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Our Mission

Each year, Providence invests approximately $3 million to the Family Medicine Residency Program. In almost 30 year more than 150 residents have graduated from the program and continued to serve local communities.

At the Providence St. Peter Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program our mission is to train our residents in five specific areas:

Care of the Underserved

As a Family Medicine Residency Program affiliated with the Sisters of Providence Health System, we are committed to providing care for the underserved. We serve a large disadvantaged population in our practice and promote this core value in our residents' future practices.

Training For Full Scope Family Practice For Rural Southwest Washington

We train residents for rural and small town practice, particularly for southwest Washington. A rural family practice month is required in each of the three years of training.

Family-centered Maternity Care

Our curriculum provides four months of obstetrics during our training program. This includes three months in the first year and one month in the second year, covering labor and delivery, learning labor management of high and low risk OB, surgical skills, and outpatient management of low risk obstetrics. Residents provide maternity care in their own practice throughout their training and participate in adolescent OB clinic in the third year.

Personal and Professional Balance

We promote personal and professional balance for our residents. Three weeks of vacation are provided each year. There is an annual all-resident retreat, as well as a retreat at the conclusion of the first year of training. Support groups meet twice a month as an ongoing source of resident support and growth. Our Resident Wellness Committee sponsors social activities and stress management workshops.

Quality and Innovation

We have been selected to participate in national grants and collaboratives that are redesigning patient care as we know it.

Our History

About 30 years ago, the Olympia community demand was in primary care. In 1991, a local group created the St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program to meet the needs of the community. Since then, St. Peter Family Medicine has been the leader of implementing Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and serving Olympia and the surrounding areas. Residency clinic was the first clinic to incorporate behavioral health into primary care in the community. Ultimately, a PGY2 Ambulatory Pharmacy Residency was established in 2012 and Chehalis Rural Track Program started in 2015.

Most recently, another rural training in Elma Summit Pacific Family Medicine Rural Track Training in collaboration with Summit Pacific Medical Center was started in summer 2020.

Coming up soon, a dental residency program will start in 2021.