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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes St Vincent's special?

“The support you get from the faculty, staff and co-residents. It's kind of overwhelming in the beginning, which is a good thing.” Stephanie Barayuga, 2021 graduate

“Perfect middle ground between academic center and community hospital. Great training and medical care in a friendly and compassionate environment.” Gabe Hocum, PGY-3

“The people who work here. I have made lifelong friendships during residency, and love the family-like atmosphere of the program.” Leah Grant, 2021 graduate

“The people. I know the nurses, attendings, consults, most of the time on a first name basis. We easily collaborate together. Joanna Bove, PGY-3

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Why did you choose this program for residency?

“Going into interviews I felt confident in my strength as an applicant with good board scores, etc. however I felt that at St. Vincent the faculty were very interested in who I am as a person, which was refreshing and important to me.” (Gabe Hocum, PGY-3)

“I felt welcome here on my interview day, and I liked the style of an academic-focused community program with a multitude of resources.” (Leah Grant, 2021 graduate)

“I could tell that people here truly love what they do and the environment is supportive.” Leah Grant, 2021 graduate

“Seemed like a very supportive program/faculty, happy residents, unique ACU structure, and good opportunities for the potential fellowships I am interested in.” Jillian Catral, 2021 graduate

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How do you feel about Providence’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

“I think that we responded quickly in terms of getting universal masking underway. We were given the opportunity to work with COVID patients in the ICU during the first month or so of the pandemic, which was very interesting for me personally.” Joanna Bove, PGY-3

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What do you like about clinic?

“As a second year who has no intention of going into primary care, I really like our clinic. We don't use the X+Y schedule here, which when I was interviewing, I thought was a red flag but trusted that it must be this way for a reason. Now that I am here, I see the benefit of continuity of care. Even 14 months into the program I have already developed strong relationships with many of my clinic patients. This requires regular follow up which is much more feasible in our system. Overall, we take a slight burden of inconvenience for better quality and more satisfying patient care in our clinic, which to me is worth it.” (Gabe Hocum, PGY-3)

“The patients are really nice and very welcoming to new residents. They are invested in your training as much as the program and faculty are. There also a lot of resources that make our clinic run smoothly, which is really helpful.” Stephanie Barayuga, 2021 graduate

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What do you like about the wards?

“We have a great and caring hospitalist group that helps us learn the essentials about hospital medicine and efficiency.” PGY-3

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What do you like about the ICU?

“Great attendings, lots of opportunities to do procedures, great nursing staff.” Joanna Bove, PGY-3

“Our ICU rotation is one of the best. Although it is a bit intimidating at first you quickly learn that it is an excellent learning environment as you are so well supported. A great bonus of our ICU is that there are no fellows, so when it comes time for procedure you are first in line. I have quickly accumulated a good amount of experience in performing central line placement, intubation, paracentesis, arterial line placement, thoracentesis, and lumbar puncture.” (Gabe Hocum, PGY-3)

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What is your favorite rotation and why?

“The ICU rotation is my favorite because I enjoy working with our ICU attendings and critical care nurses. As we do not have a fellowship program, the residents have more opportunities to perform and become proficient in procedures.” (Leah Grant, 2021 graduate)

“ICU, get a lot of independence and you get to see a lot of interesting pathology. Furthermore, the ICU nurses are amazing and can teach you anything.” Joanna Bove, PGY-3

“Palliative care because you get the chance to really spend time with people at the hardest crossroads of their lives.” Daphne Sy, 2021 graduate

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Why have we not gone to x+y?

“Continuity is important to me and with an x + y you won’t get the same continuity as if you had clinic every week. Having clinic once a week isn't that bad.” Stephanie Barayuga, 2021 graduate

“We lose a lot of flexibility with X+Y and there are other alternative changes we are exploring which may work better for our residents.” Jillian Catral, 2021 graduate

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How are residents voices heard?

“We have resident meetings every two months with program leadership, and Dr. Leonard listens to our concerns and makes changes if needed. For example, last year we got rid of the 28 hour weekend call on wards after several resident meetings discussing the matter.” (Leah Grant, 2021 graduate)

“We have monthly meetings with our program director. I personally email the program director whenever i have a question or concern, and she always follows-up with a plan.” “Our chief resident(s) are very accessible and willing to support residents.” Joanna Bove PGY-3

“We have regular meetings to discuss wants/needs of the program and have responsive faculty who deeply care about us and the program. All major issues are discussed as a team with residents and faculty and we work together to come up with solutions.” (Gabe Hocum, PGY-3)

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What do you do when not working?

“I spend a lot of time hanging with my coworkers who are also my best friends. We like to go to out to eat/happy hour. I also liked to go to concerts and movies (pre-COVID) and hiking. This summer I have really liked going to Sandy River and the beach at Vancouver, WA.” (Leah Grant,2021 graduate)

“Video games, crafts, knitting, crochet, novels.” Daphne Sy, 2021 graduate

“Cooking, hiking, more recently rock climbing.” Jillian Catral, 2021 graduate

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What do you like most about living in the PNW?

“Portland and the Pacific NW are a great place to live with something for everyone. Portland is packed with culture including great food, art and music. Personally, I am a big music lover and frequently go to shows at the numerous unique venues in Portland (pre-COVID) and browse the varied record stores. Outside of music and food there is world class outdoor adventures at your fingertip.” (Gabe Hocum, PGY-3)

“The opportunity to do so many things outdoors, being from Kansas.” (Leah Grant, 2021 graduate)

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