GME - Highlights
Kaweah Delta Health Care District’s Graduate Medical Education Program
graduated its first class of physicians on Thursday, June 16, 2016, and
celebrated the fact that more than 40 percent of the original class of
residents has decided to stay and practice in the area.
“When we set out to become a teaching hospital, one important goal
was to improve this community’s access to health care by growing
the next generation of physicians,” said Lindsay Mann, former Chief
Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta Health Care District. “We’re
thrilled that five of the original 12 residents have committed to practicing
medicine in our community.”
A total of 24 physicians graduated during the district’s first commencement.
Graduates included the original class of 12 residents, who in 2013, started
in the district’s first two residency programs – emergency
medicine and family medicine. Also included is the first class of 12 physicians
in the transitional year program, a clinical-based program, which started
in July 2015. Transitional year physicians spend a year in residency with
a general focus and continue training elsewhere in specialties such as
radiology, ophthalmology and dermatology, etc.
Four of the five residents in the family medicine residency have decided
to stay in the community including: Fahad Hashmat, M.D.; Kamel Kamel,
M.D.; Ehab Swehli, M.D.; and Marwan Zoghbi, M.D. Also staying to practice
is Sean Oldroyd, D.O., an emergency medicine resident.
On June 20, Kaweah Delta’s five programs supported the training of
68 physicians, among them the next class of 35 residents began their two-week
Twenty-five percent of these new residents rotated at Kaweah Delta while
in medical school. They learned about the community, the residency program
and decided to apply for a position. This year, Kaweah Delta received
over 2,400 applications and interviewed 450 candidates for 35 training spots.
The residents say they enjoyed being part of the first class and want the
community to know they are ready to serve. “We have been taught
to provide quality care and we see the difference we are making to patients.
This community makes you feel very appreciated. It’s thirsty for
quality, customized, and non-rushed personal care,” Dr. Zoghbi said.
The choice of where to practice medicine after residency was clear, Dr.
Kamel said. “I am staying here, first, because I love Visalia, not
just me, but my family as well,” he said. “Second, I would
love to pay back the community that taught me, accepted me and has given
me the opportunity to learn and grow.”
Visalia’s central California location is among the reasons Dr. Oldroyd
said he is staying. “I appreciate that I can take my children camping,
like I enjoyed as a kid. I love that we have access to the mountains and
the beach is nearby.”
In 2012, news of the district’s first two residency programs brought
hundreds of applicants to the area vying for the 12 spots. Since that
time, Kaweah Delta has grown its programs from two – family medicine
and emergency medicine – to five programs. Kaweah Delta currently
offers residencies in family medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry,
surgery, and transitional year.
As printed in the Visalia Times-Delta on June 10, 2016
We are proud to announce that Kaweah Delta Medical Center has received
an A in hospital safety by Leapfrog for the Spring 2017 Hospital Safety
Score. This gold standard rating for patient safety indicates how well
hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, and injuries, as well
as considers patient satisfaction. An "A" from Leapfrog, the
nation`s leading patient safety experts, recognizes the consistent improvements
made in quality of care and patient safety.