Special to Valley News
For the past few years Hemet Valley Medical Center has not only been a hospital focused on giving its patients the utmost care, it has also been an education center for graduate medical students. In April 2013, Hemet Valley Medical Center launched the postgraduate medical education program with the first group of 20 medical residents in July 2015. The program grew to 27 residents in its second year and just received its accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The mission of the program, according to Medical Director Dr. Frederick White is “to provide physician residents with a training program and a comprehensive structured cognitive and procedural clinical education in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.”
The program hopes to achieve its goal of training and guiding medical residents toward a successful professional life that will enable them to become “competent, proficient and professional physicians, supporting the medical needs of our community for years to come.”
The hospital, through its postgraduate residency program, hopes that graduates trained at HVMC will continue to practice medicine in the area and therefore give back to the community.
“The Inland Empire is underserved in physicians, and so if even a half of these residents stay within the area, it will be a very positive influence over many, many years in the future,” White said.
The postgraduate medical education residency program aims to combine teaching, education and integral clinical services along with high quality patient care in order to give students a well-rounded education. The program offers training in traditional rotating residencies, diagnostic radiology and internal medicine.
HVMC’s postgraduate medical education residency program pairs up residents with local hospitals “to provide an intensive, as well as practical, training opportunity.” Residents serve rotations at Hemet Valley Medical Center, Menifee Valley Medical Center as well as at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center or Loma Linda University Medical Center for services that are not provided at the other campuses. However, residents are primarily based and trained at HVMC. Radiology residents are also trained at Hemet Valley Imaging.
Since its inception, the program has grown to 36 admitted graduates. White predicts that the residency program will only continue to grow due to the deficit of postgraduate training in the U.S.
According to White, there are only 185 medical schools that “provide additional postgraduate training” leaving lots of applicants competing for placements. White said that every year there are hundreds of graduates that don’t get a postgraduate training placement and because of this HMVC’s program decided to increase the number of admissions,
“There were about 1,200 people that did not match a location so we’ve added to the pool to assist that,” he said.
HMVC’s residency program has received hundreds of applications from around the country since the program was launched and has admitted graduates from New York, Washington, Texas and the western region of the United States. White said that he has high hopes for the postgraduate residency program and the community.
“It’s a pretty exciting time for us and our hospital, and so I think there are some real positives out of this,” White said.
HVMC’s postgraduate medical education residency program plans to develop into a mature program that will add more residencies such as emergency medicine and family medicine in the near future.
Founded in 1943 and fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Hemet Valley Medical Center serves as the largest private employer in the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley with a 317-bed hospital just southeast of Los Angeles. Hemet Valley Medical Center is affiliated with Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and together participate in the growth, development and education of physicians who rotate in their programs. Since the launch of the residency program, the hospital has received and accepted applicants nationwide and hopes to continue making an impact in both the lives of future doctors and local patients.