Elective Rotations

Residents at Santa Rosa have a total of 18 weeks of elective time during their residency -- 8 weeks with the option of going "away" and  10 weeks here at home.  Here are some examples of the kind of experiences that our residents have chosen during their elective time.

Electives Information

  • General Information
    During the second and third years, each resident has a total of twenty weeks of elective time available in which to develop special interests and proficiencies. Residents may choose to spend eight weeks of elective time at other facilities at some distance from the program. Examples of electives from recent years include: Focused OB experience in Ghana and Nicaragua Rural healthcare across the globe, from Alaska to Zimbabwe Community-oriented primary care in Guatemala, Mexico, and Nepal Integrative medicine Promoting wellness in underserved populations Additional abortion training Intensive vasectomy training Indian Health Service sites in California and elsewhere Outpatient cancer prevention, screening skills Module development for colposcopy training at the residency Geriatric medicine in Australia Family therapy and hypnosis training Maternity care with nurse-midwives at a birthing center Preventive medicine and patient education Osteopathy Hyperbaric medicine Cardiology and oncology including folk beliefs and remedies in Vietnam Hospital and clinical experience in Japan and India Spanish immersion courses in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Spain Acupuncture training in China Additional sub-specialty experiences at local, university based, national, or international sites: cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, HIV, rheumatology, endocrinology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine/trauma, gynecology, sports medicine, dermatology, etc.
  • Physician Acupuncture Training Course
  • Sutter lakeside
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Transgender Health
  • Asylum Training
  • Plant based diet and preconception wellness research

Brief Experiences

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  • Hospice of Petaluma
  • Women's Health Specialists
  • Geriatrics
  • Spanish immersion in Nicaragua
  • Cancer and Primary Care
  • Outpatient procedures
  • Rural medicine in Ukiah
  • Santa Rosa Women's Health and Birth Center
  • Transgender Health
  • Palliative Care
  • Juvinile Hall
  • Cloverdale CHC
  • Procedures in ER/ICU
  • Kaiser Rohnert Park
  • Alliance Medical Center
  • West County Health Center (Contra Costa)
  • Sebastopol Community Health Center
  • La Clinica
  • Hayward Wellness Center
  • HIV elective
  • Advanced Wilderness Life Support
  • Asylum Training
  • Pacific Island Health Disparities
  • Inpatient, Writing and Spanish
  • Exploring local clinics
  • Completing residency
  • ED at Sonoma Valley ED
  • Radiology with Dr. Schibel
  • Hospice
  • Hep C learning/group visits
  • Abortion training
  • Job exploration
  • Time Management -Dr. Ben Brown
  • Coding Experience
  • Patient Handouts
  • Outpatient Epic
  • Diabetes and Obesity MCE conference
  • Sustainability and Communities Conference

OB

  • OB Skills Elective
  • Santa Rosa Women's Health and Birth Center
  • CPMC Ultrasound
  • Obstetrics
  • AAFP Maternity Care conference
  • ALSO Course
  • Full-Scope Family Med in Rural NC
  • Santa Rosa Women's Health and Birth Center
  • NRP

Family Medicine

  • Teaching/Learning
  • Ecuador FM
  • HIV Medicine, telemedicine
  • Ambulatory Chief & Women's Health Procedures & Career Development & FPC Clinic
  • Elective Selective: women's health procedures
  • Asylum Evaluation and Human Rights
  • Career Development
  • Health at Every Size
  • Elsie Allen clinic
  • Inpatient palliative care
  • PAMF Shadowing
  • Sutter lakeside
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Transgender Health
  • Cloverdale CHC
  • Shadowing
  • Alliance Medical Center
  • West County Health Center (Contra Costa)
  • Sebastopol Community Health Center
  • La Clinica
  • Hayward Wellness Center
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Elsie Allen
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inpatient Medicine at Kaiser
  • Procedures
  • Procedures
  • Rural family medicine practice
  • Mobile Van Elective
  • Palliative Care/Memorial Hospice/Hospice of Petaluma
  • One Medical
  • ASCCP Course
  • Full-Scope Family Med in Rural NC
  • Humboldt County Private Practice
  • Humboldt County Community Health Centers
  • Online Obesity Education

Internal Medicine

  • ICU Care
  • ICU Care
  • Inpatient Medicine at Kaiser
  • Inpatient Medicine at Kaiser Santa Rosa
  • Radiology with Dr. Schibel
  • Rural Louisina IM (Outpt/Inpt/ICU)

ER

  • Burning Man Emergency Medical Volunteer
  • UCSF Critical Ultrasound Course
  • Emergency Medicine and Ultrasound in Community Hospitals
  • Sugar Bowl Urgent Care
  • Sutter lakeside
  • Procedures in ER/ICU
  • Lakeside ER and Contracosta Ultrasound Course
  • ED at Sonoma Valley ED
  • Radiology with Dr. Schibel
  • Custom EM, wilderness medicine
  • Lakeside ED
  • emergency medicine preparation

MSK/Sports Med

  • Sports Medicine in Redding
  • Counterstrain Clinic
  • Counterstrain Course (Jones Institute)
  • AAFP Musculoskeletal Conference
  • OMT/prolotherapy in Sebastopol
  • Advanced wilderness life support training
  • Sugar Bowl Urgent Care
  • Sports Medicine in KY
  • Chiropractic care in Minnesota
  • NKT
  • UCSF Primary Care Sports Medicine: Upper Extremity
  • Original Strength Seminar

