Rural track residency program moves forward

In partnership with La Clinica, now One Community Health, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital will begin a rural-track residency program in the Columbia Gorge. Providence Oregon (formally Providence Milwaukie) Family Medicine Residency received accreditation for a family medicine residency rural training track from the American Council of Graduate Medical Education and recent approval from the Providence Regional Growth Council.

The residents will start their training this summer in Portland and spend the most of their first year rotating at three Providence hospitals in Portland and at Legacy’s Randall Children’s Hospital. The residents will see patients in Hood River a few days per month.

They will move to Hood River in 2014 for the next two years of training and care for their own patients under the supervision of One Community Health. Patients will be seen at One Community Health, Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and other community clinics.

Each year, two new residents will be matched with this program. By 2015, our community will sponsor a total of four residents. This is a win-win: Not only will Providence be able to improve access for poor and vulnerable patients, our training will focus on culturally competent care that is crucial for future health care providers who have an interest in rural medicine.

Providence Health & Services offers three other residency programs at Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Providence St. Vincent and Providence Portland medical centers. This is an exciting new program, and I will share more information with you as details are confirmed.‚Äč