Welcome to Internal Medicine Residency Spokane

We welcome the 2015-16 Internal Medicine Spokane first-year residents (L-R): Heidi Shovell, Maya Swaminathan, Sarah Newton, Vernon Rasiah, Joshua Hubbard, Lauren Johnson, Nicholas Auble, Jessica Lundgren, Eugene Lee, Jacquelyn Victoroff

What an exciting time to be in Spokane! Medicine has long been the economic force in Spokane (serving an extremely large geographic area encompassing western Montana, the Idaho panhandle, part of Oregon, eastern Washington and parts of Canada). Recently, medical education has come to the forefront. This year, we expanded our Internal and Family Medicine Residencies (from 7 to 10 residents/year) and developed a new consortium that has received a grant to form a Teaching Health Center to sponsor graduate medical education, including the development of new residencies. Finally, 20 additional medical students will be trained at the University of Washington WWAMI medical site located at the Washington State University Health Sciences campus in Spokane with plans to add 40 more students over the next five years. Our entire community is energized with the growth of both undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Internal Medicine Residency Spokane is unique in many ways. We are mission driven and deliver cutting-edge care to the poor and vulnerable. You will find an extremely sophisticated medical center at Sacred Heart where you as the resident are on the front line of patient care – developing diagnoses, writing orders, performing procedures – not vying with fellows for patient care. Our large referral area ensures that you will treat fascinating, complex cases and as well as common diagnoses. If you love to teach, we foster resident participation in education. Many of our inpatient and outpatient services have medical students and pharmacy students/residents year round, eager to learn from your expertise.

I love what one fourth-year medical student said:

      "During my Nephrology rotation, a cardiologist whom I had never met
      pulled me aside to review EKGs of hyperkalemic patients so I would be
      sure to recognize it in the future. He didn’t know me, but he saw a
      teachable moment and chose to take time for my education. This is
      representative of an atmosphere in which staff are clearly eager to teach
      and mentor."

Perhaps the most exciting of all, as part of a Teaching Health Center, we are participating in designing/building a brand new outpatient clinic that will foster interprofessional teaching while providing an integrated health model for our patients. We will work with ARNP, pharmacy, behavioral health, PT, OT, social work and nursing faculty and students. Our clinic will be a state-of-the-art facility that provides outstanding, comprehensive care to truly deserving patients.

As a smaller residency program, we know our residents well and have the ability to tailor a program to your needs. We structure IMRS by: 

  • Using case-based teaching as much as possible
  • Encouraging resident involvement in leading conferences, journal clubs, etc.
  • Mentoring each resident as an individual
  • Providing easy access to faculty – day or night
  • Role-modeling a passion for teaching and learning
  • Designing a vigorous three-year curriculum
  • Striving to keep you balanced so that you have ample time with family and friends
  • Promoting the use of humor in our teaching

Spokane is a great place to live with a wide variety of outdoor activities and an urbane downtown that includes a symphony and Broadway shows. Combined with talented physicians, sophisticated facilities and fascinating cases, IMRS is tough to beat. Please read further to find more details about what we have to offer.

Judy Benson, MD
Program Director

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine


Teri Yaeger
Program Coordinator
Internal Medicine Residency Spokane
101 W. 8th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99204
Phone: (509) 474-3022
Fax: (509) 474-5316
Email: teri.yaeger@providence.org

The Internal Medicine Residency clinic is open to the public and located at:

  • 104 W. Fifth Avenue, Suite 200W
  • Phone: 509-744-3750
  • Fax: 509-744-3969
  • Hours: M-F, 8 am-5 pm, closed for lunch 12:15-1:30 pm

2015-16 Residency Appointment Agreement

Graduate Medical Education Policies

The Spokane Teaching Health Center and Internal Medicine Spokane Residency Program have developed several important graduate medical education policies.

Our partners:

Spokane Teaching Health Center

Providence Health Care