Clinical Rotation - Yakima-Sunnyside/Wenatchee (Othello/Moses Lake*)

Clinical Rotation - Yakima-Sunnyside/Wenatchee (Othello/Moses Lake*)

Regional Site Staff

Regional Assistant Dean:
Tom Eglin, MD

Regional Site Administrator:
Amy Gaulke

Demographic Information

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.

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.

Preceptor/Rotation Information

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 rotations40

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?

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.

Didactics Information

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?

Additional Information

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.