Frequently Asked Questions...


How do interviews and match work when you have 5 programs and 5 rank numbers?


Swedish Cherry Hill is one residency program with four unique training sites.  These sites are the outpatient continuity clinics that together make up the residency.   The curriculum is the same for residents no matter what clinic site serves as your continuity clinic.  Many residencies with multiple sites have you apply to the general residency and will assign you to a particular clinic once you have matched.  Since each of our clinics has distinct patient populations and attributes, we want residents who feel a connection with a particular site to be able to independently rank their choices. For this reason, applicants can apply to each clinic site individually.

How does this work in practice? When you’re applying to the Swedish Cherry Hill residency through ERAS, you can choose to apply to any or all of the clinic sites.  We encourage you to apply to all of the clinic sites that interest you.  No matter what sites you apply to initially, you will tour all of the sites on your interview day.  If you fall in love with a site you didn’t apply to initially, it’s not too late!  You can apply to any of the sites that you like even after your tour and interviews.  It always remains your choice which sites to rank and in what order.  It is important to know that the Seamar clinic is specifically looking for Spanish speaking applicants.  If you do not speak any Spanish, you may choose not to apply to this site.  Like any residency program you visit, after you interview, you can decide if you want to rank all of our clinics, a few clinics, or only the one that really appealed to you.

We encourage you to apply to all of our clinics before you interview (see Seamar above) so that we can better serve you on interview day.


What are the strong points of the residency?

  • Commitment to the Underserved
  • Faculty expertise and tenure
  • Full spectrum FM as well as Addiction, Integrative, Sports Medicine and others
  • 5 years accreditation-maximal!
  • No patients turned away from any of our clinics for the inability to pay
  • 8 Areas Of Concentration (AOCs) allow tailoring training to meet resident needs
  • International rotations—all expenses paid
  • UW affiliated-part of largest FM residency network in US
  • OB delivery numbers and strong hospital medicine—emphasis on full spectrum
  • Emphasis on behavioral medicine
  • Areas of Concentration allow tailored education and provide specialty level expertise
  • Group visits, including Centering Pregnancy at the Cherry Hill clinic
  • Longitudinal and Core curriculum in Community Medicine
  • High risk drop-in OB clinic
  • Chronic disease registry
  • Commitment to addiction medicine training with required addiction medicine rotation
  • Patient Centered Medical Home work at all sites
  • Integrative Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Sports Medicine fellowships
  • Opportunities to work with Country Doctor Health Clinic specializing in HIV primary care
  • Ski patrol with faculty
  • One of the founding programs in Family Medicine
  • Size---36 residents across five training sites
  • Areas of Concentration
  • Entire residency focus on underserved, whether urban, rural or global
  • Emphasis on community outreach
  • Unified inpatient service involving residents all five sites
  • Integrated inpatient service providing adult, pediatric & OB care to culturally diverse patients
  • FQHC’s-four of five training sites are federally qualified community health centers--1st established 1988
  • Location—situated in Seattle WA—an exciting urban center
  • Resident empowerment---residents help lead the residency & create programs
  • Passionate, close knit relationships between faculty, residents and staff---we are a family!

Fiestas PatriasPeter Talbot w/Child

Norton & Love at ConferenceSki Patrol

  • Mountains-hiking, ski/boarding, ferries, Seattle professional sports, kayaking, Ft. Worden, films, restaurants, music and theater scene, boating, bake, drink good beer/wine.

Whidbey Half MarathonSnowshoeing

Retreat YogaBroadway

R2 Circle

Class of 2009

  • Screening for Colorectal Cancer in the Native American Population
  • Oral Health in our Cherry Hill Patients
  • Washington State physicians’ practices regarding family planning
  • Diabetes in the Native American Community
  • STD and Pregnancy Prevention in Latinas
  • Women’s Health in the Vietnamese Community
  • Reducing DV in the Latino community
  • Preventing alcohol-related injuries among college students
  • Promoting Community Gardens to address Micronutrient deficiency in Mulukuku, Nicaragua
  • Addressing mental health issues in the Asian community

Class of 2010

  • Encouraging Breastfeeding in our patients
  • Spirituality in Medicine
  • Oncology in Primary Care 
  • Improving health care for the homeless in Seattle
  • Improving Care for Diabetes Patients at Sea Mar Clinic
  • Youth self-empowerment and community leadership in local high schools
  • Overcoming barriers to healthcare in patients who are unable to speak English well

Class of 2011

  • Promoting breastfeeding in Cherry Hill patients
  • Screening for Developmental Delay in Kids at Cherry Hill
  • Promoting Evidence-based Prescribing at Cherry Hill
  • Geographic distribution of relevant health-related infrastructure in Seattle
  • Nutrition in the Homeless Population
  • Improving diagnosis of depression in Sea Mar patients
  • Combating obesity in our pediatric population
  • Promoting awareness of long-acting, reversible contraception options in young women

Class of 2012

  • Enhancing Continuity of Care for Homeless Patients
  • Health Policy Newsletter
  • Improving Health Literacy for Patients at Sea Mar
  • Increasing Screening for Breast and Cervical Cancer in Native Americans
  • Promoting Breastfeeding in Cherry Hill Patients
  • Networking with Seattle Youth
  • Promoting Improved Nutrition in Cherry Hill Patients

Class of 2013

  • Community Health Education/Intervention
  • How do Cherry Hill Patients Use CAM?
  • Combating Childhood Obesity in Our Communities
  • Preventing Teen Suicide
  • Health education at Tyee High School

Class of 2014

  • Promoting baby friendly policy at Swedish/ Cherry Hill
  • Smoking cessation in the LGBT community
  • Fighting obesity in Native American children
  • Improving care for LGBT patients
  • Increasing awareness of Preventive Health in the  Seattle Native American Community
  • Improving care for LGBT patients at Seamar
  • Improving Health Literacy  in native Spanish Speaker
  • Somali Health Board project

Class of 2015

  • Herbal medicine in the Native American population
  • Promoting exercise in sedentary patients
  • Improving health for people in transition from incarceration
  • Improving care for LGBT patients
  • Providing care to refugees: Asylum Health project
  • Promoting health in collaboration with a neighborhood boxing program

We are extremely proud of our graduates. They have demonstrated the wide breadth of training we offer here as well as our commitment to medicine as a vehicle for social justice. Our graduates work in diverse areas:

  • Academic medicine: we have many grads who are now faculty and program directors of family medicine residencies and faculty at medical schools.
  • Policy and program development: our graduates direct public health departments and serve as policy analysts
  • Service: our graduates provide care to underserved populations across the US.  They are full-spectrum family doctors in rural and urban communities, work in FQHCs and IHS sites, staff abortion clinics and work internationally.
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