Director's Message and Video Introduction

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Letter from Willard S. Chung, MD, Program Director

Welcome to Dignity Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program at Marian Regional Medical Center (Marian) on the beautiful central coast of California! We are delighted to share more about our program with you. Our residency program at Marian is uniquely positioned to give you a remarkable educational experience. We offer a dedicated faculty and varied training opportunities for residents, creating a solid foundation in family medicine as well as allowing for discovery and deepening of skills in areas of personal interest. We want to not only support and guide you throughout your residency training but also leverage your interests in the context of this rich learning environment.

The new Family Medicine Center is located next to the regional medical center. Since the opening of the new hospital facility in 2012, inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department visits have all increased annually. Over 3,000 babies are born every year. Half of all births in Santa Barbara County occur at Marian. Additionally, Marian is a designated Level III trauma center, STEMI-receiving center, and certified as an advanced primary stroke center by the Joint Commission. For the past several years, the Marian Heart Center has ranked in the top ten percent nationally. Other centers of excellence include comprehensive maternal and child health services and an award-wining cancer center.

Marian is located in a place where many come for vacation. But it is also predominantly an agricultural region. Driven to provide quality health care to the community, Marian is the sole hospital in the Santa Maria Valley and is located in Santa Maria which has a population of more than 100,000. Over 71 percent identified as Hispanic and 58 percent spoke Spanish at home in 2014. Almost half of all female-headed households with children lived at or below the Federal Poverty Level. There is a large undocumented population who, therefore, face additional barriers to health care access. 

As the Program Director, I encourage you to consider joining the dynamic team of expert physicians, skilled nurses and health care professionals here at Marian. We embrace your passion for medicine and provide you with both an inspiring and provocative learning environment. The patient population is diverse and challenging, and faculty will work enthusiastically with you to provide evidence-based health care. We are currently looking for the brightest, most talented and dedicated family medicine physicians who are determined to be leaders in their field of practice. 

I am proud to be part of a residency program at a teaching hospital that is committed to remaining at the forefront of the latest medical innovations and offers a curriculum built on a solid foundation of clinical science. Choosing where to apply and, ultimately, where to do your residency is not an easy decision. I encourage you to further explore the Marian Family Medicine Residency Program. I, along with the rest of our team, look forward to meeting you.


Willard S. Chung, MD
Program Director
Marian Family Medicine Residency Program