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What is the affiliation that the Chehalis Rural Training Program has with St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program?

Residents at the Chehalis Rural Training Program complete their inpatient first year rotations with the residents at St. Peter Family Medicine Residency at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. There are many shared didactics, workshops and wellness events done together. Faculty from St. Peter Family Medicine Residency are preceptors in the Chehalis Family Medicine continuity clinic. This relationship provides residents the benefits of training in a small program with a larger support network within Providence. Residents get the opportunity to train in a larger hospital at Providence St. Peter Hospital and a smaller community hospital at Providence Centralia Hospital.

What is unique about the Chehalis Rural Training Program?

Our program offers family medicine residents the opportunity to train in a rural setting with an underserved population while also receiving training and education at two nearby acute hospitals. The diversity of training includes inpatient rotations with higher risk patients and a robust clinic with multiple specialty clinics including procedures and addiction medicine. We offer a rigorous program designed to train residents to become excellent family medicine physicians with the experience and knowledge to treat patients from all walks of life, providing lifesaving access to underserved populations while practicing the latest in evidence-based medicine. Please visit our curriculum highlights page.

What are we looking for in applicants?

We look for applicants who share in our mission to care for the underserved, poor and vulnerable and have demonstrated this through involvement throughout their experiences. A healthy community is a pillar of social justice. We believe that a community that has its health needs met is a good starting point to a more equal and productive society. We look for applicants who have demonstrated a strong work ethic and who continually strive for excellence. We believe hard work and high expectations with excellent support make for excellent physicians. Residents are given significant autonomy and therefore we seek out applicants who have an internal drive and take the initiative to make the most of their training. We look for applicants that are team players and want to train for family medicine of the future, still forming relationships with their patients but also paying attention to the population health initiatives that improve the health of communities. We seek applicants that want to utilize their team to help provide the best care to their patients. It is very important that our residents are open to receiving and giving feedback. We incorporate this feedback into curricular changes, our own faculty development and continuous improvement of the program. We are a small program and get to know our residents very well on a personal level and care for each other as family.

Where do I spend my first year?

Your continuity clinic will be in Chehalis at Providence Chehalis Family Medicine. Your entire first year hospital experience will be at the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA with a few rotations in the Centralia/Chehalis area.

Where do I need to live if I match with the Chehalis Rural Training Program?

You will need to live within 30 minutes of Providence Centralia Hospital and Providence St. Peter Hospital for your continuity deliveries. We have residents who live in the Centralia/Chehalis area, Rochester and Olympia throughout their training.

What are the lifestyle and recreational opportunities in Southwest Washington?

The Chehalis Rural Training Program is in Lewis County, Washington, centrally located to some of the most beautiful geographical and natural features in the Pacific Northwest. Chehalis is just a short drive from the state capitol, Olympia, and centered halfway between Seattle and Portland. Our residents and faculty have found the area to offer a beautiful relaxed atmosphere that is friendly for families and outdoor recreational hobbies like mountain biking, trail hiking, camping, skiing and snowboarding, and a short drive to the coastal Pacific Ocean. For more information read the Chehalis Community page.

How many residents and faculty are in the Chehalis Rural Training Program?

We have 3 family medicine residents per class. We have 5 core faculty. Please visit our Meet the Faculty and Residents page. Residents additionally work with community preceptors, faculty from St. Peter Family Medicine Residency and adjunct faculty from our specialty practices.

What are the salary and benefits?

Please visit the salary and benefits page under Resident Life.

How do I apply to Chehalis Rural Training Program?

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and register for the match through National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). The NRMP Match Number is - 3198120C1. Please make sure to look for this number when applying through ERAS and ranking in NRMP. Please look at the How to Apply Section.

How do I apply to St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program?

Applications for St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program are done separately from the Chehalis Rural Training Program. Please see their website.