Our Residents and Graduates

The residents at Providence Oregon Family Medicine Residency work closely in a team environment to ensure that each resident has a positive learning experience. Our residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and each brings a unique perspective to their residency experience.

Meet our Residents

Meet our Graduates

Message from the Co-Chief Residents

As co-chiefs for the 2012-2013 academic year, we welcome you. We are proud to represent a dynamic and diverse group of residents, faculty and clinical staff in a residency program that is at the forefront in the medical home. Providence Oregon Family Medicine has exceeded our expectations – working in a community-based setting allows for collegial and personal interactions, and at the same time we have access to the benefits of a larger health system.

Our program is young, having started in just 2000. Since its beginning, the program has been founded on core values: access to care for vulnerable populations, behavioral health, evidence-based practice, and integrated and system-based care of chronic health conditions. Our program emphasizes autonomy of residents, who have ample opportunities to pursue special interests. Our program is uniquely receptive to resident input, and it has grown and changed to reflect the needs of its residents and patients.

Our program nurtures the diverse interests of the residents. Some are involved in the care for underserved communities; some have interest in rural or international medicine. Both clinics have unique opportunities. Our Southeast clinic is using the group model for prenatal visits and offers both English and Spanish-speaking groups. The Milwaukie clinic is serving as a pilot site for a diabetes management study that incorporates multidisciplinary teams of professional working together. Both clinics are also medical home pilots and offer experiences with case management, integrated behavioral health and low-cost counseling and group classes. 

Acting as a bridge between faculty and residents, the chiefs advocate for residents’ well being, which in turn allows us to practice medicine with humanity and increased competence. We foster open communication, and create clear expectations whenever possible. We embrace the idea that we are each integral members of a team, and our unity is what helps us to achieve excellence in personal growth and enrichment, as well as in patient care.

Beyond the challenges of call schedules, curriculum changes, and high standards of learning, is the broader question – what is the future of family medicine? How do we all face the inevitable changes in the field of medicine as newly trained family physicians? This residency is innovative in how it addresses where family medicine will be in the next decade and beyond.

We look forward to meeting you and becoming part of how you successfully complete residency, and achieve your professional goals.

Jill Christensen, M.D. and Melissa Jeffers, M.D.
Co-Chief Residents (Class of 2013)