2014 AAFP ConferenceFounded in 1974, the Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Cherry Hill is one of the pioneering programs in Family Medicine.  At its heart our program has a mission and a long tradition of training family doctors to work with underserved, economically disadvantaged, culturally diverse and disenfranchised communities.  We provide evidence based, community oriented primary care with an emphasis on OB, Inpatient Medicine and Behavioral Health.  The program operates as a partnership between faculty and residents with resident leadership at all levels from curriculum development to residency policies and clinic operations.  We believe that empowered residents who fully participate in the design of the program, along with outstanding faculty teaching and mentorship, are the key to preparing graduates to practice in any setting:  urban, rural or international, clinical or academic.

We are excited to announce that beginning in June 2016 we will start to train residents at a new site, the International District Clinic (ID clinic).  The International District Clinic is operated by International Community Health Services (ICHS), a nonprofit community health agency that offers affordable health care services to Seattle and King County’s Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as other underserved communities.  Our residency program has a long affiliation with ICHS and we are excited to add the ID clinic as a training site.  This will bring the number of training spots in our program to five continuity clinic sites each of which emphasizes care of a unique patient population.  Applicants can apply to one or all of the clinic sites.  Each site has its own match number.  Each resident completes the same curriculum and rotations regardless of his or her continuity clinic site.  We encourage applicants to apply to all of our sites depending on interest and language ability.

Our clinic sites are:

  • Swedish Cherry Hill Clinic —18 - 12 total residents with a diverse population. We will decrease the number of interns recruited at CH by 2 each year as we start up the ID clinic until we reach a total of 12 residents at the site.
  • Sea Mar Community Health Center — 6 total residents serving a diverse population with a Latino focus.  Spanish language skills are required.
  • Seattle Indian Health Board — 6 total residents serving a diverse population with a Native American / Alaska Native focus.
  • Carolyn Downs Family Health Center — 6 total residents with a diverse population.
  • International District Clinic - 6 total residents by 2019 starting with 2 interns in 2016.  The clinic serves  Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as other underserved communities.
  • NEW SWEDISH RURAL TRAINING TRACK PROGRAM - 6 total residents by 2020 starting with 2 interns in 2017.  This program serves a diverse population in a rural setting.

All of our core faculty practice full spectrum Family Medicine including OB.  Our program strengths include behavioral science, inpatient medicine, obstetrics, sports medicine and addiction medicine.  We offer Areas of Concentration in sports medicine, international health, addiction medicine, reproductive health, maternal child medicine, rural health and integrative medicine.  Areas of Concentration meet all of the requirements of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and include the focused use of elective time, an academic project and usually involve a significant time commitment.  These are optional experiences for residents that are completed within the three years of residency.

We also offer fourth year fellowships in Addiction Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Sports Medicine for graduates of Family Medicine residencies.  We sponsored and cooperate closely with the Hospitalist fellowship at Swedish.




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