The Spokane Teaching Health Center is the fully accredited institutional sponsor of Family Medicine Residency Spokane and its Rural Training Track located in Colville, Internal Medicine Residency Spokane, Sports Fellowship Spokane and Transitional Year Residency Spokane.
The Center is a 501c nonprofit organization formed in 2013 to capture the opportunity offered by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to expand primary care residency positions. Eastern Washington has a critical shortage of residency slots and receiving the grant has allowed for expansion of both Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency programs. The STHC is a joint venture between Empire Health Foundation, Providence Health Care, and Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane. The board members appointed from the partners are very community centric and widely respected in a variety of fields.
The Teaching Health Center, a non-profit company, is the result of an innovative collaboration between Empire Health Foundation, Providence Health Care and Washington State University Spokane created to provide academic, community-based, multidisciplinary clinical education to health care professionals and patient care to all.
Committed to this mission, the STHC will:
- Provide patient centered and compassionate care in an academic teaching environment where physicians, nurses, therapists, counselors, pharmacists and other licensed health professionals work collaboratively in teams to enhance patient care and complement the professional training of each participating program.
- Value the integrity and worth of each member of the health care team, promoting personal and professional growth by providing resources to enhance ongoing education, collaboration and teamwork resulting in a harmonious plan of care for each patient.
- Make health care accessible, affordable and available to all.
- Evaluate and provide for growth in academic medicine training by accommodating growing sectors of training and promoting health sciences education in the greater Spokane community.
- Create an environment for integrated clinical research to increase medical knowledge and improved clinical outcomes for the future.
While the STHC was developed for resident physician training, Spokane is home to an increasing number of students in a variety of healthcare fields. Collaboration amongst all professionals is a hallmark of the STHC and the new clinic that was opened in 2016. Here residents work alongside pharmacy students, masters of social work students and PT/OT students to provide the very best care for patients while learning about team dynamics.
EWU Spokane is using the clinic as a training site for its students in Physical and Occupational Therapy in partnership with St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute of Spokane that provides supervision of students. EWU’s Masters of Social Work students learn all aspects of their profession and are an integral part of each of the three medical teams in the clinic.
WSU Pharmacy students provide education to patients and assist resident physicians in many aspects of patient care. Nursing and ARNP students will soon be using the clinic as a rotation site.
The WSU College of Medicine welcomes its inaugural medical school class of 60 students in August, 2017. These students will start working in the clinic during their M3 year.
The University of Washington provides medical school training for 60 students in Spokane on the Gonzaga University campus which is part of the University District. The clinic serves as an M3 site.
Gonzaga law students partner with the Center for Justice to form the Medical/Legal Partnership which provides legal assistance to many clinic patients.