GME - Family - FAQ

The following is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). To read the answer to each question, please click on the question.

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WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR APPLYING TO THE KAWEAH DELTA FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY PROGRAM?

Along with your completed ERAS application, we are interested in the “fit” of candidates to our program. We are looking for those who have a heart for Family Medicine and want to care for the undeserved of the community. The goal of our program is to graduate physicians who are ready to practice Family Medicine with anyone, anytime and anywhere, with a focus on those who wish to continue to serve the population of Central California.
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CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT YOUR HOSPITAL AND TEACHING FACULTY?

Historically, Kaweah Delta has been a community-based hospital and each of our Family Medicine Faculty work either in a solo or multi-physician/multi-specialty practice within the local community. Having recently received Institutional and Family Medicine Program Accreditation from the ACGME, we are now a teaching hospital. The goal of the Family Medicine program is to mentor young physicians to develop a passion for serving the community. Our Family Medicine Faculty is diverse and truly reflects the patient population of our community. In addition to the program faculty, physicians within the community recognize there is a shortage of physicians in this medically underserved area of California. As such, many of them have committed to providing various types of training in their areas of interest and expertise.
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IS KAWEAH DELTA AFFILIATED WITH A MEDICAL SCHOOL?

Yes. In an effort to provide Medical Students and Resident Physicians access to facilities in which they can obtain broader clinical learning experiences, Kaweah Delta Health Care District entered into an affiliation agreement with UC Irvine School of Medicine in November 2011. Residents will have online access to UCI’s extensive Graduate Medical Education resources and certain rotations will be able to participate in various lectures through video technology.
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IS THE FAMILY MEDICINE PROGRAM UNOPPOSED?

Kaweah Delta will be, within the next 5 years, sponsoring 5 residency programs (Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, General Surgery and a Transitional Year Program). The GME team at KDHCD is committed to avoiding any opposition between the residents of the various residencies or between programs. Since we are growing the residencies from the ground up, we have the unique opportunity to develop a team based approach to GME. Any resident on a given service will be afforded the same treatment, responsibilities and privileges as any other resident at the same PG level and experiences, regardless of residency of origin. For example a PGY 1 FM resident, a PGY 1 EM resident, a PGY 1 TYP resident, a PGY 1 PSY and a PGY 1 GS resident on the Family Medicine service will all be treated identically. We feel this situation will result in a close working relationship between residents of all programs and will create synergies between programs. It is the commitment of our entire GME team to avoid conflicts between services and to maximize educational experiences for all of our residents by seamless integration of our programs where they intersect.
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HOW MANY LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION DO YOU REQUIRE? DO THEY NEED TO BE WRITTEN BY A FAMILY PHYSICIAN?

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted with the ERAS application. They do not need to be from a family physician; however, at least one letter written by a family physician is preferred. Letters of recommendation should be written within the last year and should include statements regarding your clinical knowledge and skills. The person writing the letter should have directly observed you interacting with patients. We also look for comments regarding attitude, work ethic, teamwork, compassion, professionalism and if you have waived your right to view the letter.
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DO YOU ACCEPT COMLEX SCORES?

Yes. Applications from graduates of Osteopathic Medical Schools will be accepted. All supplemental application materials/documents required of Allopathic Medical Schools must also be submitted through ERAS.
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WHAT IS THE MINIMUM REQUIRED USMLE/COMLEX SCORE?

A minimum score has not been set as applicants are not chosen on test scores alone. However, applicants with greater than 1 attempt on any section of their USMLE/COMLEX tests will not be considered.
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WHAT IS YOUR DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS?

While a firm deadline has not been set, it is preferred that completed applications be received prior to December 31. We plan to begin interviewing in mid to late October.
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MAY I EMAIL/FAX ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR YOUR REVIEW AND/OR TO INCLUDE WITH MY APPLICATION?

No. All documentation must be submitted through ERAS.
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DOES KAWEAH DELTA HAVE CHILD CARE AVAILABLE?

Yes! Kaweah Kids Center is a Title 22 facility and is licensed through the State of California’s Community Care Licensing agency. The teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. Kaweah Kids Center is open to employees of Kaweah Delta Health Care District as well as the public and is dedicated to serving children ages 0 – 5 years old.
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WHAT IS THE HOUSING SITUATION IN VISALIA?

Visalia is an attractive location for singles and families to live thanks to the affordability of housing, a consistently stable and growing economy, good weather, a municipal airport, low crime, and its proximity to San Francisco, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, the Sierras, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles. Median home values/median rental rates in Visalia are well below the California average. 
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ARE THERE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES NEARBY?

“Nestled in the foothills below the majestic Sierra Nevada, Visalia is the Gateway of Sequoia and Kings National Parks. The city’s charm and strong community welcome visitors year-round for an experience filled with live entertainment, stunning art, rich history, and world-class restaurants.” - Visalia Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau
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WILL YOU CONSIDER INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES (IMG’S)?

Yes. All qualified candidates will be considered to our program.
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WILL THE MEDICAL SCHOOL I ATTENDED BE CONSIDERED?

Applicants must have graduated from a Medical School recognized by the Medical Board of California
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IS THERE A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF YEARS SINCE THE TIME OF GRADUATION?

Applicants must have graduated from a Medical School recognized by the State of California - or - have been in active clinical training within the last 5 years.
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IS A PTAL (CALIFORNIA LETTER) REQUIRED?

Yes. International Medical School graduates must obtain and submit a current PTAL (California Letter). The PTAL must have been issued (or renewed) within the last 12 months to be considered. Note: We are unable to rank an applicant who does not have a valid PTAL. As such, applications will be placed “on hold” until we have received a current PTAL via ERAS.
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DO YOU REQUIRE AN ECFMG (EDUCATIONAL COMMISSION FOR FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES) CERTIFICATE FOR IMG APPLICANTS?

Yes. A valid certificate must be submitted with your ERAS application. The CSA and English dates must be current for IMG applicants.
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WILL YOUR PROGRAM CONSIDER MY APPLICATION IF I HAVE COMPLETED A PORTION OF OR GRADUATED FROM ANOTHER U.S. RESIDENCY PROGRAM (FAMILY MEDICINE OR OTHER SPECIALTY)?

No. We are unable to consider your application if you have previously started or completed an ACGME or AOA program.
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MAY I TRANSFER AND/OR RECEIVE CREDIT FOR TRAINING THAT I HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED AND ENTER YOUR PROGRAM AT A LEVEL OTHER THAN A PGY1?

Not at this time. Any applicants invited to participate in the FM Program will begin at the PGY1 level.
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WILL YOUR PROGRAM SPONSOR MY VISA?

Our program will accept J-1 VISAs sponsored through the ECFMG. We do not sponsor VISAs at this time.
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