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"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman." – Martin Luther King, Jr.
For thirty years, since the program's establishment in 1982, the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Program at SFGH (SFPC) has been attracting the best medical students in the country and offering outstanding clinical training for a career in caring for underserved and vulnerable patients. Our program has grown in many ways over the past few years: we have increased in size to eight residents per year, and many changes continue to happen in General Medicine Clinic and at San Francisco General Hospital to improve the care we provide to our patients. Our division has grown to 21 faculty members, and our faculty continues to conduct important research and policy work to improve the health of vulnerable populations.
SFPC is devoted to training physicians to become leaders in the care of the underserved. We emphasize meeting the complex needs of poor and vulnerable patients and developing methods of primary care that are effective, efficient and accessible to all people.
- To teach the practice of comprehensive, high quality medicine for the underserved and to cultivate the next generation of leaders in primary care, education, advocacy, and scholarship.
Our primary care internal medicine residency is based at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), which is a publicly funded county hospital that serves all residents of the City and County of San Francisco regardless of their insurance, financial, and immigration status. SFGH is also a significant participant in the city’s Healthy San Francisco program, which was developed in 2007 to provide universal health care coverage to all residents of San Francisco.
Due to the Affordable Care Act funding to support primary care expansion, we will be recruiting candidates for 8 positions.
The SFGH Primary Care Track is located within the SFGH Division of General Medicine (DGIM) and partners with the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP)( http://cvp.ucsf.edu/index.php). CVP is a nationally renowned center that focuses on research issues involving the underserved such as access to care, disparities in medical outcomes in minority populations, and improving health outcomes in vulnerable populations. Additional interests within the department include patient safety, substance use, primary care innovation, and quality improvement. Residents work with DGIM faculty in a variety of context, including ambulatory didactics, continuity clinic, mentored project work, and educational conferences. In addition, residents foster a close sense of community within the SFPC program, which is fostered through shared ambulatory blocks, bimonthly support groups, and resident retreats.
It is the mission of San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) to deliver high quality, humanistic, and culturally competent health services to the residents of the City and County of San Francisco. Located in the vibrant Mission District of San Francisco, SFGH provides world-class care to a truly diverse clientele. Just a few of the outstanding services available at SFGH are:
- Comprehensive outpatient clinics staffed by award winning UCSF faculty and resident physicians.
- World-renowned AIDS clinical care and research.
- A nationally regarded, state of the art trauma center.
- Rigorous research mission.
- Innovative patient care programs to improve care to vulnerable patients.
Although many patients are attracted by the excellence of medical care, many also choose SFGH because of the hospital's commitment to providing care to all patients. This commitment includes:
- A policy that no patient will be turned away of financial reasons.
- Extensive interpreter services. Professional interpreters of Arabic, Cantonese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and many more languages are available to assist patients and health care providers.
- Culturally sensitive psychiatric and social services.