Areas of Concentration

Family Medicine of Southwest Washington currently offers two areas of concentration, or AOCs. AOCs provide an opportunity for residents to focus in a particular area of interest during their 2nd and 3rd year of residency.  Residents who select an AOC will be mentored by a faculty with similar interest and will use a designated amount of elective time to focus in their chosen area. Residents who choose an AOC will also be mentored in scholarly activity and have opportunities to participate in longitudinal curriculum related to their AOC. Residents will also have access to Continuing Medical Education pertinent to the particular AOC.

Current AOCs offered include*:

Musculoskeletal and Sports/Exercise Medicine (MSK/SEM)

Electives include:

  • Orthopedics clinic
  • Cast room
  • MSK/SEM clinic
  • Ski clinic
  • Rotations at prospective fellowship programs, and others approved by faculty mentor.

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kevin deWeber is a board-certified Sports Medicine and Family Physician.

Additional Longitudinal Experiences:

  • Serve as Team Physician for a local sports team during one season, attending at least all home games.
  • Assist with Physical Fitness Exams at Clark College
  • Acquire knowledge of basic MSK Ultrasound per Dr. deWeber

Continuing Medical Education:

Attend a national meeting of American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, or American Osteopathic Society of Sports Medicine in R2 and/or R3 year(s).


Maternal Child Health (MCH)

Electives include:

  • High Risk OB/Maternal Fetal Medicine:  includes 2-4 week of inpatient High Risk OB at Legacy and two weeks of outpatient Maternal Fetal Medicine.
  • 1-2 weeks of NICU/Special Care Nursery

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nusser is a board certified Family Physician with a special interest in obstetrics and maternal/child care.

Additional Longitudinal Experiences:

  • 80 vaginal deliveries documented in NI
  • 20 C-section assists
  • 15 continuity deliveries (these can also be counted as part of the 80/20 noted above)
  • Acquire knowledge of basic OB Ultrasound
  • Participation in additional MCH call as needed during the R-3 year. Frequency will be determined by the Chief Residents.
  • Participation in OB review committee. 50% attendance is expected.

Continuing Medical Education:

  • Complete Maternity Care Self Assessment Module
  • ALSO course

*FMSW is currently developing curriculum for concentration in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, HIV, Community Medicine and Public Health, Behavioral Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Faculty Development and offers the option to create your own.