OSCE prep
  • COMLEX prep
  • Formal Case Presentations by students each month
  • Medical topic lectures and case study review
  • Hands on sessions (i.e. suture/knot tying, casting, High performance CPR, etc)
  • Portfolio development

Other learning opportunities in addition to PNWU didactics include:

  • Journal Club once a month from September - May
  • Friday noon lectures

Core (3rd year) rotations available within driving distance (1 hour or 50 miles) of the didactics site?  Most. Rotations are completed at any of the following locations: Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla Clinic, WA State Penitentiary, Yakima Family Farm Workers Clinic – Family Medical Center, Walla Walla VAMC, Dayton General Hospital, CHI St. Anthony Hospital (Pendleton), Tri-State Memorial Hospital (Clarkston), Valley Medical Center/St. Joseph Regional Hospital (Lewiston)

Region strengths:
 

  • Enthusiastic and dedicated team of preceptors, RAD and RSA
  • Active monthly Journal Club

Why might a student choose this region over another?

  • Small town community – no traffic!
  • Friendly touristy/college town vibe
  • Personalized learning
  • Enthusiastic preceptors
  • Rural medicine opportunities
  • Unique rotation opportunity at the WA State Penitentiary

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   8
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   8
Alumni in Residency Programs (Washington totals):   152
Alumni practicing in the regions (Washington totals):   86
% of PNWU-COM matriculations from regions (Washington totals):   50%

Additional information:
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!