Patient Population

As a Virginia Mason resident, you are exposed to a wide variety of patients with a range of backgrounds, medical issues, and economic circumstances. Residents are exposed to diversity both within the Virginia Mason health system and through our community partners.

Virginia Mason Health System
The Virginia Mason Health System includes both the main hospital and outpatient clinics in downtown Seattle, as well as seven regional medical centers. About 15 percent to 20 percent of our patients identify as a racial minority, and we are a tertiary referral center where patients from community hospitals or other states are referred for specialty care. About half of our patients in the hospital have commercial insurance, while the other half is a mix of Medicare, Medicaid and uninsured. This creates a rich learning environment for our residents to gain experience in not only a diversity of medical conditions but also work with patients facing a variety of socioeconomic challenges.

Eastgate Public Health Center Continuity Clinic
Many residents have continuity clinic at Eastgate Public Health, which is a King County Public Health clinic. At this clinic, residents are able to practice many aspects of medicine and care for a diverse group of patients. Most of the patients are uninsured or underinsured, and there is a small minority who are homeless. Many of the patients have lived in other countries, which means that their medical issues can range from common chronic conditions such as diabetes to infectious disease less commonly seen. In addition, most of the patients do not speak English, but speak most commonly Spanish and Urdu, among others. This clinic site offers the opportunity to work with an underserved population who often present with complex medical conditions.

NeighborCare Health at Pike Place Market Continuity Clinic
A few residents opt to have continuity clinic at the Pike Place Market clinic site which serves a population of underserved and mostly homeless patients. This group of patients often struggle with substance abuse and mental health issues, but they also present with a wide variety of common and rarer diseases. Residents at this clinic enjoy working with patients with a different perspective and serving a population that often does not have access to good health care.

Harborview Emergency Department Elective
Second and third year residents can decide to do an elective at the University of Washington’s Harborview Emergency Department. This county hospital is not only a highly ranked level 1 trauma center, but it also sees a diverse and underserved patient population. During their four week rotation at the Harborview Emergency Department, residents gain experience in a different hospital system as well as learn from a diverse patient population.