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First WSU residency program welcomes inaugural class

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Dr. Matt Hansen (second from left) speaks with colleagues at Providence Everett. Dr. Hansen is the director of WSU's first medical residency program.

As WSU medical students tore open their virtual Match Day envelopes today to learn where they matched for residency, the WSU Internal Medicine Residency Program – Everett simultaneously learned which 16 individuals from across the country will make up the inaugural class of its residents.

Those selected include eight from the Pacific Northwest – six of whom are from Washington – and 10 from rural and underserved backgrounds, as well as a range of allopathic, osteopathic, traditional, and non-traditional medical school experiences.

The program, which earned accreditation and began receiving applications for their coveted positions in September 2020, is the University’s first medical residency. It builds upon the same mission, values and foundational principles of the WSU College of Medicine, which emphasizes training to serve the health care needs of communities in Washington.

“We are thrilled to fill all 16 of our residency positions with these talented future doctors to train and serve right here in Washington,” said Dr. Matthew Hansen, program director for the WSU Internal Medicine Residency Program – Everett. “We are ready for these individuals to begin serving the greater Snohomish County and surrounding areas this summer and to help build a legacy of excellence for every future resident of this program.”

The residents were selected from more than 1,900 applicants representing 662 medical schools from across the country and the world. Of the applications received, more than 200 individuals were interviewed for the 16 available positions.

With an emphasis on providing primary care to meet the needs of the region, residents will be based at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and rotate with several area clinics and physician groups over their three years of training including The Everett Clinic, Snohomish Kidney Institute, North Sound Emergency Medicine, Western Washington Medical Group, and Providence Medical Group Northwest. In their second and third years, residents will spend one month per year in rural and underserved communities where they are needed most. This mission-aligned training enables residents to gain in-depth experience serving the unique needs of patients in these locations, and to build professional relationships and a support structure for physicians already serving these communities.

For more information about applying to the WSU Internal Medicine Residency Program-Everett or to learn more about the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, visit

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