About PTHA’s Residency Program

PTHA Family Medicine Residency Program Mission Statement

PTHA Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency provides a full-spectrum, high quality education with qualified faculty who promote wellness and culturally appropriate care in a community-based, supportive environment.  We strive to be integrative and teach strategies for working with Native American Traditional Medicine approaches, to prepare our residents to care for underserved Native communities.

PTHA Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program

Puyallup Tribal Health Authority is the health care division of the Puyallup Tribe, in Tacoma, Washington.  PTHA is considered an urban underserved tribal clinic and serves all eligible Native Americans living within its service area of Pierce County.  PTHA was the first tribal clinic in the country to enter into a “638 self-determination” contract with the Indian Health Service, which meant that the tribe would be responsible for running its own medical clinic.

The Puyallup Tribal Health Authority created the country’s first tribal family medicine residency program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association in July 2011. Here at PTHA you experience a different type of environment; a cultural, traditional, welcoming family environment.

The Puyallup Tribe is known for great hospitality and welcomes anyone who comes to visit their land. You learn how to work with a unique group of peoples, People of Native American descent who all come from various backgrounds. You will learn the ways of traditional medicine, and be culturally aware of your surroundings. It is a great once in a lifetime experience to work with, and for the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority’s Residency Program.

Our program is driven to help develop the best health care providers for native peoples. We strive to bring awareness of the health disparities in tribal communities, and to create sustaining bonds between generations of residents and patients.