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Skagit Regional Clinics - Residency Clinic

Skagit Regional Clinics - Residency Clinic
819 S. 13th Street,
Mount Vernon, 98274

Phone Number: 360-814-6230


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Frequently Asked Questions

Tania Hernandez, DO exams a young patient

What are residents?

Residency is a stage of medical training following graduation from medical school. A resident physician is a person who has received a medical degree and is continuing training in a specific medical specialty.  Residents are doctors.  All of our resident physicians have received Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degrees.  They practice under the supervision of fully licensed physicians who are a part of our local teaching faculty.  Residency training gives these physicians an in-depth experience in the field they have selected (Family Medicine or Internal Medicine) and makes them qualified to become board-certified.

How long will residents be at SRC?

Our residency 
programs last three years.  After completion of their residency, the physicians will have the choice to continue practicing locally or practice at the location of their choice.

Can I establish care with a resident?

Yes.  Patients are able to see residents on an ongoing basis, if desired.  Typically residents will stay at SRC for a minimum of three years.  Nationally, 50-60% of residents stay in the communities where they train.  We hope that many will remain in the Skagit Valley following completion of their residency program.

Are DOs and MDs the same?

There are many similarities between DOs and MDs:
  • Both DOs and MDs complete four years of medical school and move on to complete a residency program in an area of their choice (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, etc.) which prepares them to practice in this specialty.
  • DOs and MDs must pass comparable examinations to obtain state licenses.
There are also some differences:
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine receive specialized training in Osteopathic Manipulative treatment (OMT), which involves hands-on care and using the hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury.  Using OMT, an osteopathic physician can move muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
  • Approximately 60 percent of practicing osteopathic physicians practice in the primary care specialties of family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN. 

Will billing be any different if I see a resident or an SRC physician?

The name of the resident’s precepting physician will appear on your billing statement.  However, charges will be the same whether you are cared for by a resident or SRC physician.

Is an appointment with a resident the same as an appointment with an SRC physician?

Residents are able to provide all the same services that an established SRC physician can provide (ordering tests, making referrals, etc.).  From the patient’s perspective, the flow of the appointment is the same – they check in at the same location, are roomed by an MA and seen by the doctor (resident).  Appointments with residents may take the same amount of time or more time than appointments with an established physician. The resident will discuss the plan of care with a member of the teaching faculty during or following each appointment. 

Will residents see patients in the hospital or use the hospitalist program?

A teaching hospitalist service will be established in which residents care for inpatients.  When possible, patients of the residents will be seen by members of the teaching hospitalist program.  Some members of our team of residents will form the teaching hospitalist service, so patients may be seen in the hospital by their resident physician.

How are residents supervised?

Members of the teaching faculty, which is comprised of established SRC physicians, will confirm residents’ findings and approve all treatment decisions for new residents.  As the residents gain more experience over the course of the three year program, they will be able to provide care more independently.  However, every patient encounter will be reviewed by faculty to ensure high quality care.

Will residents be able to perform OMT?

Yes.  Residents will be able to perform Osteopathic Manipulative treatment (OMT) during appointments.  This involves hands-on care.  Residents have been trained to use their hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury.  Using OMT, an osteopathic physician can move muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

What is OMT?

Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is hands-on care.  When appropriate, our osteopathic physicians will use their hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury.  OMT techniques are used to move muscles and joints by stretching, or applying gentle pressure and resistance. OMT can ease pain, support healing and increase mobility. OMT may be used to treat muscle pain or a variety of other health problems.