Marian Regional Medical’s Family Medicine Center offers five residents a three-year, post-graduate physician training program

Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), which along with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH) and French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), are Dignity Health’s Central Coast hospitals, is excited to announce the commencement of the Family Medicine Residency program. The first group of resident physicians began their post-graduate training program in July.

The Family Medicine Residency Program, which is affiliated with University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and with Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, began the resident recruitment process in the fall of 2013.  From that process, five highly-qualified candidates were selected to receive educational support and patient experience from faculty physicians at the Family Medicine Center.  The Marian Family Residency program will be comprised of up to six residents per year, rotating through the Family Medicine Center, the medical center and Dignity Health outpatient clinic/health center sites.

The Marian Family Medicine Residency Program is led by Program Director Richard McClaflin, MD, and Director of Medical Education David Oates, MD. Dr. McClaflin is an experienced family medicine physician who comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Medicine where he was an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

“As a teaching hospital, Marian will remain at the forefront of the latest medical developments, be technologically up-to-date and offer a program that is built on a solid foundation of clinical science,” explains Dr. McClaflin. “Since family medicine physicians will be broadly trained and have the competencies required to practice in a variety of settings, our residents will receive training to provide the whole spectrum of primary care services.”

The Dignity Health Family Medicine Center, a state-of-the-art physician practice, opened on the MRMC campus in May of 2013. It will serve as one of the teaching sites for the program’s physician residents where they will learn by caring for their own panel of patients under the supervision of practicing faculty physicians.

The Marian Family Medicine Residency Program’s mission is to provide resident physicians with the full spectrum of the family medicine specialty while also promoting a scholarly environment that fosters a balance of personal and professional growth and enhances patient health. Resident physicians will be trained by specialty physicians at MRMC, from labor and deliver to geriatrics, and every stage in between.

About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care and its cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast.  The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012.  The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology service providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.