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Training & Education

The Patient-Centered Medical Home

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition allows a practice to identify themselves as being successful in aligning with the tenets of an NCQA-Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home. A true PCMH embodies an orientation toward comprehensive care for the whole person, a systems-based approach to both quality of care and safety in addition to providing the necessary care coordination within the medical neighborhood. The goals of a PCMH are intended to enhance the patient experience, improve quality of care and reduce healthcare costs. Because the Swedish Family Medicine Program has been recognized by the NCQA, incoming residents and interns will have the opportunity to train at the leading edge of family medicine.

How Our Program Works

The Swedish Family Medicine Center (SFMC) residency program was set up to model the daily life of a family physician. This is accomplished by the extensive time commitment to patient care at the SFMC throughout the three years of the residency, and through a single integrated Inpatient Service (IPS). The IPS provides the continuity opportunities of non-rotational programs, but retains the strengths of in-depth exposure to different disciplines inherent in traditional rotational programs. This longitudinal training style gives the resident real-life exposure to the broad concerns of a family medicine provider.

The residents spend approximately 40% of their time at the SFMC beginning their first year, learning to provide patient care in the context of family and community in a truly continuous fashion. Residents are expected to demonstrate an awareness of the ethical, moral and legal values of practicing family medicine, while communicating professionally and effectively with their patients, staff, peers and others involved with patient care.

Our program maximizes educational time with family physicians, provides an early emphasis on ambulatory training, and offers a training model which provides a more realistic approximation of real-life family medicine than traditional specialty-based rotational models. Residents and faculty see their own patients at the office during two to five half-day blocks per week. Faculty attendings are readily available as preceptors with a ratio of 3 residents to 1 preceptor.

Team-based Training and Support

Using the concept of resident teams our program provides continuity care here at the SFMR office. There are four teams, each with at least one resident from each program year. These teams provide coverage for each other when a team member is unavailable for any reason. As a result, the office functions more like a group practice than a traditional residency clinic.

Community Based Medical Education

Swedish Family Medicine Center, supported by Swedish Medical Center, operates as a private group practice providing coverage and care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents share call coverage with the support of faculty as their back up. Teaching activities include direct observation, resident/faculty interaction, small group seminars, review of video-taped patient encounters, and chart review. Family medicine faculty members, residents and community attendings (representing many other specialties) present primary care-oriented didactic sessions every Thursday afternoon during dedicated educational time.