Selma Family Medicine Rotation
Family Medicine Center
As many as nine residents at a time, three in each year of residency, rotate through the Community Care clinic at 1041 Rose Ave. under the instruction of five faculty members in a program intended to highlight rural medicine. In addition, other residents rotate through to gain experience in pediatrics and obstetrics. The residents see patients at the clinic and at Adventist Medical Center - Selma next door.
"Our goal is to teach family-practice physicians how to practice in a rural community instead of the urban setting that most are familiar with," says Dr. Alex Moir, medical director of the program staffed by Central California Faculty Medical Group.
"The expectations are very different for a family practice physician here. In the city, a doctor would expect an OB patient to be seen by an obstetrician or a surgery patient to go to a surgeon. We expect a lot more direct care management by the family practice physician in a rural town."
The program also benefits the medical community and the Selma area, Dr. Moir says. "A residency program does a fair amount to keep the medical community up to date in its practices."
The Selma rotation has produced many physicians for rural Valley communities, he said, counting Selma, Kerman, Orange Cove and Reedley among the towns where former Selma residents now practice.
For more information about the residency program, faculty and residents, visit www.fresno.ucsf.edu/fpc/.
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