According to a recent report by the California Health Care Foundation, our state will need an extra 10,500 primary care providers by 2030 to effectively treat our population. Without that added workforce, health systems like John Muir Health will see more and more patients in emergency departments where care is costly and follow-up is difficult.
To help address this community need, John Muir Health will welcome its third group of eight residents in June. The Family Medicine Residency Program began in 2016 to train future primary care physicians right here in the East Bay. It is conducted in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco and provides a broad spectrum of hands-on training at our Outpatient Center in Walnut Creek, medical centers in Walnut Creek and Concord, and through our free Mobile Health Clinic that serves vulnerable populations throughout the East Bay.
Dr. Kishore Nath was one of the first members to join the core faculty in 2016. He currently serves as associate program director for the residency program. He has also served as medical director for John Muir Health’s free mobile health clinic since 2010.
“Through the Family Medicine Residency Program, we have the honor and responsibility for training the next generation of doctors,” said Dr. Nath. “We can harness their intellectual curiosity while nurturing compassion for all the patients we see.”
The first class of eight medical residents were selected from an applicant pool of nearly 900 students in 2017. They are currently in their second year of a three year training program that includes rotations in every aspect of family medicine from Obstetrics and Pediatrics to Geriatrics. The second cohort joined John Muir Health in 2018 and will complete their residency in 2021. Collectively, the group speaks 10 languages, three have master’s degrees, and two were born at John Muir Health.
“Patients often tell us that they know we will look out for them,” said Dr. Nath. “That’s how I know we are teaching tomorrow’s doctors how to truly care for people. Watching a first-day resident grow into a trusted medical professional is inspiring.”
Members of the John Muir Health Family Medicine Residency Program recently presented at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine conference in Toronto. The team presented on topics like mentorship, continuity in prenatal care and quality improvement. We are very proud to have them represent John Muir Health to this international group of medical education leaders.