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UVMC Awarded Grant for Family Residency Program

Community Partnerships Ukiah, CA — Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC), soon to be known as Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from The Hearst Foundations to support the Family Practice Medical Residency Program (FPMRP) Teaching Clinic. The Hearst Foundation’s support will go toward family medicine faculty development, including training for resident faculty created in collaboration with UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine. 

The program will further UVMC’s commitment to rural primary care, in tandem with its emphasis on graduate medical education. “Creating a FPMRP will benefit the community and region in a multitude of ways, including opening a pipeline for producing future generations of primary care physicians for rural practices,” according to physician Charlie Evans who was trained nearby at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program. 

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by 2025 there will be a shortfall of as many as 30,000 primary care physicians in the United States. FPMRP Director Noemi Doohan, MD notes, “Mendocino County, like many other rural and low-income areas, is already profoundly experiencing this primary care shortage.”