Family Medicine Residency Program

Family Medicine Residency Training Program

Welcome to Family Health Centers of San Diego’s

Family Medicine Residency Program

The mission of the Family Medicine Residency Program is to recruit and train physicians from diverse backgrounds who are interested in providing care to the underserved communities of San Diego, while providing high-quality, broad-based clinical education and experience.


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With its inaugural class starting in 2014, our Family Medicine Residency Program was developed as a community-based training program located in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego. City Heights is not only one of the most ethnically diverse communities in San Diego, but the nation as well. It is home to a large number of refugees and immigrants including Latino, North African, Middle Eastern, Haitian, Vietnamese and Cambodian peoples. City Heights Family Health Center houses our residents’ continuity clinic and provides care to approximately 86,000 patients annually. The clinic has both the Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home designation and NCQA Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition. City Heights was selected by the California Endowment as one of 14 Building Healthy Communities sites in California. The sites were chosen “based on social determinants of health data used to identify areas that are impacted by poor health outcomes but have the potential to inspire policy changes to create a healthy environment for all Californians.” This creates a dynamic setting to understand the impact of social determinants of health, learn how to improve health care outcomes for an underserved population, and develop the skills to become a well-rounded primary care provider.

Our core curriculum for residency training is primarily based within our FQHC system – one of the nation’s ten largest FQHCs. We are the largest health care safety-net provider, school-based health care provider and HIV/AIDS services provider in the San Diego region. FHCSD operates 77 sites across San Diego County, including 25 primary care clinics, 21 behavioral health facilities, eight dental clinics, four vision clinics, three mobile medical units, two mobile counseling centers, two physical rehabilitation clinics, a pharmacy and an outpatient substance use treatment program to support services throughout San Diego County. We provide care to over 227,000 patients each year; over 91% are low-income and 29% are uninsured. We provide also Title X sexual and reproductive health care services to over 42,000 patients per year. We partner with Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital and University of California, San Diego Medical Center for obstetrics, nursery, inpatient medicine, surgical and elective experiences. Rady Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in California and is ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties surveyed by U.S. News & World Report. Scripps Mercy Hospital, which cares for an urban underserved population where approximately 75% of patients are uninsured or underinsured, is recognized for high performance in 12 specialties. Additionally, FHCSD serves as a primary teaching institution for the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, UCSD Pediatric and Medicine Residency Programs and the Scripps Mercy Transitional Year Residency Program. FHCSD is proud to start our Psychiatry Residency Program beginning with its first class in July 2024.

We have unique curriculum tracks which cater to our special populations. Our HIV track allows for residents to have a longitudinal experience in our HIV clinic and, upon completion, sit for the AAHIVM certification exam to practice as HIV specialists. Through our global health concentration, residents learn how to build capacity for refugees, participate in an international elective and attend the AAFP Global Health Summit. Residents on our sports medicine track participate in longitudinal sports medicine clinics with our sports medicine faculty and attend the AMSSM National Conference. Our integrative medicine track teaches residents how to meld various approaches to patient care while completing the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine curriculum. Our residents also participate in an innovative curriculum, including trauma-informed care, medication assisted treatment and gender affirming care. Our continuity clinic hosts an Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment (OMT) clinic where our D.O. faculty members supervise both allopathic and osteopathic residents in OMT training.

Community-based ambulatory health care is the future of medicine in the United States, and we are excited to lead the way. Our program provides the highest-quality education in a real-world setting to improve the health disparities of our community’s most vulnerable patients. If community medicine, underserved medicine, social determinants of health and improving health care disparities for our vulnerable populations energizes you, then we invite you to apply!

Zachary Thomas, M.D.
Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program

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The COVID-19 vaccine is required for all new staff members, effective August 1, 2021. Exceptions will be considered for disability or medical conditions, or sincerely held religious beliefs. Family Health Centers of San Diego is taking this necessary step to keep the patients we serve and the people we work with safe.

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