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Program Director's Statement

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As candidates to residency you find yourself in uncertain times, including a global pandemic of COVID 19, an economic recession, the murder of unarmed black fellow citizens, and historic levels of income inequality. Our own house, that of health care, is the number one cause of bankruptcy, and currently health care is considered a privilege, not a right. Stepping further forward, investing so much more in yourself against daunting odds of turmoil and insecurity is disconcerting. There is a lot of work to do and I am hopeful that together we can be part of the change. I am a gardener, and I sing in my garden: “Inch by inch, row by row, going to make this garden grow, all you need is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground.” Gardeners are optimists trusting in the abundance of seeds, and rain and sun. Gardeners clear rocky soil and get their hands dirty.

Tacoma Family Medicine is a community garden. We cultivate and are committed to the mission of accompanying and healing under-resourced and disadvantaged populations while practicing full-spectrum family medicine. I have the privilege of leading and serving in the role of the program director. Many look to the leader when selecting a program, but I encourage you to look at all of our community gardeners. The faculty at TFM are experienced and compassionate teachers. The staff is committed to the best health of our patients and your success in training. The residents are hard-working and have a great esprit de corps. We are proud of the growth in wisdom and skill achieved by our graduates in a mere three years. If we are so lucky to match together, you will have the privilege of executing the role of resident at Tacoma Family Medicine. You would join the community garden of coequals, from front desk worker to program director, each just performing different roles. “Row by row,” magic happens. You connect deeply with your patients, you participate in and witness healing and mercy, you learn incredible things, and you make lifelong bonds with colleagues. You will strengthen and grow, drawing experience, and resiliency from this common ground and the stewardship of our community. Graduates leave here empowered and prepared to heal the individual and advocate for their community with wisdom, compassion, and confidence. We welcome you.

Come join us.

- Kerry Watrin

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