July Newsletter 2015
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      ATSU-NWRPCA Campus Newsletter    

Graduates, Student Profiles, and Recent News

July 2015



Congratulations Class of 2015!

 Where are our Graduates headed next?


Graham Becherer-Bailey

Allegiance Health, Michigan

Emergency Medicine


Anna Dyukereva

Henry Ford Hospital, Michigan

General Surgery


Carroll-Anne Heins

Allegiance Health, Michigan

Family Medicine


Matthew Kinney

 University of California, Irvine



Sean Myers

Kingman Regional, Michigan

Family Medicine


Taro Satake

PCOM/Good Samaritan Hospital, Pennsylvania

Family Medicine


Catherine Smith

Northern New Mexico FMR - Sante Fe

Family Medicine


Heather Westemeyer

University of Tennessee, St. Thomas-Murfreesboro, TN

 Emergency Medicine


Andrew Williams

Maricopa Integrated Health Systems, Arizona



Brinton Woods

Brown, Rhode Island

Family Medicine


Patrick Zimmerman

Danbury Hospital, University of Vermont

General Surgery


 From Student to Preceptor: Standley Adamek, DO

 Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

 Class of 2011

As a graduate of the ATSU-SOMA program myself, I am beyond  grateful to  be a preceptor for ATSU-SOMA Portland campus  students.  I have always  looked forward to the day that I could  share knowledge,  opinions,  predictions and personal experiences  with medical students.  Similar to the  preceptors I was fortunate  enough to have access to;  great physicians like  Al Turner, Jeff  Young, and Bryan Walls.  Being  not that far removed from  medical school myself, I know the physical  and mental grind that  medical  students endure. Rotations can all to  often be an intense  competition  amongst peers with a constant need  to prove ones  self under the  microscope of scrutiny. I want students to  know that medicine is not always  an intimidating beast but can be an  enjoyable career and lifestyle. It is my  intention that students come away from their rotation at my office with a  rekindled passion for medicine. 





Future OMS III: Jessica Sallstrom

Class of 2017

    Hello! My name is Jessica Sallstrom. I am a current second-year student at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) community campus in Portland, OR, in conjunction with NWRPCA. I am interested in pursuing a career as a primary care physician, potentially in Pediatrics.

      Infants begin to stumble-walk between 9 and 17 months. I’m sure you’ve seen it: they adorably waddle from the safety of their parents’ grasp – sometimes careening off-track and falling down. I am starting to walk on my own: technically a 21-month-old medical student, so I know a lot about fumbling. We are learning the tremendous intricacies of the human body and the seemingly endless ways those functions can go awry. As I see patients and hear stories of their journeys toward health and wellness, I am inspired to keep taking confident steps, growing in my understanding of the art and science of medicine.

    Patient health education and empowerment is everything.  This year I have been afforded the opportunity to rotate at a mobile clinic run by Outside In. With Oregon Partnership for Health Integration, Dr. Madnick focuses on physical health of adults with mental illnesses. These individuals “die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable medical conditions.”1 As OPHI addresses this health disparity through coordinated patient care teams - I see patients educated and equipped to make positive lifestyle modifications.

    As I look towards board licensing exams and clinical rotations at CHCs in the Northwest, I am filled with gratitude – for patients allowing me to learn from them, for medical educators who present information clearly and in a way that puts patients’ needs first. We all get to use our gifts to the best of our ability. As for me, I aspire to make strides in innovation and quality healthcare in communities throughout Northwest.


1. Parks, J.,et al. (2006). Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State MentalHealth Program Directors (NASMHPD) Medical Directors Council.


 Beyond Flexner: Social Mission in Medical Education

  By Naveen Kanithi, NWRPCA Workforce Manager

     Recently in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Beyond Flenxer conference was hosted by George Washington University and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.  The three day event in April 2015 was the second conference of its kind, the first being a few years earlier nearly 100 years after the initial Flexner Report was published. 

     What is this Flexner Report you may ask?  For those not familiar, Abraham Flexner was an American educator, who most notably conducted an exploration and evaluation into medical education across the USA and Canada, the largest such undertaking at that time.  His often times extremely critical view sparked a transformation in the medical education system – vying towards a more scientific, research based approach, with more rigorous standards and state regulation. 

100 years later, we move Beyond Flexner.  In fact, A.T. Still University is known as a Beyond Flexner institution.  Essentially, this movement values not only the fundamental science behind medicine, but also examines the social determinants of health.  With a view on community health, it is purposed that medicine must examine those social, economic, environmental, and even political factors that exist in a particular community or population group, to more fully understand the impacts on health these have for individuals and families. 

     The Beyond Flexner Conference was precisely the arena to bring together individuals and entities working in this dynamic field to discuss challenges, brainstorm solutions, network with past, current and future partners, and overall work collaboratively to increase the level of collective intelligence around these areas, ideally for practical purposes across populations. 

     Notable speakers included Jack Geiger who initiated the community health center model in the USA; Dr. Donald Berwick, formerly appointed by President Obama as Administrator of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); Dr. Rishi Manchanda, CEO of HealthBegins who has done pioneering work in the world of social determinants of health and upstream medicine; Thomas Nasca, CEO for ACGME; Christine Cassel, former President of American Board for Internal Medicine; Barbara Brandt, Director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education; Camara Phyllis Jones, President-Elect of the American Public Health Association; Dr. Jehan El-Boyumi, founder of the Rodham Institute and literally dozens more. 

