Milwaukie residency program gets $9,000 boost

April 01, 2013

Providence Milwaukie Medical Foundation received $9,000 from an anonymous donor to promote excellence in family medicine residency education.

Glenn Rodriguez, M.D., program director for the Providence Oregon Family Medicine Residency, as it's now called, says three initiatives will benefit immediately from the gift.

The first will be the educational program around complementary and integrative medicine. Residents have expressed special interest in receiving more training in complementary medicine, including the principles of nutrition, acupuncture, preventive health and naturopathic medicine.

“We are fortunate that one of our faculty physicians, Mari Ricker, M.D., has completed the University of Arizona program for integrative medicine and has special expertise in this area,” Dr. Rodriguez says.

Funds from the gift also may be used to upgrade the residency conference room audiovisual equipment. The current computer and projector system needs an upgrade to handle the demands of new online media.

A third use of the funds would be to support a new tradition of holding a remembrance ceremony for those patients who died in the past year while under the care of those in the residency program. The ceremony will be combined with training on palliative and end-of-life care.