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Message from our Chief Resident

We are excited that you are considering Providence Portland Medical Center (PPMC) for your internal medicine residency. Over the last three years I have had the immense privilege of training in an outstanding clinical program in a friendly, welcoming environment. Since I arrived here, I have felt at home and I know you will too. We are a community-academic program with a rare combination of excellent teaching, hands-on training, top-tier medicine, and supportive community all located in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

Providence Portland is a tertiary care hospital in central NE Portland. As one of Providence Oregon’s largest hospitals, we care for a complex and varied patient population which includes people from all backgrounds and income levels. Given Providence Portland’s central location within the city, our accessibility to the community often draws interesting and undifferentiated medicine cases. We also receive referrals and transfers from surrounding communities for hours in each direction through the large system of Providence Health, which includes 51 hospitals and 800+ clinics across 7 states.

On the wards, residents enjoy training from a team of hospitalist educators who are selected to teach residents. We have a “progressive wards” structure which allows for the development of autonomy. Residents especially enjoy their time in our high acuity ICU, where they manage critically ill patients with our excellent pulmonary critical care physicians and mentors. Procedural training is widely available, and our residents can complete a high volume of procedures including central lines, intubations, arterial lines, paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, etc. Our primary care clinic is a patient centered medical home located on the hospital campus, which allows for ease of continuity between inpatient and outpatient. We pride ourselves on preparing our trainees to confidently practice in any environment following graduation through strong clinical experiences.

Our program uses the 4+2 schedule, which was a positive change made in response to resident feedback. 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 subspecialty practice without distractions. This format is both beneficial for work life balance and is more closely reflective of “real life” contemporary medical practice. Residents rotate through these iBlocks in longitudinal cohorts and share in structured didactics on evidence-based medicine, clinical teaching, and quality improvement curriculum. For budding subspecialists, the iBlocks also afford time for a “Shared Practice” where residents can gain experience with a specified mentor in a field of their choosing.

PPMC has a distinct focus on providing a robust academic environment. Core learning activities 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 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 and certificate program. Residents at PPMC serve as mentors and teachers to the medical students from OHSU, Washington State University, and other area programs that rotate on our inpatient services. Many residents choose to invest time publishing case reports, clinical reviews, quality improvement projects, and novel research with mentors in the PPMC family. Attendance and participation in regional and national conferences is a regular occurrence. Additionally, we offer a special international medicine rotation to Kabale, Uganda teaching and practicing at a medical school.

Last, but not least, we are a place that understands the importance of wellbeing, rest, and balance. We encourage a culture of openness and 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 always available. Residents are paired with a mentor at the beginning of their training who acts as a liaison between you and your goals. Our residents also frequently spend time together outside of the clinical setting exploring the great Pacific Northwest. 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. Additionally, Providence is a great organization to work for with generous leave and benefits.

I am so glad you are considering joining our team and residency family. I look forward to meeting you!

Brandon Temte, DO, MA
Chief Medical Resident, 2021-2022