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Developing Leaders in Family Medicine

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YRMC operates a residency program designed to give recent medical school graduates the mentoring, practical experience and advanced education they need to deliver excellent quality care as future family medicine practitioners.

“We have 18 residents at our institution,” said Kristina Diaz, MD, Program Director, Family and Community Residency Program. “We also have eight full-time core faculty members and over 100 community physicians teaching our residents in a wide variety of specialties.” Dr. Jose Vega, Sunset Clinic

The specialties our residents study during the three-year program include cardiology, general surgery, gastroenterology, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, wound care, neurology, ophthalmology and nephrology. Plus they receive emergency medical training and learn to read radiology studies.

“Our residents learn so much as they conduct clinical rotations throughout the community. They also see their own patients,” said Dr. Diaz. Residents complete scholarly projects and special assignments that help meet YRMC’s quality aims. “Our residents have produced a significant number of nationally-recognized quality and research projects,” Dr. Diaz said.

YRMC residents give back to the community by volunteering over 1,000 hours each year, whether it’s by giving talks to the community, cleaning up a local park or handing out candy at a Halloween event. They’ve even carried the Special Olympics torch.

“I am truly proud of all our residents,” Dr. Diaz said. “Their energy and willingness to help in an array of activities is one of the awesome benefits of having them here. They’re already working 80 hours a week with only four days off a month for three years. And they choose to spend their extra free time giving back to Yuma by volunteering, or just doing things the community needs.”

The quality of education our residents receive is evidenced by their success at passing their board exams. “We’ve had a 100 percent pass rate on our boards,” Dr. Diaz said. YRMC is honored to train these dedicated medical professionals and proud to note that, although they come from throughout the country, 57 percent of them choose to make Yuma their home at the end of the program.

Family Residents

Read our full 2018 Annual Report for additional stories into all we achieve when the right people come together with an unwavering commitment to patients and our community. 

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