How do candidates apply?
This residency program participates in ERAS and all applications are accepted through ERAS ONLY!
What are the program’s key characteristics?
The goal of the Surgical Residency Program at Kern Medical is to train medical graduates to become top-quality surgeons with special emphasis on achieving clinical and scholarly excellence. Surgery residents at Kern Medical work to attain this goal through extensive surgical activities along the entire educational spectrum, didactic through clinical.
Our highly qualified faculty physicians enable us to reach our goals. Our residency program has no fellows to diminish the case load of residents. All residents work directly with faculty physicians while performing procedures.
The surgical residency program consists of six specialty divisions: general surgery, neurological surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, urology, and ophthalmology. Each specialty division has its own full-time teaching faculty and is integrated within the residency. Besides these specific divisions, the resident is exposed to many other subspecialties while pursuing educational opportunities in six affiliated hospitals.
Our unique program combines a high level of teaching and supervision, plus flexibility in meeting the individual resident’s educational needs, with a focus on clinical surgical excellence. The primary educational method is one-on-one interaction between faculty and resident. Problem-based learning in seminars, conferences and participation in research are used as supplementary educational tools. We emphasize progressive responsibility through a minimum of five years of training. Our graduates are truly independent surgeons both in skill and judgment.
What training and education are available?
Kern Medical provides five years of clinical training for its surgical residents. Four years are devoted to general surgery, with 12 months or less dedicated to other disciplines. Four residents are accepted into this training program each year. Two categorical residents will complete all five years of training while two non-categorical residents will be exposed to general surgery for one year, preparing them to enter surgical subspecialties.
The five-year training program is divided into three levels. Level 1 encompasses PGY-1 and 2. During this level the resident is introduced to the scope of surgery. The focus is on pre- and postoperative care, operative technique, critical care and management, and patient evaluation. The first level provides direct operative experience in general, plastic, ENT, and urology surgery.
The second level is attained during PGY-3 and 4 at which time the resident begins supervising more junior residents. The emphasis is on operative techniques in general, and on pediatric, cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery. By the completion of this level, residents are expected to have developed maturity of judgment, leadership skills, and operative surgical proficiency enabling them to lead and manage the surgical team.
The final level is Chief Resident in the PGY-5 year. At this time, the resident receives full responsibility for patients on the general surgical service. The Chief Resident is expected to be the primary surgeon on all procedures in which sufficient experience has been attained.
What is the hospital’s role in the community?
Kern Medical is a 222-bed general acute care teaching hospital under the sponsorship of Kern County. Kern Medical provides comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and ancillary services, and is Kern County’s largest health care service provider and only hospital with physician residency programs.
Currently there are five physician residency programs: Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Surgery, and Psychiatry. Kern Medical’s mission is:
- To provide health care services to all Kern County residents, with special outreach to those whose access is limited
- To be a primary community health care resource
- To operate in a fiscally responsible manner
- And to cooperate with other health care providers in providing quality health care
What is the community like?
Kern Medical is in Bakersfield, at the southern tip of the famous San Joaquin Valley in Kern County. Bakersfield, an officially designated “All-American City,” has a population of 352,428 that is rich in cultural diversity. The community provides solid public educational opportunities through the college level, and has a variety of affordable homes and excellent quality of life.
The county itself is geographically diverse, and provides an unusual valley-high mountain-desert topography with outstanding recreational opportunities.
How are interviews conducted?
An interview is an important element of the selection process for both the applicant and Kern Medical. Only applicants who participate in the National Resident Matching program will be interviewed.
As soon as we receive and review applications, we email and schedule selected applicants for interviews. However, we cannot interview every applicant due to time constraints. We realize the importance of this decision and encourage you to involve your spouse or others in the process.
What are the curriculum’s main features?
The Kern Medical Surgery Residency Program is divided into 65 four-week rotations over the five years. Rotations are based and arranged on the hospital’s need and resident’s personal interest. Rotations also take place out of Kern Medical in affiliate hospitals. Elective rotations in other facilities and different specialties are available.