Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program

In our community-based residency program, we train patient-centered, culturally-sensitive, compassionate family medicine physicians to provide quality care to the diverse patient population in Central Washington and beyond.

Our Residency Program

Our Residency program provides full spectrum Family Medicine training including OB, integrated behavioral health, osteopathic medicine, procedural training and inpatient pediatric and adult medicine.

Our Mission Statement

Our program is committed to academic excellence as demonstrated by its affiliation with the nation’s #2 ranked University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, and one of the newest osteopathic medical schools, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. Community physicians provide and teach state-of-the-art medicine in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.

In our community-based residency program, we train patient-centered, culturally-sensitive, compassionate family medicine physicians to provide quality care to the diverse patient population in Central Washington and beyond.

About Yakima

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COVID and the Director’s Response

I cannot fully describe operations at our institution without at least addressing our reaction and the history involved in our treatment of the coronavirus over the past few months.  It has been a challenge!

Initially we experienced a bit of panic, like others, when the numbers in Washington state began to climb and the morbidity and mortality rates began to escalate. Our preliminary response, due to the lack of personal protective equipment, was to isolate residents from interventions.  However, we soon realized that for our residents to receive the training necessary to manage their own patients now and in the future, it was vital they be allowed to participate. We partnered with Infectious Disease and the Hospitalist Department at Local Community Hospital and began working with them to develop protocols and safeguards for treating the patient population of Covid-19. We have been working tirelessly since then.

Our clinical experience went through a similar period of evolution as we adjusted to car and telehealth visits and managed the ever-changing patient billing issues.  New codes and protocols were developed and adjusted almost daily.  Communication strategies were designed in order to keep us current at a time when we had limited physical access to each other. We are happy to say that of the few residents exposed to Corona virus, none tested positive.  We attribute this outcome to our resident’s adherence to PPE protocols and the development of safeguards by our Sponsoring Institution.

As a program director I am very proud of the way our organization, residents and faculty have responded to the efforts that continue to help curtail the spread of this disease and their dedication to managing those who suffer from the consequences of it within our system.  The numbers were very high in our county; in fact, we had the highest case load per capita of any county in the Pacific Northwest, and at one point, higher than any county in the Western United States.  We have done well! and benefited from the collaborative educational experience as well as the stronger working relationship with our hospitalists.

The CHCW leadership team is very thankful to all those who have participated in educating our residents. We continue to struggle, although currently, cautiously, optimistic again that we have seen the peak of the 2nd wave of the disease within our community and slowly returning to a new normal.

Brandon Isaacs DO
Program Director/DIO