Seattle Group Health Family Medicine Residency Personal Statement

Family Medicine faculty and residents

Our residents are a wonderful group and bring a wide range of experience and interests to the residency. They have a passion for the future of health care. If we were to underscore some of the characteristics that make for a good match between Kaiser Permanente's program and our residents, high on the list would be self-starters who enjoy having a degree of control over their learning. Our residents are collegial, team-oriented, and are passionate about family medicine.

Health systems improvement: All residents are involved in the update and creation of Kaiser Permanente clinical guidelines and quality improvement work in the clinic as part of their scholarly work.

Advocacy and policy: Our residents maintain consistent representation on the board of King County Academy of Family Physicians and as participants in the Washington Academy of Family Physicians. One of the senior residents was selected to participate in the American Academy of Family Physician's "Emerging Leader Institute."

Research: Recent graduates have conducted research in primary care outcomes and sports medicine applications.

Curriculum development: Residents are paired with faculty in the development of the following projects: lean management, resident wellness, teaching and evaluating secure messaging and telephone visits, EMR training, and longitudinal residency curriculum development.

Areas of concentration: Recent graduates and current residents have established areas of concentration in HIV care, geriatrics, sports medicine, primary care outcomes research, systems management, reproductive health, and evidence-based medicine.

Meet Our Family Medicine Residents

Third Year
Anne Barnard
Stephanie Funez
Molly Garbus
Owen Kendall
Kate Schousen
Rachel Weiner

Second Year
Jessica Goman
Megan Hirsh
Raj Sundar
Natalie Wilhelm
Phyllis Ying
Denise Yu

First Year
Taryn Hansen
Brandon Hidaka
Shawna Okamoto
Emily Prazak
Martina Tam
Joy Thurman-Nguyen

Applying for Residency

Finding a residency program that fits your educational goals, your geographic needs and your lifestyle is critical to your success in residency and as a physician. Application and interview season can be a busy and often exhausting time. Our goal is to make your experience  with our program informative and as smooth as possible (and, hopefully, fun).   We only accept applications through the Electronic Application Service (ERAS).  First, be sure your application contains at least 2 letters of recommendation and is complete by October 31st. Your personal statement is the most important document you will write for residency. It should describe your goals for future practice and how you believe our program will help you to achieve them. We do not use a standardized exam cut off score for the purposes of interview selection but failure on the USMLE Step 2 or COMLEX Step 2 will exclude you from consideration or ranking.  Exam scores must be available to the program by our rank dates in February.  Those applicants who have graduated from medical school more than 1 year prior to application to our program are generally not considered. We accept only ECFMG sponsored J-1 visas.  


Interviews are conducted on Wednesday mornings from mid-November through the end of January. Interview dates for the 2017-2018 academic year are as follows:

  • November 8, 15, 29
  • December 6, 13
  • January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Our interview experience includes dinner with our residents the night before at a resident home. This provides an opportunity for you to meet informally with residents of the program in a relaxed atmosphere where you can ask questions about the program in preparation for interviews the next day. The interview day begins with a breakfast roundtable presentation from the faculty.  Applicants interview with both faculty and residents and a resident will guide you on a tour of all five Seattle clinic training sites.   Breakfast and lunch are included and applicants will have another opportunity to speak informally with residents and faculty at lunch.  The interview day starts at 07:30 and finishes about 4 p.m.

Rural Training Track Interviews

Applicants to the Swedish RTT must meet the same requirements as applicants to the Seattle sites described previously.  Because of the geographic distances involved, the interviews are conducted over two days.  Applicants start with an optional get together with faculty Monday evening in Port Angeles.  Interviews begin Tuesday morning at North Olympic Health Network with faculty followed by tours of the clinic and Olympic Medical Center.  Applicants will be able to leave Port Angeles by 2 PM to travel to Seattle for interviews and tours Wednesday.  For applicants applying to both the RTT and Seattle sites, the Wednesday interview day will be exactly as described in the previous section.  For applicants only applying to the RTT, applicants will finish at 1 PM.  The Wednesday interview includes breakfast and lunch for all applicants.  

RTT applicants will be reimbursed up to $350 for expenses related to travel and accommodation.

Interview dates for the 2017-2018 academic year are as follows:

  • November 7-8, 14-15, 28-29
  • December 5-6, 12-13
  • January 3-4, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31

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