UHS SoCal MEC Launches Two New Medical Residency Programs
Two new residency programs at the UHS Southern California Medical Education Consortium (UHS SoCal MEC) launched on July 1; Family Medicine and Internal Medicine based out of Temecula Valley Hospital, Southwest Healthcare System and Corona Regional Medical Center.
The Family Medicine Residency Program is under the direction of Carrie Bacon, MD, Program Director. The first class of six Family Medicine Residents will rotate through Temecula Valley Hospital, Rancho Springs Medical Center and Inland Valley Medical Center. For their outpatient continuity clinic experience, the Family Medicine Residents will rotate through the Rancho Family Medical Group, located on Temecula Parkway.
The Internal Medicine Residency Program is under the direction of Joel Trambley, MD, Program Director. The first class of 20 Internal Medicine Residents will rotate through Temecula Valley Hospital, Inland Valley Medical Center and Corona Regional Medical Center. Additionally, the Internal Medicine Residents will rotate in one-week blocks at Riverside Medical Clinic in Corona.
The 26 physician residents graduated from 13 different medical schools and are coming to our region from all around the world.
“We are honored to be the host site for these newly accredited programs,” said Darlene Wetton, Chief Executive Officer of Temecula Valley Hospital. “Please join me in welcoming this new graduate medical education team to our hospital and the community. Having these new physicians in our neighborhood will advance healthcare in our region.”
The UHS SoCal MEC was approved to start a new medical residency program by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in February 2019. The three-year residency program began this month with 26 residents; 20 Internal Medicine and six Family Medicine. Each year, an additional 26 residents will be added to the program. Applications have been submitted for Emergency Medicine and Transitional Year, with the goal of applying for OB/GYN and Neurology within the next year. The principal goal of the graduate medical education program is to train residents to be compassionate and skilled physicians. The residents will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the exceptional medical faculty at Temecula Valley Hospital, Rancho Springs Medical Center, Inland Valley Medical Center and Corona Regional Medical Center, and to collaborate with medical faculty in the community. These skilled faculty members work as a team to help ensure residents receive the educational experiences necessary to prepare them for their futures. The success of the residency program is paramount to begin to address the serious shortage of physicians in this region. According to the Advisory Board, there are approximately 45 physicians per 100,000 people in Southwest Riverside County, which is one of the lowest per capita rates in Southern California.