GME first class of residents

Graduate Medical Education 

St. Joseph’s Medical Center (SJMC) is taking bold steps to train the next generation of doctors to serve our community. With a major expansion of our Physician Graduate Medical Education Program, St. Joseph's will become a leading regional teaching hospital. Our goal is to grow our program to nearly 200 physicians training in our hospital and serving our community by 2025.

Now, you can pioneer a new era in healthcare in the San Joaquin Valley by helping us train the future physicians of St. Joseph’s Medical Center. 

What is GME?

When doctors graduate from medical school, they continue their education in a medical specialty called a Graduate Medical Education Residency. Residencies in a hospital setting provide essential additional clinical training preparing physicians for the independent practice of medicine in their chosen specialty. Currently, many medical students have to leave the western United States to train, decreasing the likelihood that they will return to this area to practice medicine.

St. Joseph's Physician Graduate Medical Education Program launched in 2018, and today, 30 physicians are training in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Two additional residencies will start soon, attracting top-quality young doctors who have connections to the communities we serve. The expansion of our program will significantly help attract additional physicians from outside this region to train and practice in the San Joaquin Valley. With our diverse patient population, SJMC offers an attractive learning environment for young physicians eager to master their skills. Our expanded program will create a future physician workforce to improve access to quality medical care.

Innovations in the Education Center

The program’s two-story center will offer residencies in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Anesthesiology, Transitional Year, Urologic Surgery, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Psychiatry, Thoracic Surgery, and Interventional Radiology. The center will include lecture space, an extensive medical library, conference rooms, office and research space, and equipment needed for each of the medical specialties.

Physicians will train in two Simulation Labs, a central Simulation Lab Control Room, and debriefing areas which will provide safe, highly impactful education to our physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff. Trainees will have access to the next generation of healthcare training in a simulated environment using advanced medical mannequins.

As physicians and other clinicians learn to refine their communication, master new techniques, and improve procedures, simulation training also dramatically enhances patient safety. Training sessions can be digitally recorded and projected to an adjoining classroom, and later participants can review and analyze their performances through a debriefing process. Trainees practice interventions on life-like mannequins, whose responses can be preset, allowing participants to make and learn from mistakes without harming actual patients.

Another vital investment is the DaVinci Xi Surgical System supporting the most advanced minimally invasive option for complex colorectal, general, gynecologic and urologic surgeries; it’s also a must have teaching tool for future residency programs and expanding service lines.

Economic Boost to the Valley

Overall, SJMC’s economic impact on our community is significant; our salaries and benefits alone are more than $350 million a year, with the vast majority of our people living and working in the San Joaquin Valley. Additionally, the expanded education program will provide a boost to the economic development of our region through the creation of new jobs, new spending by SJMC for goods and services, and generation of new tax revenue. Residents and their families spend over three years in training, placing them in the position to make the Stockton area their home, contributing to the health, education, diversity, tax and economic base, and infrastructure our community.

Role of Philanthropy

St. Joseph’s Medical Center has been a leader in responding to the challenges of providing high-quality care to our community. By transforming our dynamic medical center to a formidable teaching hospital, together, we can help attract new physicians and enhance the quality of healthcare in the San Joaquin Valley. Our expansion plan will require resources to build out the facility, purchase equipment, and support medical research, educational projects, and conferences for medical students. 

Dignity Health, along with several government and private foundation grants, are generously funding most operational costs during several phases of growth in the coming years. Additional charitable support of $1 million for the Education Center and $1.5 million for the DaVinci Xi Surgical System is needed to support this expansion. We invite you invest in your community by supporting SJMC’s bold initiative to recruit, train, and retain highly skilled new physicians to join our vital mission, providing quality medical care to all the communities we serve.

Gifts to the campaign may be structured in many ways, including pledges made over multiple years. Please contact the Foundation at (209) 467-6347 or SJFSJ@dignityheatlh.org if you have an interest in supporting our campaign.

 

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