University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program

Contact Information

University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program
4245 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Description of Program 

Residents can elect one to two months for international rotations, one in the R3 year and optionally in the R2 year. The UW medical school presents a yearly conference in global health for interested residents for pre-site training, and is planning a multi-specialty resident pathway in global health that is not yet implemented. Additionally, our continuity clinics see a large number of multicultural patients and provide excellent training for caring for international populations in the United States.

Location(s) of program: FM residents historically have gone to a number of sites (Argentina, Ecuador, Honduras, San Salvador, Guam, Kazakhstan and New Zealand [Maori]). The UW is working to confirm established ongoing sites in Kenya and Peru for future resident training.

Description of field experience: One-month blocks for global sites, typically outpatient work in clinics. Some have involved site planning and training of local personnel.

Description of didactics: Yearly global health conference, within which are modules for skill-building. Occasional presentations by physicians who have recently practiced in international settings. Cultural competency workshops.

Cost to individual resident: Travel and housing costs are paid by the resident, unless covered by the site or by grants (not always available).

Number of residents who have participated in the last two years: 5

Description of faculty involvement: One faculty liaison to the global health working group. Two FM faculty are participating in current field work in global health. The UW has a Department of Global Health with multiple faculty, including some family physicians.

Does the program accept medical students for trips? No

Does the program accept residents from outside the program for trips? No

Approximate time of year/duration of trips: Individually arranged, episodic.