Clinical Rotation - Aberdeen

Clinical Rotation - Aberdeen

Regional Site Staff

Regional Assistant Dean:
Joseph Stengel, DO

Regional Site Administrator:
Melissa Guaderrama

Demographic Information

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

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 OR

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

Preceptor/Rotation Information

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?

Is there integration of other schools with PNWU students?
Occasional UW students on rural internal medicine rotations. 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.

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.

Didactics 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.

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?

Additional Information

Region strengths:

  • Rural underserved population
  • Hands on involvement
  • Frequent high-impact didactic noon conferences
  • Enthusiasm of preceptors and hospital administration
  • Active involvement by Regional Dean and Administrator

Why might a student choose this region over another?

  • High impact frequent didactics
  • Most rotations in close proximity to the hospital
  • Abundant hands on inpatient experience
  • Enthusiastic preceptors
  • Hospital and physician culture that emphasizes student involvement
  • Rural, under-served practice environment that is close to Olympia, Seattle, and Portland

Student/Resident Information:
Number of OMS3 Students Rotating in Region:   3
Number of OMS4 Students Rotating in Region:   4
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 talk to current students
  • We have had scheduling challenges due to several long-time preceptors leaving practice, but expect to have this addressed in the next few months
  • We value flexible, self-motivated, independent learners interested in rural underserved practice
  • Convenient location near the beaches and close enough to amenities of Seattle and Portland in a collegial rural atmosphere