Internal Medicine

This is a group shot of the 2016-17 Spokane Internal Medicine Residency class.

We welcome the 2016-17 Internal Medicine Spokane first-year residents (L-R): Justin Chen, Khushpreet Saini, Brian Gavron, Taylor Christensen, David Applebury, Lauren Benson, Kurt Myers, Sama Kamal, Dan Rona-Hartzog, Joseph Lai

Internal Medicine Residency

Spokane Residency Program


What an exciting time to be in Spokane! Medicine has long been an economic force in Spokane, which serves as a health care hub for 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. We  developed a new consortium in 2013 that formed a Teaching Health Center to sponsor graduate medical education, including the development of new residencies. We have added new residencies as a result. Finally, the University of Washington has increased the number of medical students in Spokane and Washington State University is planning to open a medical education program in the near future. 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 urban 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

Contact Us:

Teri Yaeger
Program Coordinator
Internal Medicine Residency Spokane
101 W. 8th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99204
Phone: (509) 474-3237
Fax: (509) 626-9917