Why Us?

We realize that the choice of where you do your residency is an intensely personal one. As you ponder that decision, here are our Top 10 reasons to do your EM residency at Kaweah Delta.

  1. Expert faculty
    Our EM core and clinical faculty are experienced clinicians, educators, researchers, medical writers, and leaders committed to your medical education and success in EM. Our off-service Attendings are excellent as well and just as committed to resident education.
  2. Abundant diverse pathology
    Kaweah Delta is the only hospital in Visalia. Additionally, we service a huge catchment area. This means that most of the ill and injured in the area come to us for medical attention. You'll have primary responsibility for these patients - sick children, transplant recipients, HIV/AIDS patients, critical trauma victims, plus all the usual patients one would expect to see in an extremely busy community hospital. Great training for an “ER Doc.”
  3. Young innovative EM residency program
    Your initiative, your ideas, your imagination are welcome here. They’ll help shape our future. There will never be another first EM residency class at Kaweah Delta, or a second, or a third. You’ll have the chance to be a part of building something new in medical education We’re already brainstorming about: adding new faculty as residents graduate from our program, starting a research fellowship and an ultrasound fellowship, opening an observation medicine unit in our ED, and more. You can get in on the ground floor of all these changes.
  4. Research and medical writing opportunities
    Our research director, Vicken Totten, MD is rapidly building a strong research infrastructure at Kaweah Delta. You’ll have the opportunity to conduct clinical research, write and publish interesting cases, and learn research methodology -- all in a supportive, nurturing academic environment.
  5. Collaboration with UCI
    You’ll have the opportunity to tap into this vast scholarly resource as you move through your residency. We provide medical student and resident rotations, and work together on providing educational content and more. The relationship we enjoy with UCI is open for your collaborative ideas.
  6. CEP/America
    All of Kaweah Delta’s emergency physicians are CEP partners. This means you’ll benefit from Attending-level expertise and supervision on every case. Additionally, you'll work within and learn a system of delivering emergency care that generates successful scores for Kaweah Delta's emergency department when compared to others across the nation. The partnership’s vision statement is: “CEP America strives to be the recognized leader in Emergency Medicine and to exceed the expectations of our patients, partners, and customers in ambulatory and emergency care.” That vision extends to our training programs and beyond.
  7. The great California lifestyle
    We’re located in the heart of California, the Central Valley. We have great seasons with great weather, excellent restaurants, shopping, movies, schools, parks, sports and gyms. Plus we’re in the middle of everything:
  8. LA, San Francisco, and more
    Visalia www.ci.visalia.ca.us is a friendly, safe community of 125,000 people with a very reasonable cost of living. There’s plenty to do locally during off hours and phenomenal day trips and weekend excursions are within a short drive.
  9. In it's commitment to GME, Kaweah Delta Health Care District has made an enormous investment in personnel, time and capital to bring graduate medical education to Visalia. Among many other commitments, KDHCD has: 
    • Helped build an ED faculty
    • Created a research program
    • Purchased ultrasound machines for the ED
    • Built a medical simulation laboratory/training center
    • Built program offices, new classrooms, call rooms, and a resident lounge.
    •  Plans for the near future, which include:
      • Building a new medical library
      • Continuing to support the ED and other faculty
      • Expanding the ED
  10. The future
    It has been said that, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” We’re working in graduate medical education at Kaweah Delta because we all believe in our dreams. If you have dreams you believe in—for yourself, for emergency medicine, and for your future—bring them to Kaweah Delta. Together, we can craft your dreams into realities. And … the bonus benefits of an EM residency at Kaweah Delta (it’s hard for us to stop at just 10):
  11. Community EM education program
    With a limited number of other residents, no fellows, and few medical students, it’ll be you, Attendings and the patients (and—as we grow—senior residents). You’ll always be first to the bedside – to care for the patient, make critical decisions, do procedures, and learn unopposed. You’ll also experience firsthand how EM works in the “real world.” The majority of emergency medicine actually occur in the community, far away from tertiary care centers where 24/7 specialists swarm every interesting case. Bottom line: you’ll have all the back-up and consultation you’ll need and the freedom and access to learn.
  12. Centralized educational experience
    We rotate residents to only one other hospital, Children’s Hospital Central California for PICU and Peds EM. Kaweah Delta provides housing for any CHCC rotation. You’ll stay near your home, your family and your friends in Visalia for the majority of the time, learning without the hassles of commuting while on a busy schedule.
  13. Outstanding resident support

Please Note:
As a newly accredited program, we are unable to consider your application if you have previously started or completed any ACGME or AOA graduate medical training program. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this requirement until 2019.