Swedish Family Medicine Residency Program

The Patient-Centered Medical Home

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition allows a practice to identify themselves as being successful in aligning with the tenets of an NCQA-Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home. A true PCMH embodies an orientation toward comprehensive care for the whole person, a systems-based approach to both quality of care and safety in addition to providing the necessary care coordination within the medical neighborhood. The goals of a PCMH are intended to enhance the patient experience, improve quality of care and reduce healthcare costs. Because the Swedish Family Medicine Program has achieved Level III recognition from NCQA, incoming residents and interns will have the opportunity to train at the very leading edge of family medicine.

How Our Program Works

Female resident in scrubs is sitting to the left, and a female doctor in a blue shirt is sitting to the right, discussing a medical chart and the intern's training.

The Swedish Family Medicine Center (SFMC) residency program was set up to model the daily life of a family physician. This is accomplished by the extensive time commitment to patient care at the SFMC throughout the three years of the residency, and through a unique, single, integrated Inpatient Service (IPS). The IPS provides the continuity opportunities of non-rotational programs, but retains the strengths of in-depth exposure to different disciplines inherent in traditional rotational programs. This longitudinal training style, rather than single blocks, gives the resident a real-life exposure to the broad concerns of a family medicine provider. The residents spend 40% of their time at the SFMC beginning their first year, learning to provide patient care in the context of family and community in a truly continuous fashion. Residents are expected to demonstrate an awareness of the ethical, moral and legal values of practicing family medicine, while communicating professionally and effectively with their patients, staff, peers and others involved with patient care. Our program maximizes educational time with family physicians, provides an early emphasis on ambulatory training, and offers a training model which provides a more realistic approximation to family medicine than traditional specialty-based rotational models. Residents and faculty see their own patients at the office during two to five half-day blocks per week. Faculty attendings are readily available as preceptors with a ratio of 3 residents to 1 preceptor.

Team-based Training and Support

A female resident is looking up at a male faculty member as they discuss the results of a microscope analysis

Using the concept of resident teams our program provides continuity care here at the SFMR office. There are three teams, each with at least one resident from each program year. These teams provide coverage for each other when a team member is unavailable for any reason. As a result, the office functions more like a group practice than a traditional residency clinic.

Community Based Medical Education

A male doctor in a blue shirt and tie is offering the end of a stethoscope to listen to a male toddler who is being held by his father.

Swedish Family Medicine Center, supported by Swedish Medical Center, operates as a private group practice providing coverage and care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents share call coverage with the support of faculty as their back up. Teaching activities include direct observation, resident/faculty interaction, small group seminars, review of video-taped patient encounters, and chart review. Family practice faculty, residents and community attendings (representing many other specialties) present primary care-oriented didactic sessions every Thursday afternoon during dedicated educational time.

Swedish Family Medicine Residency is a dynamic, well-rounded program with supportive and fun residents, faculty and staff. As residents we enjoy strong training in hospital medicine in addition to plenty of outpatient medicine in the community. These community opportunities include seeing patients in the clinic, working with a local high school football team, and visiting patients in a nursing home.

Jeff Lewis

Resident, Class of 2017