Clerkship Welcome

Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, CA is a busy, 400+ bed, Level III Trauma Center, community hospital academically affiliated with the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.  In addition, we have over 300 physicians on staff and provide over 27, 000 in-patient admissions.   We are a public, district hospital in a federally designated underserved area that provides care to a mix of urban, rural and undocumented farm workers with both acute chronic medical needs.  We provide patient-centered evidence based care.   

We welcomed our first class of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine residents July 1st, 2013, our first class of Psychiatry residents in 2014, and will be beginning a Transitional Year & General Surgical residency July 1st, 2015 all in partnership with the University of California, Irvine.  A very enthusiastic faculty, dedicated hospital staff and a welcoming community have made these successful residencies.  We provide an outstanding educational experience to medical students performing clerkships in both core and elective rotations such as anesthesiology, cardiology, intensive care, vascular surgery, etc.   

Medical students who elect to perform their clerkships here will benefit from the diverse patient population from our large catchment area. Our faculty is motivated to teach and, because we are just starting our residency programs, there will be more one on one time with attending physicians here as compared to traditional academic centers.  This translates to more practical, useable knowledge acquired at the bedside to prepare you for your residency.  Our medical center has been recently renovated and prides itself on an outstanding electronic medical record, an advanced Simulation lab, and the opportunity for hands-on, attending led ultrasound training.   

Visalia is located in the heart of California’s central valley, approximately midway between Fresno and Bakersfield.  We are a safe, family friendly community with a low cost of living.  In addition to the many local parks and activities, we are also within easy driving distance for trips to Yosemite National Park, the Central California Coast, Mineral King National Park and the Sequoia National Forest.  

Please review the available clerkships.  We look forward to giving you a great learning experience!   


 John E. Hipskind, MD, FACEM
Medical Student Clerkship Director
Kaweah Delta Medical Board Member