Clinical Rotation - Spokane

Clinical Rotation - Spokane

Regional Site Staff

Regional Assistant Dean:
Randy Poncher, MD

Regional Site Administrator:
Jessica Moorman
4th year & visiting students


Regional Site Administrator:
Kandis Villa
3rd year students

Demographic Information

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.

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.

Preceptor/Rotation Information

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:

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

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

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.

Didactics Information

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).

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.

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

Additional Information

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.