Office of Rural Programs

Olympia LIC Learning Environments and Clerkships

Family Medicine, most of Psychiatry, some of OB, and the outpatient parts of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, along with a scattering of subspecialty and elective days, are blended each week over two 11-week blocks.  This allows for better continuity over longer periods of time to help foster deeper and more meaningful relationships with patients and preceptors, and to allow for more effective integration into the primary care healthcare teams with whom you will work.

Olympia LIC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Learning Environments

Providence St. Peter Hospital: Most of the inpatient experiences, both rotations and longitudinal, occur in this 390-bed not-for-profit community hospital.  The hospital provides care for the residents of Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor, and Pacific counties.

The Capital Recovery Center and Olympia Bupe Clinic:  students will spend time at this not-for-profit community mental health agency that provides an array of services to people working towards recovery in their lives.

Clerkship Specifics

Internal Medicine: a full-time 6-week block of inpatient learning at St. Peter Hospital embedded with a hospitalist team, and a consistent part-time stretch over two 11-week blocks with a local Internist.

Family Medicine: a consistent part-time stretch over two 11-week blocks with a local family physician.

OB/GYN: a full-time 3-week block with a local private practice group both in the inpatient and outpatient setting; additionally, a series of “shifts” with the inpatient OB hospitalist team spread out over the two 11-week blocks.

Psychiatry:  two full-time weeks of inpatient psychiatry at Providence St. Peter Hospital, and 15 days of inpatient consult-liaison at Providence St. Peter Hospital, integrated primary care outpatient behavioral health, outpatient care and psychoanalysis at the Community Care Center, exposure to substance use disorders at the Chemical Dependency Unit, and outpatient psychiatry with Providence Medical Group.

Pediatrics:  three full-time weeks of inpatient care at Providence St. Peter Hospital embedded with the Seattle Children’s Hospitalist group, and a consistent part-time stretch over one of the 11-week blocks with a local pediatrics group.

Surgery:  a full-time, primarily inpatient, 6-week block with a local private practice group.

Palliative Care:  a full-time, inpatient and outpatient, 2-week block imbedded with the palliative care team at Providence St. Peter Hospital.