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Supporting Our Mission

The mission of the St Peter Family Medicine Chehalis Rural Training Program is to train the next generation of family physicians to practice evidence- and team- based family medicine with compassion, empathy and curiosity, in order to prepare them for a sustainable lifelong career caring for the underserved, the poor and the vulnerable.

In our program:

  • We believe that all patients deserve excellent, compassionate care.
  • We believe that Family Physicians should be leaders in healthcare and their communities and advocates for social justice.
  • We believe that team-based interdisciplinary care is essential in primary care.
  • We believe that physicians need to also care for themselves and their own families to be able to care for others.
  • We believe in maintaining high expectations for our residents in order to optimize their growth during this critical period of preparation, and provide a high level of enthusiastic support for residents to rise to the challenge

History

Dr. Lee and Dr. Lambrecht started working at Providence Chehalis Family Medicine in 2014 with the aim of forming a Rural Training Track of the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency. The Chehalis Rural Training Program became accredited per the ACGME in 2015, a year earlier than planned and has since been highlighted several times by the local media and regional University of Washington GME (WWAMI) network for its rural community care and interdisciplinary innovations. Originally a 2 resident per class program, it later expanded to 3 residents per class. Dr. Steven Elrod, Pharm D, and Erica Dennehy, LISCW, joined the faculty in 2015. After expanding to 3 residents, Dr. Anna Maria Pletz joined as core faculty.