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community leaders

We encourage our residents to become leaders within our hospital and in our larger medical community. The Resident Community Engagement Committee (RCEC) meets regularly to create and enhance opportunities for residents to rotate in clinics that meet the needs of underserved populations that are part of our larger care network. Some of these experiences have included rotating at Federally Qualified Health Centers such as the Virginia Garcia clinics, the Southwest Community Health Center and the Neighborhood Health Center.

Resident Quality Improvement (QI) projects offer residents an opportunity to participate within our community and advocate for our patients to have improved access to resources that address the social determinants of health. One such QI project connected our patients with a community resource desk through Providence that allowed us to engage locally and further our patient’s care.

Our residents are involved in advocacy work through the American College of Physicians (ACP) working both locally and nationally. Multiple residents and faculty participated in the inaugural Oregon ACP Advocacy Day in May of 2020 in Salem. Other residents have participated in ACP Leadership Day with the in Washington, DC, a chance to meet with the decision makers and learn firsthand about healthcare advocacy. We encourage our residents to further this work including signing up for and participating in internships with ACP and other organizations doing this important work.