     The network of A.T. Still related individuals such as Dr. Thomas McWilliams, Dr. Mara Hover, Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak (President/CEO of the Wright Center) as well as RDME and other staff were wonderful to see present at the 350 person sold-out event.  NWRPCA was also able to have a solid representation of four individuals including Seth Doyle, Theresa Vu, Jessica Burkard, and myself.  


  The conference also did a tremendous job of integrating attendees into the local culture and community – practically via site visits to medical facilities, schools, and other community based sites, to get a truer feel of the hearts and minds of the people here – not simply in a convention center, isolated from the outside world.  Further, a dinner and speaking event at a local cultural center featuring native song and dance also served to promote the richness of culture, and to be humbled in the process of learning, creating a receptive arena for the flow of information and dialogue. Overall, a phenomenal event and I would strongly encourage any interested, to aim to attend the next Beyond Flexner conference in Miami, 2016 (dates TBD).  




Career Center: Family Medicine Positions in Region X


Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center

Summary of Position:

To provide comprehensive primary medical care services to patients in a primary medical care ambulatory clinic setting.


  • Develops and maintains proficiency in delivery of primary care medical services per ANHC Provider Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Practice Management Manual.

  • Communicates the plan of care and all pertinent information to other members of the health care team to provide coordinated patient treatment.

  • Shares in delivery of after-hours medical care by cooperatively participating in the hospital call schedule.

  • Develops and maintains a working knowledge of basic CPR, anaphylaxis treatment, and emergency protocols as determined by the Quality Assurance Committee.

  • Practices ethical conduct at all times during patient contact.

  • Maintains an effective professional and respective relationship with other members of the health care team.

  • Maintains current written collaborative relationship with collaborative midlevel practitioners.

  • Participates in the development and maintenance of triage and advice guidelines for front desk team, staff nurses and nurse team lead.

  • Participates in BPHC audits, case management reviews and quality assurance reviews as necessary.

  • Participates in the yearly evaluation of peers, supervisors, and the provider's nurse.

  • Keeps customer service and the mission of the organization in mind when interacting with all clients, co-workers, and others.

  • As an employee of a federally qualified health center, the Physician Assistant will see all scheduled patients regardless of race, ethnicity, social or economic designation and will demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and needs.


Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI) is currently recruiting board certified family physicians for our expanding Teaching Health Center. Ideal candidates will have;

  • Previous experience with and the desire to teach resident physicians, medical students, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
  • Ability to maintain a full scope  of family medicine.
  • Interest in working with underserved and/or uninsured populations
  • Ability to speak a second language, such as Spanish, preferred.


Family Medicine Residency of Idaho Inc.

Our progressive  organization operates 6 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Ada County, Idaho. Our primary location is located in scenic Boise ,Idaho. Each of our clinic locations have received  Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home accreditation with residents training at four locations.


Mosaic Medical is looking for a Family Practice Physician 

To join our non-profit community health center system with primary care clinics in Prineville, Bend, Madras and Redmond.  The mission of Mosaic Medical is “to improve the health and well-being of the individuals, families and communities we serve.”  We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and cultural wellness for every patient through a team-based approach. Mosaic Medica

l proudly serves all patients insured and uninsured, regardless of race, ethnicity, or income.

Our organization maintains a HPSA rating of 17 and qualifies for National Health Scholars and National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs.  Mosaic Medical Bend offers an excellent environment for a Behavioral Health Consultant  who wants to be part of a larger medical community, collaborate with peers, and with local non-profit and government agencies. If you are searching for a change of pace, in an environment where you will make a difference to the people and communities of Central Oregon, consider this opportunity! 


Cowlitz Family Health

We are looking for Physicians / Nurse Practitioners who want to make a difference in providing outpatient medical services to the communities of Cowlitz, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties, including a strong drive to provide that care to a diverse population of patients with a variety of socioeconomic circumstances. In this position you will promote positive patient relations, must be team oriented with good primary care diagnostic and treatment, patient care and communication skills, participate in quality assurance/improvement activities, and have competence with electronic health records. 

Our ideal candidate must be licensed to practice in the State of Washington, without restriction, probation, or limiting condition or threat thereof. Board certified in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, or Internal Medicine/Pediatrics. Possess a valid, unrestricted DEA license. Demonstrated skill in diagnosing and treating medical conditions, great communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work well and collaboratively with all staff members. 


We offer a generous Benefit package

Visit our website www.cowlitzfamilyhealth.org 


For more details on these positions and many others in Region X visit the

NWRPCA Career Center at www.nwrpca.org 

 Participate in our Newsletters and Conferences!

 Katie Siri, Rotations Specialist

As the new Rotations Specialist for the ATSU-SOMA NWRPCA campus, I am excited to contribute to the outreach and coordination of student rotations. I especially look forward to continuing to work closely with our students and help them develop and reach their purpose-filled goals! If any students are interested in sharing their experiences in our newsletters, please contact me directly, kmsiri@atsu.edu / 503-504-1014. Special thanks to our students, Jessica Sallstrom and Tim Lemaire for participating in this year's Spring Primary Care Conference in Portland, and to our alumnus and current student preceptor, Dr. Adamek, for contributing to our newsletter this month.




Save the Date and Join Us!

Fall Primary Care Conference 

October 2015

Students interested in attending the Fall Conference, please contact:

Naveen Kanithi (nkanithi@nwrpca.org) and Theresa Vu (tvu@nwrpca.org)




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