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Seven local medical students will return to Spokane this summer after they graduate. Here's one.

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Marjorie Thompson will spend the next three years working at Spokane's Family Medicine residency program.

About a hundred students begin their medical education each year in Spokane. The hope is some of them stick around and make their careers here.

Earlier this month, the graduating students from Spokane’s two medical schools found out where they’ll begin their careers. Thirteen matched with residency programs in Spokane. Three come from WSU, 10 from the UW, six from its five-state WWAMI program and four more based in Spokane. Those include Marjorie Thompson.

“I am really excited about matching with Family Medicine Residency of Spokane because I did my advanced clinical rotation there and really got along well with the residents and faculty," Thompson said.

"Everyone was so smart and had great relationships with their patients. It was a really supportive environment and a few of the mentors that really got me excited about family medicine and everything you can do within family medicine are part of the residency program and so I’m really excited to work with them," she said.

Thompson is a westsider, a native of Puyallup. She has a UW undergraduate degree and soon a medical degree from the UW School of Medicine. She will spend her next three years learning family medicine. After that, “I would love to land back here in Spokane and continue practicing here," she said.

"I really like the community here. I think Spokane is such a wonderful mesh of urban underserved and it’s a big regional hub for rural areas across three states and I think the community is only to grow more and become more of a major player in health care and I’m really excited to be a part of that," she said.

She says it doesn’t hurt that Spokane has good access to a variety of outdoor activities.

Thompson has one more semester of medical school and then will take a short break before starting her new assignment in late June.

One of the Northwest's most seasoned reporters is returning to his SPR roots. Doug Nadvornick will be heard frequently on KPBX and KSFC reporting on local news.