UW TRUST Partnership

Providence Internal Medicine Residency Spokane (PIMRS) is pleased to participate with the University of Washington (UW) in the Targeted Rural/Underserved Track (TRUST) Program.

University of Washington TRUST site

PIMRS was founded in 1979 in conjunction with the UW Department of Medicine with the primary purpose of channeling general internists into communities in the Inland Northwest.  In the years since its founding, the program has focused on exceptional community based training that prepares physicians to care for a traditional adult medicine practice in both rural and urban underserved communities and in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Many program graduates work in smaller communities across the WWAMI region such as Sandpoint ID, Great Falls MT, Lewiston ID, Whitefish MT, Hamilton MT, Fairbanks AK, Pullman WA, Toppenish WA, Gig Harbor WA, and Pasco WA to name a few.

We will happily and diligently work with TRUST scholars (in the context of ACGME and Internal Medicine RRC requirements) to keep scholars either connected with their host communities when possible or provide opportunities to establish connections to new communities in the Northwest of interest to scholars.  We are a smaller program that takes pride in creating a comfortable, fun, and rewarding learning environment while tailoring training to our residents’ career aspirations.

If you have strong interest in general internal medicine, please contact us at any point in your medical training (the earlier, the better).  Our goal would be to provide you with internal medicine clerkship opportunities in Spokane and/or Pullman prior to you locating at your WRITE site.  Additionally, we would connect you with elective internal medicine clerkship opportunities in Spokane during your fourth year – all part of the process of creating a path to possible early acceptance at PIMRS.

Below is an overview of how PIMRS can integrate within the TRUST curriculum and continuum by building a foundation for your career in internal medicine all the way through your years of residency training.
Contact Matt Hollon, MD MPH (mfhollon@uw.edu) if you are a TRUST scholar interested in working with us at Providence Internal Medicine Residency Spokane.

MS1/MS2 years

Governed by the core elements of the TRUST program, we would provide early mentorship to scholars interested in careers in internal medicine including opportunities for preceptorships with general internists (for students based in Spokane) and/or placement with general internists in the RUOP program through coordination with RUOP administrators.

MS3 year
Internal medicine core clerkship at PIMRS (8 weeks) in the summer or autumn quarter prior to moving to WRITE site.

MS4 year
We encourage scholars to take advantage of fourth year electives in Spokane by completing an internal medicine sub-internship and/or subspecialty medicine clerkships through PIMRS.  In the near future, we also hope to offer a 4 week ambulatory internal medicine elective.  Of course, fourth year is also the start of the application process to residency and we would coordinate with scholars on possible early acceptance at PIMRS per the TRUST process.

Residency Training

At a minimum we would offer the TRUST scholar who accepts a position at PIMRS one month each year during three years of training in or near his or her target community.  Outside of clinical learning opportunities, residents within our program gain important experiences understanding the broader role of physicians in health organizations and communities through, for example, projects on quality improvement and participation in hospital committees.  Again, we pride ourselves on working within the governing requirements of internal medicine residency education to tailor your experience during residency to your career goals.  We would love to share our passion for general internal medicine with you.