Philosophy

The Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency trains physicians in the care of all people and their families, from birth to death. The program focuses on the increasingly complex biomedical skills needed by family physicians, with comprehensive attention to the many psychological, social, and systems issues that affect health, illness, and healing.

We recognize residency training as a tremendous opportunity for human growth and development, shared by both residents and faculty. The multidisciplinary faculty includes physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists and other ancillary staff. The program curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive. Residents graduate proficient in a full range of office procedures, office counseling, emergency care, common inpatient and outpatient medical problems, and surgical and obstetric skills. The faculty is accessible, supportive, and possesses a large variety of special interests, including: health policy, care of older patients, cross-cultural issues, women’s health, surgical obstetrics, community medicine, integrative medicine, global health, and preventive medicine. Faculty members and residents participate in Balint training, a group process devoted to exploring the impact and meaning of the doctor-patient relationship. The program is committed to the integration of biopsychosocial principles into daily practice.

We are proud of our dedication to the underserved, and are interested in residents who aim to develop skills in cultural mindfulness and underserved medicine as an integral component of their career development.