SCMS Summer Membership Cruise – Thank You!

Message from the President

On August 28, 2016, the Snohomish County Medical Society Board of Trustees took members out for a summer cruise.  We thank you for your support of your local medical community and appreciate your membership and attendance at our first annual summer membership cruise.

This social event was sponsored by the SCMS. We were on the Argosy Sightseer and provided a buffet lunch and beverages. Family members and guests were welcome and in attendance.

We plan to do another cruise next summer! Please plan to join us in 2017.

A special thank you to those who attended the 2016 cruise and we look forward to seeing you next summer.

Jerry Yorioka, MD
SCMS President

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SCMS Summer Membership Cruise

Message from the President
On August 28, 2016, the Snohomish County Medical Society Board of Trustees would like to invite you to a summer cruise.  We thank you for your support of your local medical community and appreciate your membership.

This is a social event sponsored by the SCMS. We will be on the Argosy Sightseer and provide a buffet lunch and beverages. Family members and guests are welcome. Please include them in your RSVP.

Please RSVP by August 15, 2016. This is open to the first 50 SCMS members who RSVP.  Please save this date and join us for a 3 hour cruise departing from the Edmonds pier. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Boarding begins at 12:30 pm.  Once you RSVP and are confirmed, details for the cruise will be emailed to you.

Please RSVP the total number in your party and the number of children. Email your RSVP to:

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you this summer.

Jerry Yorioka, MD
SCMS President


SCMS Looks to Establish a Dialogue Forum

The Board would like to establish a forum for dialogue between the general public (patients) and organized medicine (physicians).  One suggested topic is “Does Everyone Need a Primary Care Physician?”   (Another is “The Threat of Human Trafficking in our Community”)   A recent presentation by Fire District 7 emphasized the importance to emergency services of having a known primary care provider.  If you have any thoughts on topics or how to plan a successful “public forum”  before the end of the year, please contact the SCMS office at: or call: 206-956-3624


Sea Mar Family Medicine Residency is ACCREDITED!

The ACGME has accredited the application for the first residency in Snohomish county- the Sea Mar Marysville Community Health Center Family Medicine Residency. It will start July 2017, with 6 Family Medicine residents. By the 3rd year, we will have 18 residents in the program.

A big thank you to Providence Hospital for their strong support from the start. Also, thank you to all the physicians in our community that have supported us, the response has been incredible. It will be great to have residents training here, and typically a significant number will stay in the community for their careers.

A little background- we are responding to the local (and national) need for more family medicine physicians. Sea Mar is the institutional sponsor, which is a newer model for residency training. This model has the clinic control the training priorities, as the clinic is where the physician will spend most of their career. The hospital is also important in training the residents, as the expectation is that our graduates will practice full spectrum family medicine. We are looking for residents that want to work in an underserved or rural practice setting. They will have the training to be pluripotent, practicing to the needs of the community they work in.

Currently we are developing the curriculum for each first year rotation. These are mainly inpatient rotations (IM,OB,surgery,ICU, NICU) as well as some outpatient (community medicine, peds, ortho,derm). Our faculty and “champions” at the hospital and in the specialty clinics are working together, discussing structure, goals and objectives for each rotation. There are also 6 weeks of elective time the first year, so we are looking at interesting rotation ideas for that time. We have good resources for attendings to access, regarding teaching tips, working with residents, staying on time, doing evaluations, etc. We are doing monthly faculty development sessions for our core faculty. I recently finished the University of Washington Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship. Prior to that, I did an AAFP NIPDD Family Residency Program Director Fellowship. I am using this training to help prepare faculty and attendings for their residency roles. We want everyone working with the residents to be supported and knowledgeable when they work with the residents. We will have a Sharepoint with information on the residents, and teaching/evaluating resources.

We will continue to work with UW medical students, and welcome the WSU medical students to Everett. It is exciting to see the area expanding in academic medicine. It is good to pay back and contribute to educating physicians that care for the next generation in our community. Please let me know if you are interested in teaching residents, we would love to talk to you!

Residency link:

Greg Sanders MD
Program Director
SCMS Trustee