Message From Our Leaders

Message from the Program Director

kai_mari_md_2016aAt Providence Portland Medical Center, resident education is our primary directive. Each faculty and resident gets to play an active role in the continuous molding and improvement of all aspects of our residency curriculum. The relentless thirst for knowledge and a high intellectual curiosity are some of the core values of our program. Our residents and faculty love to learn about medicine, our patients, our systems, and about each other. We pride ourselves in preparing our residents to tackle the variety of challenges and careers that face them as they move forward into their future. There are so many paths that one can take in medicine, and being a doctor can be more complicated now than ever before. Our philosophy is to train our residents to be well-rounded physicians with the confidence and competence to enter a career that will give them satisfaction and fulfillment, whether it be in the outpatient setting, inpatient setting, or a subspecialty field. We value residents that can see the big picture and treat the whole person. One of the things that I really love about our program is that as a faculty, we get to work closely with each resident longitudinally over their time with us, and have a significant impact in their growth and education. Thank you so much for being curious and learning more about our program. We look forward to seeing you at Providence Portland.

Mari Kai, M.D.
Program Director

Message from the Chief Resident

ElizabethHutchinsonGreetings, and thank you so much for your interest in our residency program at Providence Portland!

It is truly a pleasure and honor to be serving as the chief resident this year!

Residency is such a unique and special time, and I know there are many factors that contribute to selecting the right program for each of you.

Some sage-like advice that I received when I was looking at residencies was that the people and the community truly make the experience. Being a smaller program definitely affords our residents the opportunity for forging strong connections with the medical education faculty, hospitalists, specialists, and our fellow co-residents. The shared goal of teamwork and providing excellent evidenced-based patient care is strongly embraced here. Whether you are pursuing a career in primary care or hospital medicine, fellowship training, or completing a preliminary year, you will find enthusiastic mentors to help support your academic and developmental goals.

Our program has a strong focus on medical education, academia, and building leadership skills. Fundamentals of our curriculum include daily Noon Conference with specialist guests, Resident Report, weekly Grand Rounds, and City Wide Infectious Disease conference. Residents routinely present cases at Resident Report, as well as larger multi-disciplinary talks including resident led M&M, Complex Case, Senior Talks. Quality Improvement projects focusing on inpatient or outpatient medicine are also part of the senior curriculum. Our residents are actively engaged in the medical academic community and have support to present at local and national conferences. Additionally, we offer special away rotations to countries such as Uganda and Guatemala.

Some unique opportunities that enable our residents to connect with mentors includes routine meetings with our program director and their medical education faculty advisor. Integrated outpatient blocks include time working in the outpatient primary care clinic as well as time paired with specialty clinics, some of which include cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, ID, hematology and oncology. Senior residents can also elect to participate in a longitudinal clinic experience working with a specialist mentor over the course of a year. Being that our program exclusively trains internal medicine residents provides the opportunity for residents to work directly with attendings. Residents work closely with the intensivists in the ICU and gain proficiency in many critical care procedures.

Providence Portland is a large, tertiary care hospital in NE Portland and we care for a complex patient population. We routinely care for patients admitted with complications from COPD, heart failure, ischemic heart disease, stroke, and GI bleed, however given the accessibility of our hospital to the community we also see many interesting and undifferentiated medicine cases. Additionally, since our primary care clinic is located on the hospital campus, residents may often care for patients from their patient panel to enable continuity of care.

Portland is fantastic city located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We have a thriving arts and music culture, with great restaurants, cafes, and parks. We enjoy year-round outdoor activities with easy accessibility for daytime trips to go skiing at Mount Hood, hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, or exploring the Oregon coast. The city is easy to navigate, and many of our residents live in surrounding neighborhoods and are able to commute to work by walking or biking.

Thank you again for your interest in our program. We look forward to meeting you during the interview season!

Elizabeth Hutchinson, MD
Chief Resident 2019-2020
Providence Portland Medical Center