Graduate Medical Education 

We are proud to announce that we have embarked on the continuing education of young physicians with the establishment of our Graduate Medical Education (GME) Department in the specialties of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine beginning in July, 2018.

St. Joseph’s Medical Center will soon become a teaching hospital.  

What is GME?

Upon completion of medical school, physicians continue their didactic and clinical education in a medical specialty, called graduate medical education.  This further training prepares physicians for the independent practice of medicine in that specialty.

Our goal is to have our first class of residents in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine on July 1, 2018.  The following years, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine, and other Fellowships will be added for a total of at least 80 residents training at St. Joseph’s by 2023.  

The Need

There is a shortage of GME positions in the western United States, and in California specifically.  Medical students from California and the Central Valley in particular, must typically leave the area to obtain GME, decreasing the likelihood that they will return to the area to practice.  

St. Joseph's GME programs will provide high quality training opportunities to medical students from California and hopefully those from our own community who wish to return to San Joaquin County to pursue practice opportunities.  This would be perceived as an important benefit by the community and particularly by the medical community, many of whose children seek careers in medicine.  

Impact on Care for the Poor and Vulnerable

Residency programs have been shown to significantly improve the quality of care, patient outcomes, and the patient experience which in turn encourages patients and families to stay in their respective communities for care.  This strongly enhances the general health and productivity of a community.

Role of Philanthropy

Training the physicians of tomorrow is expensive, especially for a community hospital like St. Joseph’s.  This initial unfunded investment of $12 million does not include the capital expense of funding an Educational Center. The faculty and residents need didactic learning spaces that include an extensive medical library, simulation training labs with equipment and debriefing area, and classrooms. 

St. Joseph’s Foundation board has made a $1.5 million philanthropic commitment – to raise $500,000 and transfer $1,000,000 from reserves to fund an Educational Center.

The sound financial investments of people like you—those who take pride in our community and understand the importance of accessibility at all times—are central to the success of this meaningful project. 

We invite you to support the new GME programs with a charitable gift.  Your gift today will help us meet the critical demand our community has for new physicians and affordable care for everyone.  100% of every donation is directed toward this project.