Our EM core and clinical faculty are experienced clinicians, educators,
researchers, medical writers, and leaders committed to your medical education
and success in EM. Our off-service Attendings are excellent as well and
just as committed to resident education.
2. Abundant diverse pathology
Kaweah Delta is the only hospital in Visalia. Additionally, we service
a huge catchment area. This means that most of the ill and injured in
the area come to us for medical attention. You'll have primary responsibility
for these patients - sick children, transplant recipients, neurosurgical
cases, critical trauma victims, plus all the usual patients one would
expect to see in an extremely busy community hospital. This translates
into great training for an “ER Doc.”
3. Young innovative EM residency program
Your initiative, your ideas, your imagination are welcome here. They’ll
help shape our future. Since we are still a fairly new program, you’ll
have the chance to be part of building something new in medical education.
We’re already brainstorming about: adding new faculty as residents
graduate from our program, starting a research fellowship and an ultrasound
fellowship, opening an observation medicine unit in our ED, and more.
You can get in on the ground floor of all these changes.
4. New helipad with neurosurgical services We recently signed a group of neurosurgeons to provide 24/7 neurosurgical
services. As we expand to welcome our new surgery residency program, we
will apply for Level 2 ACS Trauma designation.
5. Research and medical writing opportunitiesOur research director, Vicken Totten, MD is rapidly building a strong research
infrastructure at Kaweah Delta. You’ll have the opportunity to conduct
clinical research, write and publish interesting cases, and learn research
methodology -- all in a supportive, nurturing academic environment.
All of Kaweah Delta’s emergency physicians are CEP partners. This
means you’ll benefit from Attending-level expertise and supervision
on every case. Additionally, you'll work within and learn a system
of delivering emergency care that generates successful scores for Kaweah
Delta's emergency department when compared to others across the nation.
The partnership’s vision statement is: “CEP America strives
to be the recognized leader in Emergency Medicine and to exceed the expectations
of our patients, partners, and customers in ambulatory and emergency care.”
That vision extends to our training programs and beyond.
7. The great California lifestyle
We’re located in the heart of California,
the Central Valley. We have great seasons with great weather, excellent restaurants, shopping,
movies, schools, parks, sports and gyms. Plus we’re in the middle
LA, San Francisco, and more
www.ci.visalia.ca.us is a friendly, safe community of 125,000 people with a very reasonable
cost of living. There’s plenty to do locally during off hours and
phenomenal day trips and weekend excursions are within a short drive.
9. In it's commitment to GME, Kaweah Delta Health Care District has
made an enormous investment in personnel, time and capital to bring graduate
medical education to Visalia. Among many other commitments, KDHCD has:
- Helped build an ED faculty
- Created a research program
- Purchased ultrasound machines for the ED
- Built a medical simulation laboratory/training center
- Built program offices, new classrooms, call rooms, and a resident lounge
- Built a new medical library
It has been said that, “The future belongs to those who believe in
the beauty of their dreams.” We’re working in graduate medical
education at Kaweah Delta because we all believe in our dreams. If you
have dreams you believe in—for yourself, for emergency medicine,
and for your future—bring them to Kaweah Delta. Together, we can
craft your dreams into realities. And … the bonus benefits of an
EM residency at Kaweah Delta (it’s hard for us to stop at just 10):
11.Community EM education program
With a limited number of other residents, no fellows, and few medical students,
it’ll be you, Attendings and the patients (and—as we grow—senior
residents). You’ll always be first to the bedside – to care
for the patient, make critical decisions, do procedures, and learn unopposed.
You’ll also experience firsthand how EM works in the “real
world.” The majority of emergency medicine actually occurs in the
community, far away from tertiary care centers where 24/7 specialists
swarm every interesting case. Bottom line: you’ll have all the back-up
and consultation you’ll need, and the freedom and access to learn.
And you will be scheduled to work 19 shifts during your EM rotation.
Centralized educational experience
We rotate residents to only one other hospital,
Children’s Hospital Central California for PICU and Peds EM. You’ll stay near your home, your family and
your friends in Visalia for the majority of the time, learning without
the hassles of commuting while on a busy schedule.
Outstanding resident support
As a newly accredited program, we are unable to consider your application
if you have previously started or completed any ACGME or AOA graduate
medical training program. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this
requirement until 2019.