Surgery

  • Surgery

Language Immersion

  • Marie Stopes Mexico City
  • Public Health and Spanish Language in Nicaragua
  • !A Tu Salud! - Spanish language course
  • Celas Maya Language School & Centro de Salud
  • Abortion training in Mexico DF
  • Independent Spanish study
  • Instituto de Lenguajes
  • Independent Spanish Study
  • Spanish Immersion
  • Spanish self-study
  • Spanish immersion in Costa Rica
  • Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica
  • Spanish immersion
  • Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica
  • Spanish classes in Cusco, Peru

Leadership

  • Asylum Evaluation and Human Rights
  • International Self-care/Holistic Medicine/Leadership Week
  • Research
  • Trauma-informed healthcare, accountable communities for health
  • The Future of Primary Care: Alternate Primary Care Delivery Models
  • Advocacy
  • Mentorship and Advocacy
  • Climate health and psychiatry elective selective

Gyn

  • Colposcopy - 1 day
  • Women's Health Procedures - Planned Parenthood Santa Cruz
  • Prevention International, No Cervical Cancer (PINCC)
  • Marie Stopes Mexico City
  • Ambulatory Chief & Women's Health Procedures & Career Development & FPC Clinic
  • Elective Selective: women's health procedures
  • ASCCP Comprehensive Colposcopy Training
  • Abortion training in Mexico DF
  • Family Planning and Adolescent Medicine

Procedures

  • Ultrasound
  • Ambulatory Chief & Women's Health Procedures & Career Development & FPC Clinic
  • Elective Selective: women's health procedures
  • UCSF Critical Ultrasound Course
  • Abortion training in Mexico DF
  • Procedures with Dervin

Geriatrics

  • Palliative Care/Memorial Hospice/Hospice of Petaluma

Behavioral Medicine

  • Companion Animals and Loneliness
  • Integrative Psychiatry
  • Buprenorphine training

Pediatrics

  • Peds ER CPMC
  • Memorial Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Pediatric Urgent Care and Kaiser
  • Early Start Childhood Education
  • Mark Sloan-Outpatient Pediatrics
  • Trauma-informed healthcare, accountable communities for health

Subspecialty

  • Cardiology with Dr. Goyal
  • Reasearch in Pain Medicine
  • HIV Elective (online and international)
  • Nephrology (Brief) Elective
  • Palliative Care/Memorial Hospice/Hospice of Petaluma
  • Sub-specialty medicine
  • Urology
  • Humboldt County Private Practice
  • Cardiology with Dr. Patel
  • Medical Ethics with Dr. Shashidhara

Integrative Medicine

  • TCM in China
  • Herbal Medicine-Shadowing at SCIHP
  • Herbal Studies Class
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Food and Nutrition as Medicine
  • Acupuncture, OMT, IM4US conference
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine Annual Conference
  • Dr Robert Rowen
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Robert Rowen shadowing
  • Humboldt County Private Practice
  • Functional Medicine / Time Restricted Eating / 7 Habits

Global Medicine

  • Nicaragua: San Juan Del Sur
  • TCM in China
  • Hospitalito Atitlán
  • Marie Stopes Mexico City
  • Medical Mission Trip (Mexico)
  • Teaching at the Myanmar College of Family Medicine
  • Asylum Evaluation and Human Rights
  • Celas Maya Language School & Centro de Salud
  • Abortion training in Mexico DF
  • Companeros En Salud
  • Coursera Public Health Courses
  • Project Medishare
  • Safe Motherhood/URICT-Uganda
  • Asylum Training

Women's Health

  • Ambulatory Chief & Women's Health Procedures & Career Development & FPC Clinic
  • Elective Selective: women's health procedures
  • Abortion training in Mexico DF
  • Hope Clinic for Women
  • Coursera Public Health Courses
  • Physicians for Reproductive Health
  • Family planning in Washington DC

Wellness

  • Center For Wellbeing
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Prenatal and postpartum nutrition

Rural Medicine

  • Rural Med in Washington State
  • Zuni Indian Health Service
  • Sutter lakeside
  • Ukiah Inpatient Medicine
  • Cloverdale CHC
  • Southwest WI Rural Medicine
  • ED at Sonoma Valley ED
  • Radiology with Dr. Schibel
  • Full-Scope Family Med in Rural NC
  • Rural Louisina IM (Outpt/Inpt/ICU)
  • Humboldt County Private Practice
  • Rural rotation along the coast 1.5 hours from Sutter
  • Rural FM on Arizona Border
  • Humboldt County Community Health Centers

Other

  • Food, Nutrition, and Medicine
  • Prison Medicine at San Quentin
  • Public Health in the Makah Nation
  • Maternity and Motherhood Elective
  • Carreer Exploration
  • Buprenorphine training
  • Board Review
  • Nutrition Elective
  • Dental Center Rotation
  • Inpatient palliative care
  • Transgender Health
  • Independent Spanish study
  • ICU
  • Workshop at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
  • Grand Canyon Clinic
  • Wilderness Medicine training
  • Radiology with Dr. Schibel
  • Research
  • Career exploration