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Our Residents

Our residents come to our program with great diversity. They come from all parts of the country and with a broad range of experiences. What they have in common is a commitment to excellence and a desire to make the health care system better. This commonality is palpable throughout the program and is visible in the work the graduates do once they leave the program.

Welcome! On behalf of the faculty, residents, and staff of the Department of Medical Education at Providence Portland Medical Center, we are glad you are visiting our site. The people here in our program thoughtfully maintain our enriching culture and exciting learning environment which makes this an exceptional place to develop during residency training. With a history of many decades on our campus, our program is a centerpiece of our vibrant tertiary care medical center. Together, our residents and faculty work with shared purpose to deliver excellent and innovative care for the patients and community we serve.

Message from the Chief Resident

Hello there! I’m so glad you are considering Providence Portland for your residency training.

Providence Portland Medical Center is a truly special place. When I started here three years ago, I remember biking to work each day in the crisp, fresh Portland air, almost unable to believe my luck. To this day, I am still so grateful to work here.

Providence Portland is a tertiary care hospital in central NE Portland. We are a referral center for the large Providence Health system which includes approximately 51 hospitals and 800 clinics across 7 states. As one of Providence Oregon’s largest hospitals, we care for a complex & varied patient population. Given Providence Portland’s central location within the city, our accessibility to the community draws a wide variety of interesting and undifferentiated medicine cases. In addition, as a referral center, we routinely care for the complicated sequela of COPD, heart failure, ischemic heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, and various GI pathology including GI bleeding and severe pancreatitis. Residents especially enjoy their time in our high acuity ICU, where they are mentored by a brilliant team of critical care doctors and manage everything from overdose to ECMO. On the wards, residents enjoy training from a team of hospitalist educators who are selected specifically to teach residents. And our primary care clinic, a patient centered medical home, is located on the hospital campus, which allows for ease of continuity between inpatient and outpatient. One of the things that makes PPMC so special, is the combination of excellent evidence-based medicine & supportive, close-knit community you will experience here.

Based on resident feedback about the difficulty of balancing inpatient and outpatient medicine, we currently have a 4+2 schedule. Residents spend 2 weeks on an integrated outpatient experience that combines our continuity clinic and a subspecialty clinic, called an “iBlock”. The iBlock curriculum affords residents the flexibility to focus on their outpatient panels and experience an outpatient subspecialty practice without distractions. This format is both beneficial for work life balance, and is more closely reflective of “real life” contemporary medical practice. As an added bonus, residents rotate through these iBlocks in cohorts longitudinally. They share in structured didactics on evidence based medicine and the quality improvement curriculum, which allows for further community building. For budding subspecialists, the iBlocks also afford time for residents to develop a longitudinal relationship with a subspecialist as a part of “Shared Practice” where residents can further cultivate their passion for medicine.

In addition to our innovative iBlock longitudinal curriculum, PPMC has a distinct focus on providing a robust academic environment. Core pillars of our program include daily noon conference, resident report, weekly grand rounds, an EKG curriculum, City Wide ID lectures, and monthly journal club. Residents develop their own teaching skills with frequent opportunities to lecture at resident report, M&M, and Complex Case Conference. Residents who express interest in further developing their own skills as clinician educators can participate in a directed “Residents As Teachers,” development track & certificate program. Residents also serve as mentors & teachers to the medical students from OHSU, Washington State University, & other area programs that rotate on our inpatient services. Finally, residents all participate in one academic endeavor during their time here which can be as simple as presenting a poster at a local conference. And each year, many residents far exceed this requirement, choosing to invest time in preparing and publishing case reports, clinical reviews, and novel research with mentors in the PPMC family. Attendance at national conferences & local meetings is a regular occurrence. Additionally, we offer special away rotations to countries such as Uganda and Guatemala.

And last but not certainly not least, while we are a program that champions strong academics, we are also a place that understands the importance of wellbeing, rest, and balance. Mentorship and supportive relationships develop organically at PPMC. And in a more structured way, as first years, residents are paired with faculty mentors and resident buddies for support. We encourage a culture of openness & support. Monthly, residents meet with their classes for a confidential peer support lead by a psychiatrist faculty member and access to one-on-one counseling is also always available. In addition, residents participate in an entire wellness week at the end of intern year. This special week is a time for residents to rest, bond, and learn tools to support their wellbeing. Finally Providence is a great organization to work for with generous leave and benefits policies.

At PPMC you will find a rare combination of excellent academics, top-tier medicine & supportive community all located in a beautiful city. It is truly a special place to work and train. I’m so glad you are considering joining our team & residency family. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Emma White, MD
Chief Resident, 2020-2021