Family Medicine of Southwest Washington (FMSW) is an unopposed community-based family medicine program committed to providing its residents with a broad based curriculum in a rich learning environment with an emphasis on fostering individual ownership and responsibility for patient care decisions through guided mentorship. The core inpatient rotations at PeaceHealth Southwest occur during FMSW inpatient teaching services, which are managed by senior residents and supervised by residency program core faculty. While attending for the inpatient services, faculty’s sole responsibility is teaching and oversight of the service. This provides a high level of interaction and collaboration to encourage resident learning. The remainder of inpatient education is conducted by community attendings on specialty rotations such as Cardiology, GI, OB and Critical Care/ICU.

Longitudinal Curriculum

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Most rotations are located at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, while some are held in offices within easy commuting distance, facilitating noon didactic attendance and ready clinic access.  An exception is Inpatient Pediatrics during the R1 year. This rotation is held at Randall Children's Hospital (located at Legacy Emanuel in Portland Oregon, 11 miles from Vancouver). Randall Children's Hospital is a tertiary care, high-volume referral center for pediatrics. 


Residents will be continuously evaluated for their knowledge, skills and attitudes in both the inpatient and out-patient settings. Evaluations are done at the end of each rotation and longitudinally. Evaluations are both competency and milestone based, as defined by the ACGME.

On-site Specialty Clinics

In addition to continuity clinics, the Family Medicine of Southwest Washington (FMSW) residency program includes numerous on-site specialty clinics. Specialty clinics allow residents to gain hands-on experience through responsibility combined with active mentorship.