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Residency Curriculum


Inpatient Rotations

Family Medicine – Inpatient: Residents care for hospitalized patients at St. Joseph’s Medical Center throughout their three years. St. Joseph’s Medical Center boasts over 300 inpatient beds, and as the busiest medical center in the Stockton region residents will care for patients with a broad range of diseases. The Stockton community is both racially and socioeconomically diverse, and includes a large immigrant population. 

Intensive Care Unit: Residents will become proficient in managing critical care patients during their ICU rotations at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. St. Joseph’s has 24-hour-a-day Intensivist coverage and residents will be an integral part of the ICU team caring for critically ill patients. 

Obstetrics: Residents will be on-call on the labor and delivery unit at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Residents will perform deliveries under the supervision of hospital physician staff and assist in C-sections. Additionally, upon discharge both mother and newborn may be scheduled for follow-up in a resident’s continuity clinic. 

Pediatrics: Residents will spend time caring for newborns and pediatric inpatients at St. Joseph’s Medical Center throughout their residency.

Emergency Medicine: Residents spend time in each of their residency years caring for patients in the St. Joseph’s Emergency Department. Residents obtain a variety of "hands-on" experience including line placement, intubation and wound care. Residents are allowed to participate in the care of any patient who comes through the door.

General Surgery: St. Joseph’s Medical Center has a tradition of resident involvement on their surgical teams, through a long-standing relationship with San Joaquin County General Surgery training program.  Family medicine residents will have the opportunity to participate in surgical cases and care for pre- and post-operative surgical patients. 

Skilled Nursing Facility: Residents participate in the care of patients at Windsor Elmhaven Care Center.  A Family Medicine physician with board certification in Geriatrics supervises this rotation. 

Radiology: Although radiologic interpretation is integrated throughout the 3-year curriculum, residents have a dedicated rotation both their first and second years combining training in the St. Joseph’s Medical Center radiology department and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). 

Palliative Care: Residents rotate as part of the dedicated St. Joseph’s Medical Center palliative care team

Outpatient Rotations

Community Medical Centers – Channel: Residents provide care to a continuity patient panel throughout their three years of residency at this well established outpatient clinically site. Residents will become proficient using the clinic’s NextGen electronic medical record system in caring for a diverse population of patients. 

Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine: Through a partnership with Stockton’s largest Orthopedics group, Alpine Orthopedics, residents will gain experience in fracture management, joint injections, radiologic interpretation, and caring for patients with spine and other musculoskeletal disorders. Residents are under the supervision of general and specialty trained orthopedist including hand, spine, and sports medicine specialists. 

Surgical Subspecialties: Residents have dedicated rotations in Otolaryngology, Urology, and Ophthalmology supervised by board certified physicians in these fields. 

Gynecology: In addition to a robust obstetrics experience and caring for gynecologic disorders during their family medicine rotations, residents gain additional gynecologic experience during two dedicated months working with specialists from the Gill Obstetrics and Gynecology Group. 

Cardiology: Residents spend a month during their second year training with Board Certified Cardiologists caring for patients at the San Joaquin Cardiology Medical Group.

Dermatology: Residents have a dedicated month of dermatology to gain proficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of dermatologic disorders.

Behavioral Health: Through a community health rotation, residents rotate through the St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center learning from both psychiatrists and psychologists. Skills gained include mental health screening, treatment of mood disorders, and substance use counseling and detoxification.

Electives: PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents will have 4-weeks of elective each year