101 W. 8th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99204
P (509) 474-3237
F (509) 626-9917
“IMRS had the best culture and “resident first” environment of all the programs with which I interviewed.”
Kurt Myers, class of 2019
Residency Programs in Spokane
IMRS residents work with residents in Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Transitional Year on a variety of teams in the hospital and interact frequently in the 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
We pride ourselves on responsiveness to resident input. The residents, faculty and admin staff meet monthly to problem solve any issues. The residents meet without faculty every other month. Suggested changes 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.
Ample opportunities exist for residents to participate in Program Evaluation Committees and hospital committees where their input is valued and change accomplished.
Each R1 is paired with an R3 who is able to help the new intern navigate a complex system and answer the questions that tend to crop up frequently in the first several months.
The faculty provide mentorship and/or advice for a cadre of residents of varying years. They may share lunch together several times a year, meet to discuss presentations, assist with career plans and serve as a resource.
“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 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.
“I have come to enjoy how much the program supports interdisciplinary learning opportunities, alongside family medicine and psychiatry.”
Lauren Johnson, class of 2018
In the 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.
In the clinic
The clinic is a rich environment for collaboration. Three residency programs co-habitate there and also experience support from pharmacy, social work, OT and PT who provide teaching opportunities for us while they provide care for our patients.
IMR is an accredited host site for 3rd and 4th year pharmacy students from Washington State University as well as the SHMC ambulatory pharmacy residency.
Our clinic is a clinical practicum site for masters of social work students from Eastern Washington University. Two faculty social workers supervise MSW students in the clinic.
Health and Justice Initiative
With the help of Gonzaga University School of Law and the Center for Justice, we provide free legal services to our high-risk patients.
Faculty and residents from the Providence Psychiatry Residency program are available to discuss difficult cases and make medication or intervention recommendations. In turn, the internists provide consultation about medical issues for the psychiatrists.
Faculty from the Family Medicine Residency program are available in the precepting area to assist IMR with questions about reproductive health and contraception, sports medicine injuries and many other topics.
PT/OT faculty and students have a large PT gym space with a quiet gym as well as a fully equipped apartment for testing ADLs. Clinical faculty come from St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital.