Residency Program


The Family Medicine Residency Program at California Hospital Medical Center is dedicated to your success and to educating future family medicine physicians.

Located in the heart of Downtown LA, the Family Medicine Residency Program trains family physicians to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to a diverse, urban, medically underserved population and to guide trainees to excel in both academic and clinical medical careers. The program is committed to advance healthcare through education, research, medical service and community.

Our training program is intimately involved in providing healthcare services to a cross-section of the population. The city of Los Angeles is a rich mix of racial and ethnic groups, including African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Central Americans, Filipinos, Japanese, Koreans, Chinese and Southeast Asians. We feel a deep commitment to train our Family Medicine Residents for the practice of medicine in this city. We therefore stress the importance of cross-cultural training and sensitivity to cultural issues.

Program Goals

The Family Medicine Residency Program at California Hospital Medical Center is a unit within the Department of Family Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine. The program aims to provide a strong core educational experience while encouraging residents to pursue their own personal education and practice goals. The USC/CHMC Family Medicine Residency is one of two residencies administered by the Department of Family Medicine. As the older of the Department's two residencies, USC/CHMC was established in 1984 and is one of a few Family Medicine Residency programs in the United States located at an inner-city community hospital. Our Family Medicine residents are taught specific skills to assist them in practicing in a multi-cultural surrounding. Flexibility is built into the program, and that, along with the core competencies, is the goal of the residency curriculum.

A resident's individual plans and interests, in conjunction with faculty advice, will determine the content and format of elective experiences during the second and third years of the program. Remarkable resources exist in the community and through the School of Medicine's affiliated programs to offer residents almost any pertinent elective experience. Family Medicine Residents have the opportunity to participate in developing the Residency Program. The faculty is committed to the concept of resident-management in formulating the future directions of the Residency Program.

Residents and Family Medicine faculty also share a busy maternity service as part of our Family Medicine Inpatient Service; providing maternity care from antepartum problem management, labor and delivery, to postpartum care of the mother and newborn.

First year residents enjoy the convenience of having all rotations at California Hospital Medical Center. In the second and third years, away rotations and electives allow residents to experience a variety of settings - suburban to urban, small group to corporate, and a variety of patient communities. Core rotations include inpatient rotations in which the resident takes on senior supervising responsibilities as well as specialty-focused outpatient rotations in various clinic settings and private physician offices.

The Family Medicine Residency Program enjoys a strong affiliation with our community-based partners. On various rotations, residents spend time seeing patients at the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center near the hospital, and South Central Family Health Center, located approximately three miles south of the hospital campus. Our community partners serve a largely indigent patient population, primarily Central American immigrants and help their own residents in models of health care for our inner-city communities.

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