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Providence Hood River Family Medicine Residency Rural Training Program

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital

810 12th St, PO Box 149, Hood River, OR 97031

541-387-1954 / 425-647-6250

Hood River Rural Training Program

Our residency is designed to train full spectrum family physicians who are called to care for the needs of rural and underserved populations in the Northwest. We are a fully accredited ACGME 2-2-2 Rural Training Program. We are a collaborative program partnering with Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital as our sponsoring institution and One Community Health Migrant Community Health Center in Hood River, Oregon as our family medicine continuity clinic and Providence Milwaukie Family Medicine Residency as our sister urban partner.

Residents in the first year live in Portland and train alongside residents from our sister residency program, the Providence Milwaukie Family Medicine Residency.

In the second and third years, residents live in Hood River, OR, a beautiful and diverse rural community 70 miles east of Portland in the Columbia Rive r Gorge. Inpatient work is centered at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital with a full ER and an obstetrical unit that delivers over 400 babies a year.

In all three years, the residents have their continuity family medicine ambulatory practice at an affiliated Hood River based Federally Qualified Health Center, One Community Health. Residents return to Portland for two- to four-week blocks each year for higher volume rotations in obstetrics, adult medicine and desired electives.

Why Train Rurally?

Mt. Adams is the Cascade Volcano directly north of Hood River
Mt. Adams at Sunset - The Cascade Volcano directly North of Hood River on the Washington side

Rural communities depend on clinicians with a broad scope of skills to care for them and their families. Modern rural family physicians still require a breadth of training, experiences and mentorship that may not be available or easily supported in urban communities. Our rural residency program incorporates the rigors of academic-based training with real-world experience in a small community away from urban academic centers. Our hope is that program graduates end up practicing in small, rural communities and have the skills to care for a diverse patient population, maintain work-life balance and enjoy life-long learning.

Hood River Collage
Downtown Hood River after a December snowfall and Mt. Hood and the orchards of the Hood River Valley

2021-2022 Academic Year Residents & Staff - From Left to Right: Taylor Wrinkle, MD, PGY-1; Ben Coffey, MD, PGY-3; Liz Jex, Program Coordinator; Madeline Bierle, MD, PGY-3; Paola Candia, DO, PGY-1; Fernando Polanco, MD, PGY-2; Jessica Worrell, MD, PGY-2; Bob Gobbo, MD, Program Director