Contact Us

Program Coordinator

Teri Yaeger
101 W. 8th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99204
P (509) 474-3237
F (509) 474-5316

Relationships

Residency Programs in Spokane

IMRS residents work with Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Transitional year residents on a variety of teams in the hospital. They interact frequently in our shared precepting space in the clinic. In addition, they interact socially with the other residency groups. You can always find someone who shares your interests!

Resident involvement in governance

IMRS had the best culture and “resident first” environment of all the programs with which I interviewed.
— Kurt Myers, class of 2019

We pride ourselves on responsiveness to resident input. The residents, faculty and admin staff meet monthly to enhance communication but also to problem solve any issues. The residents meet without faculty every other month to discuss any concerns and also to devise improvements. The topics discussed are brought to the Program Director who can institute new policy/change or bring these issues to the joint meeting described above. IMRS also has three extended resident/faculty meetings throughout the year that allow for more in depth discussion and solution generation.

Examples of resident participation that have resulted in change:

  • Night shift institution
  • Currently discussing call issues in light of new ACGME intern duty hours
  • Review of three year lecture curriculum-
    some topics were dropped, others added, different faculty asked to give lectures
  • Implementation of Wellness Half Days
  • Transitions of care
  • Clinic policies/procedures
  • Ideas to make EPIC use more streamlined and useful

Ample opportunities exist for residents to participate in Program Evaluation Committees and hospital committees where their input is valued and change accomplished

Mentors

Each R1 is paired with an R3 who will reach out to them and welcome them to the program. The seasoned R3 can help the new intern navigate a complex system and answer those burning questions that crop up frequently in the first several months.

The faculty provide mentorship/advice for a cadre of residents of varying years. They share lunch together several times/year, meet to discuss presentations, assist with career plans and serve as a resource.

Volunteer attendings

As a 4th year medical student on rotation in Spokane, I specifically recall a specialist who allowed me to follow an interesting case, even though I was not on rotation, because they were genuinely interested in my learning.
— David Applebury, class of 2019

The volunteer faculty provide amazing teaching and opportunities for residents. In some institutions, attendings are “shadowy” figures that come and go several times/week and aren’t readily available. Not so in Spokane. IMRS residents feel very comfortable stopping an attending in the hall to ask a question, ask for a consult or just visit for a minute. Many faculty go out of their way to nurture residents and ensure their success. 

 


Collaboration

Hospital

In the hospital (PSHMC), we join forces with pharmacy, radiology and other residents.  We actively participate in code team training and Hospitalist grand rounds, to name just a few of our interdisciplinary projects.

Clinic

The clinic is a rich environment for collaboration.  Three residency programs co-habitate there and we experience support from pharmacy, social work, OT and PT who provide teaching while they provide care for patients.