Clinical Rotation - Mt. Vernon

Clinical Rotation - Mt. Vernon

Regional Site Staff

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

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

Demographic Information

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

Preceptor/Rotation Information

4thyear 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.

Didactics Information

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

Additional Information

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 COMAT’s 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!