Caring for communities in the Pacific Northwest
A community-based residency serving, and training to serve, the primary care needs of Northwest Washington.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know your new program will succeed?
From its inception, our Family Medicine Residency program was designed to fulfill a specific mission supported by our community, our sponsoring institution, and the state of Washington. Regarding funding, $1.5 million was pledged by the local community (via the Harrison Foundation) with another $700,000 provided by the Washington State Legislature. Combined with the commitments to teaching from every major local medical group, we have the utmost confidence in our ability to sustain a robust training program.
What procedures will you teach residents?
We have faculty who perform a variety of procedures, including: minor skin procedures (biopsies, excisions, cryotherapy); colposcopy & cervical biopsy; intrauterine device placement/removal; endometrial biopsy; vasectomy; Nexplanon placement/removal; first trimester obstetric ultrasound; and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). Elective time is available to train in procedures not performed within our Family Medicine practice.
If your parent organization is Catholic Health Initiatives, will there be limits on women’s health and reproductive services?
No. CHI Franciscan Health’s Harrison Medical Center retains its secular status and offers a wide spectrum of reproductive health services.
Will I have an opportunity to do “away” rotations?
Yes, within the limits placed upon us by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Usually, one 4-week elective in the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years is available for “away” rotations. Limitations on time away are in place to maintain continuity within the Family Medicine practice.
Will you accept applications from international medical graduates?
Yes. Graduates from recognized international schools are welcome to apply so long as they have satisfied ECFMG requirements. As of this time, however, we are not equipped to offer visa sponsorship. All international medical graduates applying must be United States citizens or permanent residents to be considered.
Are there rotations at hospitals other than CHI Franciscan Health’s Harrison Medical Center?
Yes. To ensure appropriate acuity of pediatric training cases, a four-week Hospital Medicine rotation and a four-week Emergency Medicine rotation are scheduled at Seattle Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years respectively. Housing arrangements will be provided so travel to and from Bremerton isn’t necessary on a daily basis.
What is your program looking for in a resident?
We are looking for residents who are hardworking, adventurous, and willing to help the faculty, hospital and community create a superior residency program. The first class, matriculating in July 2018, will be instrumental in shaping curricular and administrative changes by providing real-time feedback to program faculty and administrators. Additionally, this will be the first class, which sets the standard for interaction with community preceptors and provides leadership for subsequent classes in 2019 and 2020.
What is the schedule for didactic presentations?
Each Thursday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. is dedicated to didactic instruction. Content area lecture presentations, procedural training workshops, practice management activities, board review sessions, and maintenance of certification activities will be provided during these sessions. Faculty will review periodically the available topics and tailor them to residents’ needs.
Are there high-quality schools in the area for my children?
Learn more about all that Bremerton has to offer at the City of Bremerton website.
Does your program have a maximum time since medical school graduation after which you will not consider applicants?
We do not review applicants who are greater than 5 years from their medical school graduation date.
Does your program have a “minimum passing score” for USMLE/NBOME tests?
If applicants have passed the appropriate examinations (USMLE or NBOME), we do not exclude based upon an arbitrary score cutoff.
Will your program consider applicants who have failed USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, or Step 2 CS?
Board scores are an important indicator of knowledge, but we recognize there are sometimes factors other than knowledge/intelligence that affect testing performance. We will consider applicants who 1) have failed no more than one attempt on each Step Exam and 2) have failed no more than 2 times total. Applicants with 3 or more unsuccessful attempts in any combination will not be considered.
Does your program have specific requirements for Letters of Recommendation?
We request no fewer than three (3) Letters of Recommendation. Letters should reflect a physician’s interpretation of your ability to function as a resident physician. Personalized letters reflecting a long-term association are always valued highly. At least one (1) Letter of Recommendation should be from a Family Physician.
If you did not find the answer to your question here or in the additional Frequently Asked Questions PDF, feel free to contact us.