Incredible Resident Lifestyle

The Family Medicine of Southwest Washington (FMSW) curriculum and call schedule are structured to allow residents opportunity for personal reflection, relaxation and rejuvenation. Our curriculum is designed around compliance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education 80-Hour Rule. However, FMSW recognizes the demanding nature of life in residency and offers the following programs and opportunities to encourage our residents to "find their voice" in their roles as doctors, individuals, and members of their family and community.

Mt. Hood Ski Clinic

Residents have the option to substitute one day per year of orthopedic rotation to volunteer at Mt. Hood Ski Clinic. Residents also have the opportunity to volunteer at the ski clinic during their weekends and time off.

​Resident Support Groups

FMSW sponsors a monthly resident support group, facilitated by a practicing physician, who is a graduate of FMSW. Participation is highly encouraged and content is completely confidential among participants.

Weekend Winter Retreat

FMSW sponsors an off-campus All-Resident and Family Weekend Winter Retreat. To allow all residents to attend this special event, all call and service responsibilities are assumed by core faculty during this time.

Class-based Retreats

In addition to the Weekend Winter Retreat, FMSW Physician Residents go on annual retreats focused on a theme consistent with their stage of training.  R1 and R2 retreats are led by Layne Prest, PhD - the faculty member in charge of behavioral medicine training. These retreats are currently being held at Anderson Lodge - a rustic but comfortable lodge-esque retreat center in the hills above the Lewis River about an hour from PHSW. In addition to the goals below, residents spend quite a bit of time relaxing, eating good food, talking and enjoying the outdoors. The R3 retreat is led by Dr. Ruiz and takes place in a local venue.

R1 Retreat

The foci of this retreat includes preparing new interns for a successful first year, fostering an understanding of professional development, building support networks, and developing personal and professional goals for the R1 year.

R2 Retreat

The second year retreat is intended to prepare R2s for a successful transition to leadership roles they will be taking on, enhance interpersonal support and promote commitment for group renewal and growth.

R3 Retreat 

The R3 experience provides seniors the tools for engaging in the recruitment and job search cycle.​