Rural Track Training


The University of Washington Chelan Rural Training Program is a 1:2 program based out of the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency. This unique program offers the best of both worlds as it combines the benefits of a large academic program with the hands-on, real world experience you expect from rural training.  

The core program is based in Seattle, WA where 24 residents (8-8-8) are educated on an ongoing basis. This is a well-established residency program based out of the nation’s #1 ranked University of Washington Department of Family Medicine. The Chelan Rural Training Program residents (2-2-2) will spend their intern year in Seattle getting to know the core program and getting excellent training in the core clinical skills for family medicine, inpatient medicine, ICU care, high risk OB, and trauma-based emergency room care. They will then move to Chelan, WA where they will join Columbia Valley Community Health (CVCH).

CVCH is a Federally Qualified Health Center in North Central Washington committed to serving underserved communities in the area. Residents will participate in a fully longitudinal curriculum to maximize continuity of care and help residents develop real world skills needed to practice full spectrum family medicine. 


Training team-based physician leaders to provide access to improved health and wellness with compassion and respect for all.


  • Rural clinical site is a Federally Qualified Health Center committed to providing care to the underserved communities in the area
  • Opportunities for Spanish language immersion program
  • Active community engagement
  • Robust behavioral health and addiction medicine program
  • Full spectrum family medicine including surgical OB from well-trained family physicians
  • High volume of clinic and hospital procedures including colonoscopy/EGD for interested learners
  • Several options for full spectrum jobs in North Central Washington post-residency



Traditional block schedule model with continuity clinic at Harborview Medical Center. This is an urban underserved clinic serving South and Central Seattle. It is culturally and ethnically diverse with >50% interpreted visits. Residents will learn team-based care as the work closely with care coordinators, behavioral health specialists and social workers to address many social challenges including homelessness, substance use and abuse, and mental health disorders.

Residents will have 21 days of vacation during intern year. There are no elective opportunities in this year.

Block diagram—each block is a 4 week rotation. Blocks with two rotations listed are split into 2 week rotations.















Adult Inpt Family Medicine

FM Core Skills/ Scholarship

Critical Care Medicine


Ortho/ Sports Med

Emergency Medicine

Gyne / Palliative Care

Peds Inpatient

Peds Emergency

Adult Inpt Medicine

Adult Inpt Medicine

Emergency Medicine







Residents will have a fully integrated longitudinal curriculum during their second and third years. Residents will have a full panel of continuity patients and ample outpatient clinical experience at CVCH. CVCH is a progressive community health center with a fully-integrated EMR and our services include medical, dental, and behavioral health. We are early adopters of the Patient Centered Medical Home and integrated behavioral health and are accredited by the Joint Commission.

Residents will also take call at the Lake Chelan Community Hospital (LCCH) one day per week and every fourth weekend. These will be 24 hour call shifts taken from home. Residents will be involved with anything that comes into the local hospital including trauma calls, all hospital admissions (adults and peds), and OB admissions and triages.

This innovative longitudinal curriculum will allow residents to have better continuity both in clinic and in other clinical settings including OB, inpatient, and assist living facilities. It will also allow residents to better experience what life is like as a practicing physician. This curriculum caters to engaged, independent adult learners and will allow greater flexibility with electives and special interests/projects.

Residents will have 8 weeks of elective per year. They will have 21 days of vacation per year.


Chelan, WA is an agricultural and tourism based town pushed into the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains 180 miles east of Seattle. The year round population is about 4,000 but it increases to 15,000-20,000 in the summer months with visitors enjoying our 55-mile long, glacier-fed lake. It is packed with local culture and ample outdoor activities year round.

The medical community includes six family physicians with active admitting privileges divided between two practices (Columbia Valley Community Health [CVCH] and Lake Chelan Clinic [LCC]), and a 25 bed critical access hospital (LCCH). Thirteen of the 25 beds are an inpatient drug and alcohol rehab facility (The Sanctuary) with a full time psychiatrist and two substance abuse counselors. LCCH also employs a general surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, podiatrist, and gynecologist. The closest medical referral site is forty miles south of Chelan in Wenatchee, where there is a large poly-specialty medical group and regional hospital (Confluence Health).

Learn more about the community of Chelan
The Beautiful Area

Video of Lake Chelan

Getting there:

You can reach Chelan by car (about 3 hours from Seattle and 3 hours from Spokane) or you can fly into Pangborn Memorial Airport in Wenatchee (20 minute flight from Seattle) and then drive 40 minutes from Wenatchee to Chelan. 













Columbia Valley Community Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving Chelan and Douglas counties in North Central Washington, with sites in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, and Chelan. CVCH was the first Joint Commission accredited Patient Centered Medical Home in the Pacific Northwest. We practice fully integrated, patient-centered, team-based care with a primary care team including eight family medicine physicians (two in Chelan), three pediatricians, four midwives, thirteen mid-level providers, four PhD psychologists, and four pharmacists. CVCH is regionally recognized as a progressive and entrepreneurial safety net provider for underserved communities in our area.







The University of Washington Family Medicine Residency-Chelan Rural Training Program is currently seeking ACGME accreditation. We will have final notice of accreditation in October, 2017. Once accreditation is obtained, we will open a separate match number through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants are only selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants are welcome to apply to both the core program and the rural track or just one or the other. Interview dates will be posted once we have obtained accreditation.

Minimum Screening Requirements:

For more information on minimum screening requirements and visa information for foreign medical graduates, please visit the core program website.


For more information, please visit the core program website.


The Lake Chelan Health & Wellness Foundation

Do you have more questions? 
Learn more from our brochure below, and email to schedule a phone call with the Rural Site Director, Dr. Keri Bergeson. She would love to share more about the community and what it is like to learn, live, and work in Chelan.  


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