This is the PGY1 class of the brand new “Teaching Health Center”, the Sierra Vista Family Medicine Residency Program, in Fresno, CA. They have just finished their 2nd week of residency training (They are still smiling!).
This is how we are going to build the pipeline to support community-based graduate medical education at community health centers across the country, and is an example of what we must continue to do to address the need for an adequate corps of primary care clinicians, for underserved populations.
We must find a way to sustain this educational model if we are to have any hope of correcting the huge shortage and imbalance within essential community providers, and to assure that health centers remain viable during this period of great change and unparalleled growth.
–Submitted by Stephen W. Schilling, CEO, Clinica Sierra Vista, Bakersfield, CA