December 10, 2013
VISALIA – Kaweah Delta Health
Care District has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate
Medical Education for its fourth Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program.
In November, Kaweah Delta
received accreditation for its Transitional Year
Program. This one-year residency will orient physicians to the practice of
medicine generally as they pursue a subspecialty residency in fields such as physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, or
radiation oncology. This
program will welcome its first class in July 2015 under the leadership of Lori
The accreditation will allow
the program, which is affiliated with UC Irvine, to begin recruiting physicians
who have recently completed medical school and have received doctoral degrees
in medicine. To select its resident physicians, Kaweah Delta will participate
in The National Resident Matching Program. The matching program will provide
Kaweah Delta with up to 600-700 applications from interested medical students and
recent medical school graduates.
In October, Kaweah Delta began interviews for
its first class of resident physicians for its Psychiatry Residency program,
which will begin in 2014. Interviews are also underway for the second class of
resident physicians for Kaweah Delta’s emergency and family medicine programs. Matches
will be announced in March.
this year, Kaweah Delta established GME residency training programs in the
areas of Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. In 2014, Kaweah Delta will
begin its Psychiatry Residency Program,
followed by the General Surgery Program. The five residency programs
will bring physicians who have recently graduated medical school to Tulare
County to complete training in their respective specialties. It is estimated
that between 40-50% of the physicians that train in Tulare County through the
GME programs will remain and practice in the Visalia area.