Kern Medical Center Residents Fight to Save Family Medicine

Kern Medical Center lobby visit

KMC resident physicians meeting with Kern County Board of Supervisors Chair Zack Scrivner about the critical role the hospital's Family Medicine program plays in the community

Threatened with the closure of the family medicine residency program, Kern Medical Center residents brought their concerns to the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

In a meeting with Board of Supervisors Chair Zack Scrivner, they outlined what makes the Family Medicine program so vital to the County:

  • In the clinic alone, residents see about 25,000 visits per year, in addition to another 7,000 visits in other clinics such as Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, etc. Inpatient visits: 11,300.
  • The program has a long tradition of serving the homeless.
  • KMC Family Medicine residents stay and work in the community after residency. Within the last 4 years, over 50 percent stayed in Bakersfield. This is important when we are facing a shortage of primary care physicians.
  • Removing primary and preventative care hampers doctors’ ability to prevent major illnesses. More patients will end up in ER, which is bad for patients and costly for the County.
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