The residents at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center (PSVMC) are a diverse and enthusiastic group. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and each brings a unique perspective to residency. During this formative experience, the residents themselves are an integral part of the supportive and nurturing learning environment at PSVMC. The small size of the program, the presence of talented peers, and the humane call schedule all combine to allow important relationships to develop and flourish.
Message from the Chief Resident
Hello and thank you for looking at St Vincent!
Finding the right residency is in many ways a journey of the heart. Applying to, visiting, and communicating with different programs is a transformative experience, and ideally one that helps us learn more about ourselves as well as the programs we are looking at. When I visited Providence St Vincent on my interview day four years ago, I had an overwhelming sense of belonging. That feeling is magical, and we hope you have a chance to find your perfect spot too.
Providence St Vincent Medical Center is a particularly special place to learn the art of medicine.
With 523 inpatient beds, Providence St Vincent Medical Center is a Center of Excellence for cardiac and stroke care, with a large catchment area encompassing much of western Oregon and southwest Washington. We combine the scope of a large hospital within a multi-state health system with the personal touch of a small community program; with only 28 residents, every learner gets individualized teaching, mentorship and an opportunity to grow to their unique strengths.
As a community program, our educational opportunities are both rigorous and specifically designed for our residents. We come together for daily morning and noon conferences, both to practice our own teaching skills and hear from experts. Categorical residents complete a 3-year quality improvement project with guidance from expert faculty, and residents are encouraged and supported in presenting cases and projects at regional and national medical conferences. Our experience is enriched by the opportunity to undertake a hospital rotation in rural Uganda, and by visiting medical students from across the US and internationally.
The learning environment here allows our graduates to succeed in a wide variety of careers, from hospital medicine and primary care to diverse subspecialties. Tellingly, graduates often choose to stay in the Providence family; many of our teaching faculty, hospitalists and subspecialist colleagues are program alumni.
Last but certainly not least, we pride ourselves on being a family-friendly and resident-centered program. From generous leave and benefit policies to confidential peer support groups, we take the wellbeing of our residents seriously. I started my intern year when my daughter was six months old, and can’t imagine learning the balance of physician-parenting in a better program.
I certainly hope you will consider us in your journey to residency, and can’t wait to meet you!
Kate Marshall, MD
Chief Resident 2019-20
Internal Medicine Residency Program
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center