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    The Family Practice Residency Program

    With the initiation of formal training in general practice dating back to 1938, Sutter Medical Center (formerly Community Hospital) has an established tradition of excellent training with the strong support of community physicians, family physicians, and specialists alike. Many of the graduates of the residency program have settled in the area and have become active teachers in the program as well as leaders in the medical community.

    In 1968, the program became affiliated with what since has become the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco. The University provides additional teaching resources, including visiting faculty for grand rounds presentations, resources for research projects, and University recognition for faculty and residents. In 1969, with the formal acknowledgment of Family Practice as a specialty, the program became a Family Practice Residency. Since that time, it has achieved national recognition for its outstanding work in preparing family physicians to enter the full spectrum of practice.

    In March of 1996, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa leased the hospital from Sonoma County and assumed its management. Sutter Health is a not for profit organization with hospitals and medical-group affiliations throughout Northern California. It sponsors two other family practice residencies in Sacramento and Merced. Sutter is committed to the education of family doctors and brings many resources to the hospital and the Residency.

    Currently, there are 36 family practice residents at Sutter Medical Center. The residents are graduates of medical schools throughout the United States. The teaching staff is composed of over 200 full-time, part-time, and volunteer physicians. This includes a faculty of 17 family physicians, a geriatrician, a pediatrician specialist, coordinators of all major inpatient services, many community-based family physicians, several psychologists, family nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives.

    The program prepares graduates for certification by the American Board of Family Practice and is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

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