Our Program

What Makes Our Program Unique

We are an unopposed Family Medicine program at a community hospital in the heart of the South Bay Area.  On call we cover all areas of the hospital: medicine, pediatrics, ICU and Labor and Delivery.  Our Faculty have interests that cover the breadth of Family Medicine, including international health, obstetrics, mental health, geriatrics, pain management, practice management, HIV/AIDS and sports medicine.  We are affiliated with Stanford University and have the opportunity to teach Stanford medical students and visiting Sub-I’s who rotate in our clinic and inpatient services.

 

Where we Practice

O’Connor Hospital is our home base for most inpatient rotations including inpatient medicine, ob/pediatrics, nightfloat, ER, and surgery.  We do 3 rotations outside OCH: one to Kaiser which is a tertiary care center for pediatrics, and two at Valley Medical Center where we get high-volume and high-risk obstetrics experience.

Outpatient family medicine is primarily at our clinic the Family Health Center where we have our continuity clinic, group visits, as well as specialty clinics run by our faculty in Diabetes, Sports Medicine, Psychiatry, Procedures.  In addition, we rotate at the HIV/AIDS PACE clinic, see students at SJCC, do gynecologic procedures at Tri-City Clinic, care for nursing home patients at Lincoln Glen, and work with many local specialists during our ambulatory medicine and medical subspecialty rotations.  Working with our Sports Medicine Faculty, residents have the option to provide care at games, give public education classes, and do pre-participation physicals throughout the year.  For more details on our rotations see Block Schedule.

Who We Care For

In our clinic we see mostly Medi-Cal (Medicaid) and Medi-Care patients.  We have many OB and pediatric patients in our practice.  In the hospital we are the hospitalist group, admitting any patient who doesn’t have a doctor at OCH.  This means we care for people with no insurance, safety-net insurance, and “Cadillac plans” all in the same night.  The mission of O’Connor Hospital is “to serve the sick and the poor” and we see our residency as a contributing to this mission.

Our patients come from many different backgrounds.  Santa Clara County is one of the most linguistically diverse counties in the country.  While the majority of our clinic patients speak English, many appreciate working with providers who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, or Farsi.  Translator phones are available throughout the hospital and in the clinic.

Didactics

We have a formal curriculum of noon conferences that include rotating lecture series in ICU, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Science, Sports Medicine, and casting workshops, as well as general medicine topics.  Residents present case conferences, journal club, and Balint difficult patients.

Clinics are precepted by 1 or 2 Family Medicine faculty at a time who give direct feedback and see patients with us as needed.  Our faculty psychiatrist, Dr. Mullins, and our faculty social worker, Frances Respicio are also available for consultation in clinic.  In addition we have a series of Behavioral Science Workshops that spans all 3 years.