Why is UW expanding medical training programs with ERD-Restricted Physicians?

Below is a position description which was posted on Linked-In by PeaceHealth.
Note the very heavy emphasis on the religious mission and the very specific mention of the Religious and Ethical Directives – especially as they relate “to the living and the dying.”  (I’m trying to think of who might have been left out.)
The University of Washington is looking to expand its medical residency program with PeaceHealth in Family Medicine.  It’s difficult to fathom how or why Washington State would want medical students to learn from Family Medicine physicians who are restricted from providing contraception, tubal ligations, or a direct abortion under any circumstances, even when a woman’s life is in danger.  The idea that UW medical students should learn under physicians who are prohibited from providing essential services is dangerous in both the short and long-term.  We need physicians who apply the principles of evidence-based medicine; we don’t need physicians who look to Rome or the Catholic bishops for rules on what health care should be provided.
A PDF of the job description as it originally appeared on Linked-In is available by contacting the CatholicWatch editor.
Physician – Family Medicine (with OB) Job
PeaceHealth – US – WA – Vancouver
At PeaceHealth, we carry on the healing mission of Jesus Christ by promoting personal and community health, relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in a loving and caring way.  The fulfillment of this Mission is our shared purpose.  It drives all that we are and all that we do.  To those who embrace the spirit of these words and our commitment to Exceptional Medicine and Compassionate Care, we offer the opportunity to learn and grow as a member of the PeaceHealth family.
Department:  Family Practice Fishers Landing
We offer the unique opportunity to practice the full scope of Family Medicine- including Obstetrics.  PeaceHealth realizes the importance of a strong primary care base and how important our Fami Medicine providers are for our communities.
We are actively seeking physicians who are interested in joining the Family Medicine team at PeaceHealth Medical Group’s Fisher Landing Clinic.
Our mission, values and ethics emphasize human dignity, social justice and working for the common good, in conjunction with these teachings, we follow the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care services that include social, pastoral, and spiritual responsibility, the dignity of the patient relationship, and how we care for the living and the dying.
We carry on the healing mission of Jesus Christ by promoting personal and community health, relieving pain and relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in a loving and caring way.  The fulfillment of this Mission is our shared purpose.  It drives all that we are and all that we do.  To those who embrace the spirit of these words and our commitment to Exceptional Medicine and Compassionate Care, we offer the opportunity to learn and grow as a member of the PeaceHealth family.  (Editor’s note:  Yes, I realize much of this is a repeat of earlier paragraph, but they felt so strongly about the Mission paragraph, they included it twice.)
PeaceHealth is a financially strong organization.  We offer competitive compensation and robust benefits – including excellent health coverage, CME reimbursement, relocation assistance, educational loan reimbursement, retirement pans, fully paid malpractice insurance and more.  In addition, Washington State has no income tax.
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One thought on “Why is UW expanding medical training programs with ERD-Restricted Physicians?

  1. KAC

    Another interesting and informative posting! Thanks, as always.

    The motives behind this maneuver by the UW are opaque. Certainly, the UW has no shortage of training facilities for students, residents or fellows in Family Practice or other disciplines. There are, to my knowledge, no uniquely held skills or knowledge base possessed by PeaceHealth physicians. Therefore, training is not the motive force behind this move.

    Patient transfers are presently “one way” only: from PeaceHealth to UW facilities. Patients transferred to the UW by PeaceHealth are generally those who are the sickest and pose the largest financial risk to PeaceHealth; patients such as these are not seen by Family Practice. Those patients who remain at St. Joseph tend to be the average sort seen at many Seattle-area hospitals. Patients such as these will be seen and treated by residents or fellows at UW-affiliated and local community hospitals anyway, so unique patient treatment scenarios are not the motive, either.

    So, accepting these facts and excluding them from considerations as probable explanations for the “affiliation” suggests another motive behind the maneuver. As Mark Felt (better known as the Watergate-era’s “Deep Throat”) remarked, “Follow the money”. Given the repeatedly validated truth of Felt’s epigram, I suspect the real reason lies there.

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