Tacoma Family Medicine offers Sub-internships on a first-come, first-served basis to students in good academic standing whose career goals are consistent with our mission to train physicians for service in underserved areas. We strive to ensure students receive a realistic, hands-on family practice experience. Sub-Is generally are learning experiences of four weeks duration and we anticipate that students matriculating Sub-Is with TFM will interview for a residency training with us.
We offer a hospital-based Sub-Internship involving two-weeks with a senior resident or Fellow on the obstetrics service and two-weeks working with the senior resident and the interns on the family medicine service. Call for the sub-internship experiences is Q4. Students are provided a pager and a cafeteria stipend for meals when on duty in hospital.
Dates for a clerkship are individually negotiated but generally take place during our interview season—November to February. Clerkships are arranged by contacting Tom Egnew via e-mail at [email protected].
Arranging a rotation involves a phone interview to determine if the residency experience is an appropriate match between our mission to train residents for underserved medical practice and the students’ vocational interests and scheduling needs. Applicants are then reviewed by the faculty and the student is notified of the final decision.
Once a clerkship has been approved, you will receive information for completing the necessary administrative requirements with MultiCare’s GME Program Coordinator.
It has been said that “the best way to learn is to teach;” and medicine has traditionally followed an educational format of observe, do, then teach. In this spirit, Tacoma Family Medicine residents have ample opportunity to be involved in the teaching mission of the residency. TFM is a teaching site for the University of Washington required six-week third year clerkship in Family Medicine and residents are involved in teaching medical students both in the hospital and in the family medicine center. Likewise, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital is a rotation site for the University of Washington required six-week third year rotation in Pediatrics. Students on this rotation join the TFM clinical team and are supervised by the senior resident on that team. Residents also provide teaching/supervision of fourth year students matriculating Sub-internships through TFM. Additionally, our curriculum includes multiple teaching conferences presented by residents in our didactic curriculum, to include topics in psychiatry, gynecology, surgery and orthopedics. The capstone of these educational efforts is a presentation required of each of our senior residents in a regionally offered CME addressing an evidence-based answer to a clinical question.