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“In this community, it is our hospitals and our residents that care for the most vulnerable - something I do not think should be overlooked or understated. Many start down the path of medicine with altruistic, optimistic, perhaps lofty goals of caring for the undeserved. Somewhere along the line they become jaded, or perhaps economically enticed, and the calling that brought them to medicine becomes lost. The reason medical students choose this program, the reason our faculty work here, the reason I am here is because Dignity Health has not lost sight of this path. We work here because we are proud to take care of those others might neglect. We have stayed true to our mission. Our residency is a product of our commitment to train our future primary care work force, and to treat those most in need. This is truly something to be proud of."
Established in 1994, the Dignity Health Methodist Hospital of Sacramento Program was created to train the best and brightest Family Medicine Physicians in a hospital system focused on caring for the undeserved of our community. In 2012 the program once again received the highest level of residency accreditation, a reflection of the dedication and talent of the residents and faculty that continue the program’s reputation for exceptional primary care training.
From day one residents learn hands on working one-on-one with attending physicians from primary care and virtually every specialty in a completely unopposed community hospital setting where ultimate respect and value is placed in primary care. On OBGYN, family medicine residents deliver the babies, in the ICU they place the central lines and run the codes. Residents quickly learn to feel comfortable handling the most complex patients in the outpatient and inpatient settings gaining skills that will allow them to practice in any setting they choose. Outpatient and inpatient procedures are abundant, and opportunities for inpatient procedures such as central lines, lumbar puncture, paracentesis, thoracentesis and intubation are the norm. In the outpatient setting residents quickly become adept at circumcisions, complex laceration repair, IUD placement, colposcopy, endometrial biopsy, joint injections, splinting, casting, fluorescein exam, EKG/ CXR interpretation, advanced dermatologic procedures and much more.
This training allows graduates of the program to routinely start solo practices, join medical groups, and become hospitalists without needing further fellowship training. They become academic faculty, go on to sports medicine, geriatric, palliative care and surgical obstetrics fellowships. Many do international work – a former graduate, Dr. Sinha, recently received the United Nations International Volunteer of the Year! While receiving this breadth of training, resident physicians truly obtain the skills to care for patients from “cradle to grave.”
Our ethnically and culturally diverse faculty strive to live up to their reputation of being the most supportive and approachable possible. Our patient population supplies tons of pediatrics, woman’s health, geriatrics, global health, psychiatric and sports medicine opportunities. These medical experiences, coupled with a strong didactic curriculum, translate into virtually every resident passing their board exams. This exceptional training also coincides with an absolute focus by the program director and faculty on maintaining a healthy work/life balance that encourages emotional as well as medical growth. Residents are embraced as a key component of this patient centered medical team that is dedicated to teamwork, professionalism, mutual support and wellness.
The primary goal of the Residency Program is quality education, with a priority of training family physicians caring for the underserved. A core group of faculty teaches the residents within various settings, providing much needed medical care for the community. Many patients access the health care our residents provide at locations including:
Methodist Hospital of Sacramento
7500 Hospital Drive
Sacramento, CA 95823
For applicant information, visit our Applicant Information page. For general information about our program, contact our Residency Supervisor Lauren McFarlane: