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.