John Muir Health Welcomes First Class of Family Medicine Resident Physicians

With Strong Regional Roots, Class to Provide Access to Care for Community and Help to Address Primary Care Physician Shortage

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., June 20, 2017 — John Muir Health is pleased to welcome its inaugural class of eight graduating medical students, all with ties to the San Francisco Bay Area, into its Family Medicine Residency Program. The eight new family medicine residents were selected from an initial applicant pool of nearly 900 students and represent the first cohort in a three-year clinical training program. Cohorts of eight will follow in subsequent years with the program training 24 students in 2019 and beyond.

The John Muir Health Family Medicine Residency Program is affiliated with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to offer residents a unique blend of clinical and scholarly experience within a community health system. Through rotating shifts, the curriculum provides comprehensive training and experiences in both community and hospital settings with a focus on leadership and teamwork.

“We are delighted to have a team of family medicine residents with an abundance of talent, compassion and enthusiasm for serving our community,” said Jeremy Fish, MD, program director of John Muir Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program. “This program is intended to enhance primary care services in the region, alleviate challenges that many patients encounter when seeking access to care and help address the shortage of primary care physicians locally and throughout California.”

By 2030, California is expected to need 8,000 additional primary care physicians, which makes training the physicians of tomorrow an imperative. Residents will work with clinical faculty and staff to help care for some of our community’s most underserved patients at our Family Medicine Residency Clinic, located at John Muir Health’s Outpatient Center in Walnut Creek, and through our free Mobile Health Clinic that serves East Contra Costa County. Instrumental to that planned patient outreach is the ability to reach across cultural barriers. Collectively, the new class of students speak a number of languages, including Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese.

The new class also has strong local ties. Seven come from California medical schools, two were born at John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, and all eight have well-established personal connections to the region.

“I know our residents are excited about joining our program and practice teams — especially working and training within our integrated primary care practice model that emphasizes teamwork,” said Dr. Fish. “Once they complete their residency, we hope they will choose to practice locally and offer primary care services here in our community.”

For more information about the John Muir Health Family Medicine Residency Program, visit    

About John Muir Health

John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care organization east of San Francisco serving patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of more than 1,000 primary care and specialty physicians, more than 6,500 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including Contra Costa County’s only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. John Muir Health also has partnerships with UCSF Health, Tenet Healthcare/San Ramon Regional Medical Center and Stanford Children's Health. The health system offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties – neurosciences, orthopedic, cancer, cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, pediatrics and high-risk obstetrics care. 

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