Family Medicine Residency Program

Philosophy and Objectives

At Adventist Health White Memorial, residents and faculty are partners in a mutually respectful learning experience that is committed to excellence. It is the intent of the residency to understand and to respect the physical, intellectual and emotional resources of each resident as an individual, and to assist the resident in successfully completing the educational opportunities encountered.

All of our patients are seen as being equally precious, providing us with opportunities both to serve and to learn. Their dignity, safety and comfort will be uppermost in our minds at all times.

Our efforts to help and to heal are not confined to the medical campus, but extend throughout the community. Providing for persons in need of care, understanding overall community health problems and applying community wide approaches to the prevention and treatment of these problems are major program goals.

The practice of medicine exists as an integral part of the scientific socioeconomic system that makes up our society. Since we must function within that system and do so in an economically responsible manner, the residency will provide suitable instruction in evidence-based medicine, cost effectiveness, case management, team oriented care, and practice management.

The graduates of this residency should be mature and confident, be prepared to provide culturally-responsive care, and to address the environmental problems of their communities. They should be able to design and organize community efforts to ameliorate identified challenges and should act as a role model for young people considering careers in the health sciences. The residency graduate will function effectively in ambulatory, transitional and inpatient settings, acting as the patient's primary care clinician and advocate. The resident will understand the economics of health care and the implication of changing demographics. The residency graduate will model a healthful lifestyle, respectful of his/her own spiritual, emotional and physical needs and of the needs of his/her family.

Accreditation and Affiliation

Adventist Health White Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association. It is affiliated with the Loma Linda University, School of Medicine and the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine.​


In accordance with ACGME guidelines, residents in training will gain competency in six areas, as follows:

  • Communication Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based Practice

Further, the program will emphasize development in the areas below.


Residents will learn to deliver excellent and comprehensive health care in ambulatory and medical center settings, being able to competently care for 85 to 90% of all health care problems which their patients may encounter, including social, emotional and behavioral issues; and to develop the expertise to coordinate the team of specialties and consultants caring for the critically ill and those in need of interdisciplinary care.


The resident will develop the leadership skills necessary to assist in integrating local health resources and organizing them into a coherent system of health care delivery. He/she will also provide patient advocacy as leader of the health care team. Leadership at community, medical staff department, hospital attending staff, and medical society levels will be modeled during residency training.


The resident will learn the skills of quality improvement, utilization management and risk management in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The system taught will assure that high quality care is provided in a cost effective manner and that the graduating resident is capable of participating successfully in prospectively reimbursed and other integrated health care delivery systems..


The resident will learn to anticipate changes in skills needed to keep up with demographic shifts and technological advances. This requires a personal system for keeping abreast of current developments, the ability to utilize techniques of community oriented primary care, the development of understanding and skills in using medical data processing and information systems, applying these systems to patient care and business functions, and the ability to provide exemplary culturally-responsive primary care to emerging groups with special needs such as women and children, the elderly, those with mental health needs, and those with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome and chemical dependencies.