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Surgery Residency FAQ’s

When does the program begin?

Our newly re-accredited surgical residency program is preparing to accept its first group of residents for the academic year 2025. This marks the commencement of an exciting chapter for aspiring surgeons looking to receive comprehensive training in a dynamic and supportive environment.

How long is the program?

Kern Medical's five-year surgical residency program provides a comprehensive training experience tailored to prepare aspiring surgeons for a successful career in the dynamic field of surgery. Our program is designed to equip residents with the skills, knowledge, and clinical acumen necessary to excel in all facets of surgical care.

Why join Kern Medical?

Working at Kern Medical Center offers a fulfilling and impactful career path with an opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. Our hospital is deeply rooted in the community, providing a sense of purpose and connection that is truly rewarding. Our commitment to excellence in patient care is matched by our dedication to our employees' well-being, offering competitive benefits and a supportive work environment. Kern Medical is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, providing unique opportunities for education and research. Join us at Kern Medical Center and be part of a team that is making a difference in healthcare every day.

Why join our General Surgery Residency Program?

Joining our General Surgery Residency Program in Bakersfield, California, offers a unique opportunity to address the high demand for general surgeons in a diverse community. You'll gain valuable hands-on experience working with patients from various backgrounds, under the mentorship of experienced specialists. Making a difference in the lives of individuals requiring surgical intervention can have a profound impact on the community. Additionally, Bakersfield's strong healthcare community provides networking opportunities that can benefit your career long-term

What are some benefits of living in Bakersfield, California?

Bakersfield, California, nestled in the southern part of the San Joaquin Valley, offers a unique blend of charm, affordability, and opportunity, making it an attractive place to call home. The city is more affordable compared to many other cities in California, especially in terms of housing, allowing you to get more space for your money compared to places like Los Angeles or San Francisco. Additionally, Bakersfield's proximity to larger cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco makes it easy to take weekend trips to explore these areas. Nature lovers will appreciate Bakersfield's proximity to stunning natural attractions such as the Sequoia National Forest and the Sierra Nevada mountains, offering endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. The city also has a strong sense of community, with many local events, festivals, and community activities throughout the year. Despite its size, Bakersfield boasts a vibrant cultural scene, with a rich history in country music and a growing arts community. Whether you're drawn to Bakersfield for its affordability, natural beauty, or strong sense of community, this city has something to offer everyone.

Is Moonlighting available?

During your residency with us, we want to ensure that you have the best possible experience and are able to fully dedicate yourself to your training and education. Given the rigorous nature of our program and the demands it places on your time and energy, moonlighting opportunities are not available. We believe that this decision is in the best interest of your professional development and well-being, as it allows you to focus entirely on your residency responsibilities and training.

If you have any additional questions regarding the application process, please email our Program Coordinator,

Juan Carlos Peregrina

The ACGME also asks that U.S. programs notify applicants of the length of the program. Kern Medical does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran's status.