Clerkship Welcome

Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, CA is a busy, 400+ bed, Level III (soon to be Level II) Trauma Center, community hospital academically affiliated with the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. We have over 450 physicians on staff. We are a public hospital in a federally designated underserved area that provides patient –centered care to a widely divergent mix of patients.

We have strong residency programs in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Psychiatry, Family Medicine and a one year Transitional Year Program. Our residency in Anesthesiology will start in 2017. Their success is due to a dedicated faculty that improves their programs continuously, frequently based on resident input. We also provide an outstanding educational experience to medical students performing clerkships in both core and elective rotations in a wide variety of medical and surgical specialties.

Medical students who elect to perform their clerkships here will benefit from the diverse patient population. Our faculty is motivated to teach and there is more one on one time with attending physicians then 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 has a new medical library, a new advanced Simulation lab, and cutting edge technology with a user friendly EMR.

Visalia is located in the heart of California’s central valley, approximately midway between Fresno and Bakersfield. We are a safe community with a low cost of living. In addition to the many outdoor 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.

We look forward to providing you a great learning experience!


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