In 2014, Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) launched the Family Medicine Residency Training Program to provide medical school graduates with real-world experience as they enter the clinical workforce. Each year, FHCSD offers six slots for this three-year residency program, which includes rotations at FHCSD clinics and partner hospitals Scripps Mercy Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital and VITAS Healthcare.

Now in its second year, the Family Medicine Residency Training Program is currently training 12 residents who are passionate about family medicine and the patients they treat. From pediatrics to geriatrics and DJing to 3-D printers, these residents have a wide range of medical interests and hobbies. Keep an eye out for posts spotlighting these impressive residents! Who knows? You just may see one of them at your next clinic visit!

This week, we are spotlighting Jie Liu, M.D., who grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2004 with dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and organizational studies. She later earned a master’s degree in public health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, where she realized she wanted to work more directly with the people she hoped to serve. From there, she decided to pursue a career in medicine and earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego.

“I had no idea that I would become a doctor when I was in college, or even in grad school,” Dr. Liu explains. “While I loved working on improving the health of a population, I wanted to be more connected to the individuals whose health I was working to improve.”

Now a resident at FHCSD, Dr. Liu brings interests that include global and domestic issues, integrative medicine that takes a whole-person approach to treatment and obesity management. She enjoys sailing traveling and photography in her free time.

When asked about what she likes best about working at FHCSD, Dr. Liu has a definite answer: the patients. “So many of them have to overcome so many barriers in life,” she says. “I’m inspired by them every day to work harder.”

It is estimated that by 2020 the U.S. will be short at least 45,000 primary care physicians to meet the growing need for health care services. Though more and more people are going to medical school, there are not enough residency positions available to make sure graduates are fully trained and able to meet patients’ needs. Recognizing this national issue, FHCSD took the initiative to create the Family Medicine Residency Training Program. Dr. Liu is a wonderful example of the residents who are going through this training program and, one day, will hopefully be permanent fixtures at FHCSD and in San Diego. We invite you to learn about all of the  Family Medicine Residency Training Program residents by viewing their bios here.


Applications for the 2016 class are now being accepted!
For more information or to apply, please visit the Family Medicine Residency Training Program webpage.

Help Us Reach Our Goal of $150,000!
Your tax-deductible donation, big or small, will help fund the equivalent of one year of training for one resident. Donate securely online and select “Family Medicine Residency Training Program” from the drop-down menu or contact Chris Larkin, Director of Development, at or (619) 515-2315.