​Extraordinary Training

Building a world-class residency training program takes a rich and supportive community. Family Medicine Residency of Southwest Washington (FMSW) partners with exceptional organizations, hospitals, networks and universities in order to provide residents with exceptional training and the tools to build their careers and individual professional networks.

Program Affiliations

University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network

​Family Medicine of Southwest Washington joins 20 residency programs throughout the Pacific Northwest to comprise the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network (WWAMI). This affiliation combines ​the benefits of sharing of resources, problem solving and information, with the independence to design and implement a unique curriculum and program style.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

FMSW is sponsored by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center (PHSW). Founded in 1858, PHSW has a proud tradition as the oldest medical institution west of the Rocky Mountains. PHSW is a non-profit organization and is governed by a community board of directors. Ongoing expansion and renovation projects have implemented state-of-the art technologies that enable PHSW to remain a leader in regional healthcare. Attributes of the Medical Center include:

  • 442-bed community hospital
  • 6 time winner of the “Top 100 Hospitals in the United States” award
  • Level II trauma
  • Level II nursery
  • Active family birth center with over 5,000 deliveries per year
  • Second busiest emergency department in the state, with over 100,000 visits per year
  • Academically affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine

PeaceHealth Southwest provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical and surgical services. Over 3,200 employees and nearly 600 active medical staff members support 32 distinct medical specialty services and programs, which include:

  • Cancer services
  • Emergency services
  • Family birth center
  • Heart services
  • Musculoskeletal services
  • Primary care

Patient-Centered Medical Home

A FMSW is a federally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the PCMH model has the potential to transform primary care and improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. health care.

Since 2004, Family Medicine of Southwest Washington has enjoyed the U.S. federal PCMH designation and is dedicated to fostering the PCMH environment through teaching and living. The PCMH designation requires rigorous standards in quality improvement and an advanced and open access care model. The PCMH model at FMSW includes:

  • Team Care pods, protocol-driven for standardized processes
  • Disease Management and Chronic Care Model programs including anticoagulation, diabetes and asthma Management, and medical management of chronic pain
  • Group visits for diabetes patients
  • Washington State Learning Collaborative participation 2008-2009 for development of pediatric PCMH model for ADHD and other childhood mental health disorders
  • Selection by Washington State Learning Collaborative to develop the PCMH model in a 2 year outcomes-based quality project
  • Large “capitated” Medical Managed Care patient panel, including commercial state and federal insurers
  • Expertise in teaching coding and documentation and clinical time management
  • Practicing success principles articulated in the Health Care Reform legislation

Scholarly Activity

Scholarly activity is an important component of the residency program at FMSW. Residents have the opportunity to present research at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) conferences, as well as to PeaceHealth staff as a part of Continuing Medical Education (CME). Below is a non-exhaustive list of research and presentations by core faculty as well as residents:


  • “PazSalud El Salvador Health Mission” – Satterberg, R3, AAFP - Baltimore, MD
  • “Work Flow Improvement on Maternal Child Health Services” – McAbee, R3, STFM - San Diego, CA
  • “Adolescent Obesity Intervention Among High Schools in Vancouver, WA” – Morris, R2, STFM - San Antonio, TX
  • “Unsolved Mysteries: A case of fever of unknown origin” – Donaldson, R3 and Enriquez, R3, CME - Vancouver, WA
  • “Caught Between a Block and a Hard Place: A doctor’s dilemma in acute stroke management” – Adamek, R3 and Phelps, R3, CME - Vancouver, WA
  • “A Case of Abdominal and Chest Pain” – Satterberg, R3 and Shanks, R3, CME - Vancouver, WA
  • “An Unusual Case of Appendicitis” – McAbee, R3 and Gobble, R2, CME - Vancouver, WA


  • “Faith-Based Medical Service Trip to Papua with Medical Students and Residents” – Baker, MD, AAFP
  • “Patient Preferences for Weight Loss in Primary Care” – Linares, MD, NAPCRG
  • “What is the Best Treatment for a Dorsal Wrist Ganglion” – Smith, MD, Linares, MD and Salvadori, MD, FPIN
  • “Glucosamine and Chondritin for Osteoarthritis” – Paik, MD, Benedick, MD and Baker, MD, FPIN
  • “Making a Medical Home Truly Patient-Centered Through the Use of Motivational Interviewing” – Wheelock, MD, Prest, MD and Nusser, MD, STFM
  • “Training Family Medicine Residents in HIV Primary Care: A national survey of program directors” – Nusser, MD, STFM
  • “Expanding HIV Care within Family Medicine Residencies: Developing HIV curricula toward mastery of core competencies” – Nusser, MD, STFM
  • “Work Flow Improvement on Maternal Child Health Services” – Linares, MD, STFM

Curriculum                                Areas of Concentration                                On-site Specialty Clinics​​​​