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Teri Yaeger
101 W. 8th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99204
P (509) 474-3237
F (509) 626-9917

Our three-year average board exam pass rate for the ABIM is 90% which is higher than the national average. (You can connect to the American Board of Internal Medicine to find a listing of board passage rates for all Internal Medicine residency programs).

We offer our graduates:

  • Special mentorship opportunities to assist residents in board preparation
  • ITE Noon conferences dissect the most frequently missed ITE questions---methods of analyzing the question and background to enable mastery of material.
  • Residents often choose to host board review sessions in the evenings with food and beverages provided by the program

Spokane IMR 2017 Graduates:

7 currently employed as hospitalists (3 plan to apply to Rheumatology, Cardiology and GI)

3 fellows specializing in:

Pulmonary/Critical Care – UC Davis, CA

Nephrology – University of Washington

ID – University of Minnesota


Spokane IMR 2011-2016 Graduate's Careers

*All but two stayed in Washington state, the others went to Idaho)
**One stayed in Spokane

Where are they working?

What do our Alumni say about us?


I went to medical school at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, the world’s largest medical center. There I was surrounded by the newest technologies and the shiniest equipment, but I did not learn warmth and fellowship until I became part of the Spokane IMR program. I learned to take the very best care of my patients, not only because I was taught evidence-based medicine, but because I was cared for. This internal medicine training program is a place to get the very best training, with the very best family.
— Elise Walker, MD, class of 2016 | Board Certified Internal Medicine | Health Texas Medical Group San Antonio, Texas
The IMRS program has certainly prepared me for my career as a hospitalist. Although it is early in my career, I feel as if my medical knowledge is sound and comparable to that of my colleagues. In fact, I am frequently asked for my clinical opinion for others’ patients, even by some of the more seasoned hospitalists. I attribute this to the clinical teachings provided by the IMR residency program. I can honestly say I have had a smooth transition from residency to attendinghood, most certainly the result of an excellent internal medicine foundation afforded to me by the IMR program in Spokane.
— Erin Kirkegaard, MD, class of 2016 | Board Certified Internal Medicine | Providence Sacred Heart Hospitalist, Spokane, WA
When I was looking for a residency I wanted to come away confident and comfortable with practicing internal medicine. While in Spokane I was pushed to always think of what else could be going on and broadening my differential diagnosis. I came out of training and started my new job and have felt comfortable and confident with my very broad spectrum of learning I received in Spokane. I feel confident that I could have gone onto any sub-specialty fellowship, outpatient clinic setting, and been very prepared. I decided to go into hospitalist medicine and feel grateful for my time in Spokane Internal Medicine residency.
— Brent Duff, DO, class of 2015 | Board Certified Internal Medicine | Hospitalist, St Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, Twin Falls, ID
My 3-year resident training has resulted in me feeling very comfortable, right out of the gates, into the world as a Hospitalist in Seattle and Los Angeles. I completed the training very confident in my ability to take care of my patients with my gains in medical knowledge and procedural skills.
— Timothy Hatlen, MD, class of 2016 | Board Certified Internal Medicine | Infectious Disease Fellow, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Having transferred to Spokane after completing internship at Stanford University, I can confidently say that training in Spokane is on par with top-tier programs. I enjoyed the emphasis placed on general and outpatient medicine, and the balance between autonomy and supervision. My knowledge base and practical skill set have made for an easy transition to the role of a Pulm/CCM fellow.
— Ben Arthurs, MD, class of 2015 | Board Certified Internal Medicine | Pulm/Critical Care Fellow, OHSU, Portland, OR