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Message from our Chief Resident

We are so excited that you are considering Providence Portland Medical Center (PPMC) for your internal medicine residency. I’ve been fortunate to receive excellent training in my last three years here at this program, and hope that we can provide the same experience for you. Our program offers an excellent broad-based internal medicine education in the setting of a large tertiary care hospital with the resources of a major medical center and the close relationships of a community program. I’ve been happy to call this program home because of the warm and welcoming environment and passion for education amongst the residents and faculty here.

PPMC is a tertiary care hospital in central Northeast Portland. As one of 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 throughout the large system of Providence Health, which includes 51 hospitals and 800+ clinics across 7 states.

Our inpatient training is guided by a strong team of general medical education faculty as well as dedicated hospitalist clinician-educators, who work closely with us in taking care of a broad range of complex cases. We get the opportunity to work directly with the excellent critical care group in our ICU where we see a combination of medical, cardiac, neurologic, and surgical patients, as well as getting hands-on experience with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Since we don’t have fellows, residents have the opportunity for a high volume of procedural experience including intubations and placement of central and arterial lines, which is excellent preparation for those who wish to practice medicine in hospitals with an open ICU or those who plan to specialize in critical care. On the outpatient side our primary care clinic is a patient-centered medical home located on the hospital campus where residents manage their own continuity patient panel with a great support team including behavioral health, case management, pharmacy and nursing.

Our trainees are well prepared for a variety of careers from this strong foundation, with many taking jobs as hospitalists and primary care providers in the surrounding area. Those seeking further subspecialty training have a great record of matching into competitive fellowships in a variety of fields with the support of our specialists. We also encourage academic achievement with our residents regularly presenting posters at regional and national conferences, including financial help to cover travel expenses and allocated time for scholarly presentations.

We have a culture that fosters support, wellbeing, and balance between life and work. Our 4+2 block schedule means that you’ll never go too long without a weekend off. Our residents receive a generous allotment of vacation time as well as wellness half days to make medical appointments. We understand that your life keeps on going through your medical training and are here to support you through it.

What sets us apart is the bond within our residency community. Everyone here knows each other on a first name basis and spends time together outside of work, not only at program sponsored gatherings but also exploring all the fun things Portland has to offer. Over the years I have made lifelong friendships with my co-residents and I am so proud to call them my colleagues.

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

Laura Bennetts, MD

Chief Resident 2023-2024