“We create tailored experiences to develop exceptional physicians, fulfilled individuals, and innovative leaders.”

The benefit of a smaller program like Virginia Mason is that you can adapt the education to train you to be an exceptional physician. You will become one by practicing and providing exceptional care. You can talk with each rotation head to adapt the experience to help you know the variation in health care and clinical outcomes associated with your future career. That means you can spend more time in the clinic or on the inpatient services, even when you are on an elective.

“When I started residency, I knew I wanted to subspecialize and I was able to create a tailored experience at Virginia Mason that prepared me well for fellowship opportunities. I established a subspeciality continuity clinic throughout my second year of residency, which allowed me to explore my field of interest. I also appreciated the scholarly opportunities at Virginia Mason, with protected research time and the opportunity to present my research at local and national conferences. One of the highlights of my residency was working on the Medical Student Teaching Committee, helping to create a better learning environment for University of Washington medical students on their internal medicine rotation." — Laura Mayeda Saganic, Class of 2020

An advantage of Virginia Mason for residents is you have the option to specialize your elective experiences. Electives can be customized to meet the educational goals of individual residents — to focus on inpatient or outpatient medicine, particular disease states or subspecialties, or patient populations of interest. Most of the rotations have an outpatient focus but you can request to adapt the rotation to your future career. Some of our residents who know they would like to be hospitalists request to do all inpatient consultations or even join the inpatient service for part of their rotation. Since there are few fellows at the hospital, residents are pushed to build the plans and treatment options for the patients. They can request to perform procedures during their rotations to prepare them for their careers if they would like to focus on that aspect of their education.