Welcome to the Kern Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency Program. We welcome your interest in our training program and hope to provide a brief overview of the residency.
Established in 1867, Kern Medical Center is a 222-bed county hospital and the cornerstone of medical care in Kern County. It is a Level II trauma center that serves Kern and Tulare County, and is the only trauma center located between Los Angeles and Fresno. A large percentage of our patients are uninsured and underserved, providing an enormous array of pathology and an opportunity to the serve the community. As an academic teaching hospital, Kern Medical Center trains more than 100 residents and fellows yearly in the fields of Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/ Gynecology, and Psychiatry.
The Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Kern Medical Center was established in 1976. Our goal is to prepare well-educated, clinically astute, board certified Emergency Physicians who can perform at high standards in any practice environment. Our training program offers extensive exposure within the Emergency Department, as well as rotations on multiple outside services.
We take only six residents per training year, for a total of 24 Emergency Medicine residents encompassing the entire program. Our small size, in the setting of a county hospital and trauma center, makes it an ideal training program for residents who want a training experience that will prepare them equally well for a demanding shift or fellowship training.