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Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in partnership with Vancouver Clinic welcomes new internal medicine residents

A new round of resident physicians will join Legacy Health in June. The Internal Medicine Residency Program will provide comprehensive medical education focusing on developing highly skilled primary care internists. “This is an exciting opportunity that plays a big role in the future of health care in Southwest Washington and nationwide,” said Dr. Jennifer LeTourneau, clinical vice president of medical education at Legacy Health. This year’s cohort of residents were selected from a field of 1,197 candidates.

This marks the second year of the program. Last June, the first 12 resident physicians began their training under the close care and supervision of attending physicians. They see patients in the hospital setting at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and in the outpatient setting at Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek 1. They are now considered 2nd year residents, and they will help support the 1st year residents who are just starting.

For doctors in internal medicine, residency is complete after three years. A residency program provides hands-on training, experience, and mentorship to care for adults 18 and older as primary care providers.

“We’re excited to welcome the best and brightest young medical talent to the program,” said Dr. Craig Riley, program director and medical director of medical education at Vancouver Clinic. “In a region growing as fast as Southwest Washington, expanding our primary care provider base with well-trained internists is imperative to caring for the communities we serve.”

Faculty for the program will include Legacy providers Dr. Sandra Law, Dr. Albert Rick, Dr. Navi Bassan, and Dr. Claire Gentile, and Vancouver Clinic providers Dr. Jasmine Chowdhury, Dr. Sonam Kiwalkar, Dr. Nicholas Wysham, and Dr. Priya Veeraraghavan. For more information on the program, go to Legacy Salmon Creek Internal Medicine Residency Program | Legacy Health.