1. How do I know your new program will succeed?
    From its inception, our Family Medicine Program has been designed to fulfill a specific mission supported by our community, our sponsoring institution, and the State of Washington. $1.5 million has been pledged by the local community (via the Harrison Foundation) with another $700,000 provided by the Washington State Legislature. Combined with the commitments to teaching from every major local medical group, we have the utmost confidence in our ability to sustain a robust training program.
  2. What procedures will you teach residents?
    We have faculty who perform a variety of procedures, including: Minor Skin Procedures (biopsies, excisions, cryotherapy); Colposcopy & Cervical Biopsy; Intrauterine Device Placement/Removal; Endometrial Biopsy; Vasectomy; Nexplanon Placement/Removal; 1st Trimester Obstetric Ultrasound; and Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP). Elective time is available to train in procedures not performed within our Family Medicine Practice.
  3. If your parent organization is Catholic Health Initiatives, will there be limits on women’s health and reproductive services?
    No. CHI Franciscan Health Harrison Medical Center retains its secular status and offers a wide spectrum of reproductive health services.
  4. Will I have an opportunity to do “away” rotations ?
    Yes, within the limits placed upon us by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Usually, one 4-week elective in the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years is available for “away” rotations. Limitations on time away are in place to maintain continuity within the Family Medicine Practice.
  5. Will you accept applications from International Medical Graduates?
    Yes. Graduates from recognized international schools are welcomed to apply so long as they have satisfied ECFMG requirements. As of this time, however, we are not equipped to offer visa sponsorship. All IMG’s applying must be United States Citizens or permanent residents to be considered.
  6. Are there rotations at hospitals other than CHI FH Harrison Medical Center?
    Yes. To ensure appropriate acuity of pediatric training cases, a 4-week Hospital Medicine rotation and a 4-Week Emergency Medicine rotation are scheduled at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the PGY-2 & PGY-3 years respectively. Housing arrangements will be provided so travel to and from Bremerton isn't necessary on a daily basis.
  7. What is your program looking for in a resident?
    We are looking for residents who are hard-working, adventurous, and willing to help the faculty, hospital, and community create a superior residency program. The first class, matriculating in July of 2018, will be instrumental in shaping curricular and administrative changes by providing real-time feedback to program faculty and administrators. Additionally, it will be this first class which sets the standard for interaction with community preceptors and provides leadership for subsequent classes in 2019 & 2020.
  8. What is the schedule for didactic presentations?
    Each Thursday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm is dedicated to didactic instruction. Content area lecture presentations, procedural training workshops, practice management activities, board review sessions, and Maintenance of Certification activities will be provided during these sessions. Faculty will review periodically the available topics and tailor to residents’ needs.
  9. Are there high-quality schools in the area for my children?
    The region surrounding Bremerton has several public school districts including, the Bremerton School District, North Kitsap School District, Central Kitsap School District, and South Kitsap School District. Links to the district websites are included to the right in the "Helpful Links" box.

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