Graduate Medical Education

Pacific Northwest University's College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) actively identifies opportunities for development and expansion of graduate medical education (GME) throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The PNWU-COM Graduate Medical Education Department (GME) provides support for residencies, sponsoring institutions, rural training tracks, and fellowships primarily in the PNWU-COM six-state region in the areas of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation, osteopathic education, faculty development, osteopathic recognition and program director support. Through collaborations with the  WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network, the Rural Training Track Collaborative, and other regional institutions/networks, the GME department works to establish, maintain, and grow residency placement opportunities for PNWU-COM students, as well as, provide a continuum of medical education promoting osteopathic principles and practice for UGME and GME, and continuing medical education (CME) for regional providers and learners. The Department of GME develops and delivers osteopathic workshops in the region and facilitates CME credits for applicable residency program activities. For additional information about our purpose and services, please click here.

Students: The Department of Graduate Medical Education works with Student Affairs and the Clinical Education Team to assist students with residency planning. Your internal resource with specific residency information is located here: Residency Planning Resources SharePointHave a residency question? Talk with us at Residency Talk Tuesdays in the BHH Foyer at lunchtime. Find out more on the Residency Inquiry page. 

*Please note, Residency Talk Tuesdays have been placed on hold until further notice.

Regional Residency Programs

^Osteopathic Recognition

PNWU/FMRN Collaboration

In 2015, Pacific Northwest University and the WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network (FMRN) formed a collaborative to assist regional family medicine residencies with ACGME osteopathic recognition and support AOA programs with the single accreditation process. FMRN is a network of 30 family medicine residencies spanning 5 states. The network is one of the largest residency networks in the United States.

Osteopathic Workshops

PNWU/FMRN offers several Osteopathic workshops for residency faculty, program directors, and residents. These workshops are presented at residency sites across the region in an effort to increase awareness and interest in Osteopathic medicine and help programs with osteopathic recognition. Find out more at Osteopathic Workshops.

GME Research / Scholarly Activity

The Department of GME Research assists residency programs with Accreditation for the Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements of scholarly activity and Osteopathic Recognition. The research facilitator provides guidance to the COM and residency programs to meet these requirements by providing tools, training, and support within the four main components of ACGME requirements publishing, presenting, and creating scholarly work, as well as, journal club activities. As a result, there's an improvement in their skill sets of evidence-based medicine, quality improvement, interpret and present current literature, critical analysis of literature, formal presentations, which can result in sound research design and scholarly activity.

  • ACGME Common Program Requirements
    • Publish
      • Publish an original research paper or abstract in a residency newsletter
      • Publish an op-ed in a local or state newspaper explaining the meaning and significance of a current public health concern
      • Publish a letter to the editor of a national medical journal analyzing results of a paper published
    • Present
      • Present a report of original research in local/state grand rounds or in a residency conference
      • Present a case study and literature review of a clinical problem in local/state grand rounds
      • Present the design and results of a clinical quality improvement project conducted in the residency practice in a residency conference
      • Serve as chair of local or state medical society committee; publish a report of that committee's accomplishments in a medical society newsletter
    • Create
      • Lead a local or state patient education conference series on care for a chronic condition
      • Describe the design, implementation, and effects of a patient education program on risk behavior or chronic disease management in a residency newsletter
      • Prepare an enduring curriculum for use in a residency program: conduct needs assessment, prepare objectives, activities, and evaluation, conduct and summarize results of a pilot implementation; present to the residency faculty for incorporation into ongoing curriculum
      • Develop and implement a program for patient self-care for chronic disease; present the outcomes in residency conference and publish a summary report in a residency newsletter
      • Prepare and present to faculty and peers a lecture on topic of interest based on a needs assessment and including goals, objectives, and evaluation

*To download this list of requirements, please click here and for additional details, please click here.

GME Outcomes

Residency Resources for Students