Omak Rural Training Program
The MultiCare Omak Rural Training Program was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in November 2021 as a 1:2 program, with first year training at the Urban Site MultiCare Tacoma Family Medicine and the second and third years in Rural Omak, Washington working in a Fully Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Family Health Centers, and a Critical access Hospital, Mid-Valley Hospital. This program offers the best of both worlds as it combines the benefits of an Urban established Family Medicine program (since 1978) combined with the subsequent hands-on, real-world rural continuity experience. The intern year in Tacoma provides excellent training in the core clinical skills for family medicine, inpatient medicine, ICU care, inpatient pediatrics, NICU, high risk OB, and trauma-based emergency room care. In Tacoma there is the advantage of the volume and acuity of a regional referral center, and the breadth of pathology of a county of 938,000 population. In Omak, Washington, residents will obtain longitudinal continuity family medicine training by enthusiastic and experienced full spectrum Family Physician Faculty. There is strong local physician, hospital, and clinic support with opportunities in balancing inpatient and outpatient care, Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS), and endoscopy. Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak is the main critical access hospital licensed for 25 beds. Daily inpatient rounding time will allow residents to follow their assigned patients through the course of the inpatient stay, and to build skills in team leadership and rural multitasking as they then move onto their other scheduled activities for the day. The FQHC, Family Health Centers, s125 serves Okanogan County and parts of Douglas County, has six Medical Clinics, two pharmacies, four dental clinics and two mobile units that serve a rural population of close to 44,000.
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