Seattle Children's Hospital Residency Program
Seattle Children's Hospital serves kids from rural areas of a five-state region: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Access to pediatric care can be challenging in these states given driving distances, difficult terrain and harsh weather. That's why the hospital is continually finding new ways to deliver care to these families.
In one example, Seattle Children's partnered with pediatricians throughout the state of Alaska to develop an innovative primary care track within the University of Washington/Seattle Children's residency program that focuses on rural/underserved care. Since 2012, pediatric residents in the University of Washington Pediatric Residency Alaska Track have provided direct care for children in Alaska, and helped improve the overall health of rural communities by developing innovative solutions to systemic issues from dental cavities to standardizing care for infants exposed to opioids. During their training, pediatric residents gain a full year of experience delivering primary care at sites across the state.
This residency program is working — not just to increase access to pediatric care in the short term, but in the long term as well. An astounding 80 percent of the program's graduates go on to practice in Alaska.
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