Legacy Salmon Creek Internal Medicine Residency Program

A department of Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center

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Our mission

The Legacy Salmon Creek Internal Medicine Residency is committed to providing a comprehensive medical education with a focus on developing highly skilled primary care internists. Residents will graduate with a strong background in culturally inclusive and compassionate communication, critical appraisal and comprehension of high-value cost-conscious evidence-based practice, and the lean-based quality improvement skillset necessary to execute successful population-level healthcare interventions.

Fast facts

  • First intern class began June 2022
  • 12 residents per year, 36 residents total
  • No transitional or preliminary year residents
  • Unopposed program both inpatient and outpatient
  • Wards rotations at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
  • Ambulatory rotations at Vancouver Clinic – Salmon Creek
  • Primary care focus

"I look forward to working with a diverse, brilliant, and compassionate faculty team comprised of representatives from both organizations to help you grow during residency, even beyond what you currently think is possible. It is not our intention to make you a strong primary care internist. It is our intention to help you shape the world around you as a leader, an educator, a clinician, and a kind, compassionate, caring person."  Read More

Dr. Craig Riley, Program Director

Our Values

  • Team-based clinical care
  • Diverse representation in our faculty and housestaff, providing the best possible care for all patients from all backgrounds
  • Outpatient care delivery innovation across the entire continuum of care
  • Value-stream thinking, prioritizing long-term vision
  • Diverse inputs in decision-making
  • Provider wellness and burnout prevention
  • Support for families in their many forms
  • Lean-based quality improvement methods in innovation
  • Equitable representation in program governing committees
  • Timely, actionable, coaching-focused feedback
  • Collaborative conflict resolution

Your learning experience

This is a uniquely designed Internal Medicine Residency with a focus on outpatient primary care, high-value cost-conscious care, and evidence-based population health. You should apply for our program if you desire a cutting edge rigorous education in outpatient primary care exploring unique models of primary care delivery, emphasizing strategies that prevent hospitalization. Internal medicine residents will primarily serve Medicare-aged residents of Southwest Washington with many intersecting chronic medical conditions. Exposure to underserved populations will occur via Free Clinics throughout the region.

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center is modern cutting-edge medicine at its very best. The hospital has been consistently recognized as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals (top 1%), including in 2020 and 2021.

Vancouver Clinic has existed for 85 years and caring for people – providers, patients, and staff – has long been its first priority. Compassion is entrenched in its mission and values and manifested in its culture.