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Sponsoring Institution

Dr. Scott NeeleyJennifer Oakes, MD, FACEP, FACMT

Emergency Medicine & Medical Toxicology
Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education
Dignity Health St. Joseph's Medical Center of Stockton


Working in the Central Valley has been one of the most rewarding decisions of my career. I have been in academic medicine for much of my career and I came to St Joseph’s Medical Center just over 4 years ago as the GME program was beginning to start the Emergency Medicine Residency program. I have found this work infinitely rewarding, at times challenging, sometimes frustrating, but always worthwhile. I feel greatly privileged to care for the members of our community and take part in the education of our future physicians. 

Growing the GME program has been a great endeavour supported by countless people at and around St Joseph’s. Bringing resident learners as well as additional medical students into the medical center has improved the care of the patients in our community tremendously. This has allowed us to recruit and retain some extremely talented new faculty physician educators, and will continue to allow us to expand our specialty and subspecialty support in many areas. We work to improve access for those in our community who suffer health care disparities and inequities. Our residency programs have expanded access and care for many patients in our region.

I feel incredibly blessed to work among people who truly embody HumanKindness everyday in their work with each other and their care of our community.

I hope to continue this work as the new Designated Institutional Official and Director of Academic Affairs as we continue to grow our Graduate Medical Education program and expand our Undergraduate Medical Education services as well as in my continued role as the EM program director.

For more information, please contact Jax Fernandes, Institutional Coordinator for Graduate Medical Education, at [email protected].