Meet Our Residents

Our residents come to our program with great diversity. They come from all parts of the country and with a broad range of experiences. What they have in common is a commitment to excellence and a desire to make the health care system better. This commonality is palpable throughout the program and is visible in the work the graduates do once they leave the program.

Message from the Chief Resident

Craig Riley, M.D.Welcome to Providence Portland Medical Center!

Applying for residency is an exciting time and we are thrilled that you will be interviewing with us. Reflecting on the decision I made to come to Providence three years ago, I remember how challenging and difficult it was to choose the right program. I was looking for a program that would be academically rigorous, expose me to a variety of pathology, provide career opportunities and push me to be the best physician I could be. Providence has done this.

Our program is uniquely positioned in the fact that it is a small program which is capable of providing opportunities that parallel those of a larger program. The faculty is comprised of well-trained, highly-decorated clinician educators who span across multiple subspecialty disciplines. They work hard to foster an atmosphere predicated upon approachability and mentoring such that residents feel well supported and encouraged to pursue their intellectual and professional curiosities. A personal example is guidance I received from Dr. Gilbert (nationally recognized infectious disease doctor and editor of The Sanford Guide) while prepping for a regional oral ACP presentation. As part of helping me, he invited my family and me over to his house for dinner so that we could have some additional time to practice the presentation. It was an unforgettable experience and a true reflection of our faculty’s dedication towards helping us grow into our full potential.

Residents play an active role in our residency program. I still remember being blown away by morning report on my interview day. It is high-energy, evidence-based and well attended. Discourse is professional, spirited—but lighthearted—and non-intimidating with input from medical students all the way up to faculty.

Our program is responsive to resident feedback. This last year they helped design theme-based weeks in lieu of noon conference. For example, during “Sepsis Week”, residents spend Monday noon conference appraising sepsis literature, Tuesday noon conference applying the literature in a case based discussion, Thursday getting expert opinion from a pulmonologist and Friday running scenarios in the simulation lab. The theme-based weeks create a deeper knowledge surrounding the how and why of what we do and have been a huge success.

Our faculty and residents are enthusiastic about innovation. Tim Gobble, one of our third year residents, has a passion for bedside ultrasound. He has successfully acquired grant funding to purchase hand held ultrasound devices and working with faculty have designed a curriculum (including text) that is being integrated into an elective this year. He is not unique. Many other residents have implemented high-level quality improvement projects surrounding outpatient osteoporosis prevention, hypertension management and tobacco cessation. In fact, so much enthusiasm has sprung up around these projects that the curriculum has been redesigned this year with dedicated time devoted to learning and applying the science of quality improvement.

Residents are provided with ample opportunity to customize their learning. Advanced focus training is available in primary care, women’s health, HIV, hospitalist medicine, palliative care, behavioral medicine and in medical education. Residents have found the international rotations in Kenya and Guatemala to be invaluable. Many have backgrounds in international medicine and aid work and find these experiences a great compliment towards their growth as physicians. Residents with ambitions for procedural skills have acquired experience with not only central lines, paracentesis, thoracentesis and arterial lines, but advanced techniques such as endoscopy as bronchoscopy if so inclined. For example, Kirsten Sayson (Class of 2012) is currently working at a rural clinic in Peru. After acquiring skills in endoscopy during residency, she has incorporated it into her everyday practice. This now has influenced her decision to pursue a fellowship in gastroenterology.

I believe Providence Portland Medical Center provides a tremendous opportunity for high level, academic medicine. I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to train and grow as a physician here, and I am confident you will understand why on your interview day. I hope to have the chance to meet with you personally.

Gregg McCord, M.D.
Chief Resident