Welcome to Kadlec Family Medicine Residency Clinic
Our three-year Family Medicine Residency program offers a broad spectrum of training including but
not limited to newborn care, pediatrics, women’s health, obstetrics, and geriatrics. We prepare resident
physicians to become leaders in the practice of comprehensive, compassionate family medicine and to
help improve access to health care in Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon. To help
facilitate our goal to know you, care for you, and ease your way, our clinic is set-up into four pod teams.
Each team is named by season: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. Each team includes: six
resident physicians, 1-2 faculty physicians, one shared nurse practitioner, behavior health
psychologist, registered nurse, multiple medical assistants, referral coordinator, and front desk staff.
These are the people who work together every day to make sure your concerns are taken care of and
you get the care you need. Our team system allows consistency when you call with a question or
problem. You will be directed to the same care team every time you come in. You may see a different
provider on your team if your primary care provider is busy. Each provider will still have the same access
to your information.
What is Residency?
For many, residency is the final stage of medical training for a resident physician. Once residency is
completed, they are eligible to take their board certification test in a primary care or referral specialty. A
residency program exposes resident physicians to the care of hospitalized and clinic patients, with
direct supervision of senior physicians.
How does the Kadlec Family Medicine Residency program work?
Since the residency program started in July 2015, the Kadlec Family Medicine Residency clinic has
had outstanding graduates from medical schools across the country attend the program. Every year,
the residency program receives hundreds of applications from new graduates interested in completing
their residency at our clinic. From the hundreds of applications, about 120 candidates are selected for an
interview. The interview itself is comprehensive and is a two day process. Candidates are interviewed by
physician faculty, resident physicians, and various other graduate medical educational personnel. Once
the match process has concluded, eight positions are filled in our program each year. Residency training
can be difficult for new doctors and for the patients too. Often patients feel as though the doctor is
- During the first year of residency, resident physicians are available in the clinic for two half days a
week to see their patients. The appointments are an hour long, transitioning into 40 minute
appointments by the second half of their first year of training. This allows them to see around four
patients per half day.
- During the second year of residency, resident physicians are available in clinic for two half days a
week to see their patients. The appointments are 40 minutes, transitioning to 30
minute appointments during the second half of their second year. This allows them to see
around eight patients per half day.
- During the third and final year of residency, resident physicians are available in clinic for three half
days a week to see their patients. The appointments are 30 minutes, transitioning to 20 minutes for
the last half of their last year. This allows to them to see ten patients per half day.
When your resident provider is not in the Kadlec Family Medicine Residency clinic to care for you, it is
because he or she is at the hospital or in the community learning other areas of medicine, often referred
to as being on “rotation.”
How do doctors become doctors?
- Four to six years of undergraduate education at a college of choice and receive a Bachelor’s of Science or Arts degree
- Medical School - Four years:
- Study basic medical sciences during the first two years
- Hands on experience with patients during the third and fourth years of medical school
- Upon graduation, receive a medical degree, or Doctor of Osteopathic medical degree
- Residency - Three additional years (Advanced training in family medicine):
- After medical school graduation, physicians further their education and experience through a residency in specialty fields such as family medicine, OB/GYN, internal medicine or surgery.