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

Scope of Clinical Experience

Internal Medicine Residency Spokane (IMRS) is fortunate to work in an area where medicine is an economic driver. Patients from four states and Canada use Spokane to provide their tertiary care needs.

Patient Complexity

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the Northwest. It functions as a safety-net hospital and is “home” to many LVAD patients. It provides heart-lung transplants in the region; pancreas and renal transplantation is common.

Sample of cases IM residents on HS encountered in March 2017: 

  • Lemierre’s syndrome
  • SLE/Catastrophic anti-phospholipid syndrome initially presenting as autoimmune hemolytic anemia, diffuse alveolar hemorrhage and cardiac tamponade
  • Cerebellar ataxia as an initial presentation for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Aortic valve endocarditis presenting as third-degree heart block
  • MPGN secondary to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Secondary syphilis with septic pulmonary nodules
  • VZV pancreatitis

And to make sure that we all recognize common things:

  • Hypertriglyceridemia induced pancreatitis
  • COPD exacerbation
  • NSTEMI
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • DKA
  • TIA/Stroke
  • Acute pulmonary embolism
  • Purulent cellulitis
  • Atrial fibrillation with RVR

Rural Opportunities

Spokane is surrounded by many rural communities who are very welcoming to residents who wish a rural training experience.

International Opportunities

IMRS residents have rotated in Haiti, the island of Tonga and most recently Ethiopia.  Both faculty and residents worked in Ethiopia supplying patient care as well as medical student teaching.  This year, a faculty member will be exploring Nepal as a new training site.

Diabetes Summer Camp

Camp STIX is an independent, community-based, summer camp for children and teens with diabetes throughout the Northwest. Every summer two of our residents join a faculty attending as volunteers on the medical team for Camp STIX.