Medical Family Therapy - Seattle Pacific University

Medical Placement


The MDFT program provides a four-quarter medical placement in a family practice or specialty medicine clinic where the role of intern is an integral part of the health care treatment team.

This includes:

  • 10 hours a week on-site in a medical clinic
  • Clinical case load with patients referred by clinic physicians and nurses
  • Charting and hallway consultations with referring physicians
  • Weekly on-campus small group supervision
  • Monthly medical consultations with UW Family Resident physicians

How Do I Get a Medical Placement?

SPU’s MDFT program has relationships with several community outpatient medical clinics. We are usually able to place students in one of these clinics. However, on occasion we will need to work with you to find a suitable site based on your interests and site availability. Some medical clinic placements require applications and interviews prior to a mutual decision.


Medical Sites

Medical clinic sites are located in the greater Seattle area and Tacoma. The majority of these clinics are outpatient family practice and specialty clinics where students work with attending doctors and nurses to serve their patients and families.

Examples of current medical clinics include:

  • University of Washington Family Practice Residency
  • Harborview Family Practice Residency
  • Swedish Radiation Oncology – Stevens
  • The Seattle Arthritis Clinic
  • Healthpoint Family Practice Clinics
  • Dr. Barbara Levy’s Gynecology Clinic