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Four More Resident Physicians Train in Hanford


HANFORD – The Hanford Family Practice Residency is growing, helping to train more doctors while expanding the local community’s access to health care. Four new resident physicians began training in Hanford in January, joining eight others.

The new residents – Dr. Hui Gao, Dr. Rehan Kanji, Dr. Kirk Livermont and Dr. Dorota Rhoads – will spend the next two and a half years in Hanford training before practicing medicine independently.

The program is affiliated with the prestigious Loma Linda University, where the residents spent their first six months of training. Unlike many other residencies, Hanford’s curriculum is organized to mimic the schedule of a rural family medicine physician. The program helps to address the Valley’s chronic shortage of physicians and receives hundreds of applications each interview season. This year, the program received 567 applications. Of those, 60 were selected to interview, but only four were chosen to take part in the program.

The residents will see patients at the residency’s family practice clinic behind Central Valley General Hospital. They will also take call at the Hanford hospitals and serve as first assists on surgeries while learning from a faculty made up of about 40 local general practitioners and specialists.

Each resident brings a unique background to the program:

Dr. Hui Gao

Dr. Gao is a graduate of Harbin Medical University. She grew up Northeast of China and decided to become a doctor to help people in need. Dr. Gao chose Hanford because it’s a nice and quiet town, and she wanted to serve in a rural community. Dr. Gao is fluent in Mandarin.

On her free time, she enjoys being with her family and participating in outdoor activities.

Dr. Rehan Kanji

Dr. Kanji earned his medical degree from American University of Antigua. He grew up in Santa Monica, but wanted a slower pace of life. “I love the Central Valley and the people in the area,” he said. “The pace of life is wonderful, and the people in the community are really friendly.” Dr. Kanji enjoys reading, computers and photography.

Dr. Kirk Livermont

Dr. Livermont is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine. He grew up in San Gabriel Valley, just outside of Los Angeles. As a child, Dr. Livermont says he watched television programs like Marcus Welby, MD, Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare, which instilled in him the desire to become a doctor. He chose Hanford because he wants to practice full-scope family medicine in a rural community. Dr. Livermont enjoys hiking, camping and fishing, scuba diving, coin and stamp collecting.

Dr. Dorota Rhoads

Dr. Rhoads practiced medicine at Wroclaw Medical University, in Poland, where she grew up. She says she wanted to become a doctor because of her “compassion to help others.” Dr. Rhoads calls California the greatest state in the union, which is why she wanted to practice medicine here. She’s looking forward to working in Hanford because of the excellent training, true hands-on experience and wonderful camaraderie among residents. Dr. Rhoads speaks both Polish and Russian.

The Hanford program is the first in the Valley to be affiliated with the prestigious Loma Linda University Medical Center and the first residency program in Kings County. Loma Linda University is a Seventh-day Adventist educational health-sciences institution with more than 4,000 students in Southern California. In 2008, it was ranked one of America’s best hospitals by U.S. News Media Group.

For more information about the Hanford Family Practice Residency program, 1122 N. Harris St. Suite 105, please call 559-537-0224.