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Program Contact Information

Program Name: Dignity Health Marian Family Medicine Residency Program
Program Director Name: Willard S. Chung
Program Coordinator Name: Anabel Pereyra
Program Address: 1400 E. Church St., Santa Maria, California 93454
Program Phone Number: (805) 739-3374
Program Contact Email: Anabel.Pereyra@dignityhealth.org
Total # of Residents: 18
Number of PGY-1 Slots: 6

Program at a Glance

Does your residency program share a hospital with other medical specialties or is it the only one? Opposed
Program Setting: Suburban
Is your program working in a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model? No
Program Emphasis (select all that apply): Adolescent Medicine,Advocacy,Ambulatory Medicine,Behavioral Medicine,Chronic Disease Management,Community Medicine,Geriatrics,Inpatient Medicine,Leadership Development,Procedures,Sports Medicine,Women's Health
Sponsoring Institution: Marian Regional Medical Center
Special Electives or Rotations (select all that apply): Adolescent Medicine,Ambulatory Medicine,Behavioral Medicine,Chronic Disease Management,Community Medicine,Geriatrics,Inpatient Medicine,Leadership Development,Procedures,Safety Net Medicine,Sports Medicine
Which categories best describe your patient demographic? (select all that apply): White,Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin,Asian,American Indian or Alaska Native
Accreditation: ACGME
CAFP pays for first year resident dues (dependent upon completion of the application). Please indicate if your program pays for second and/or third year CAFP resident membership.
Both PGY-2 and PGY-3 dues

Program Details

Program Highlights and/or Unique Curriculum Components (i.e. Fellowship Opportunities):
We have several curricular components that we feel are very unique to our program. Firstly, we have a very robust osteopathic manual manipulation track that has pathways for both osteopathic and allopathic residents to join to learn and advance their OMT skills. This track includes participation in an OMT clinic within our Family Medicine Center, weekly Journal Club and Skills development, quarterly workshops for the community where we offer osteopathic CME, and opportunities for inpatient consults.

Secondly, we offer an Integrative Medicine track in partnership with the University of Arizona Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Through UofA we offer an series of online lectures and educational components and pair that with an IM consultative service within our FMC. In addition, we plan to offer group visits for lifestyle and culinary medicine. We believe that those who graduate from the track will be well suited to provide IM care for patients and if residents desire, position them well to be accepted to an IM Fellowship.

Our Sports Medicine Curriculum is unique in that we have made it longitudinal over the course of the 3 years of residency training. All of our residents are assigned to on of the local high schools or community college and are paired with the designated Athletic Trainer at that site to provide the sports medicine coverage for those schools. This includes but is not limited to performing sports physicals, sideline coverage for particular sports, educational lectures for students/coaches/families, and providing care in an injury clinic, and rotating with one of our local FM/ Sports Medicine trained community physicians. We believe this provides an extensive sports medicine experience that sets residents up to gain entry into a fellowship program.

Faculty Composition:
Dr. Lisa Ryan MD- ABFM boarded with nearly 20 years of hospitalist experience. Currently the Associate Program Director. Oversees all of the inpatient curricula for the residency program.

Dr. Victor Pulido DO- AOBFP boarded and practiced full scope family medicine in Ventura, CA for nearly 20 years before coming to our program to lead our Osteopathic Track as Director of Osteopathic Education

Dr. Luke Rawlings MD- Double boarded in FM and EM. Leads our emergency medicine experience, street medicine and underserved curriculum, and POCUS champion.

Dr. Scott Piazza DO- A graduate of our program and former chief resident. ABFM boarded. Oversees curricula around resident scholarly activity, QI, Chronic Disease Management, Population Health, and Informatics in addition to chairing the didactics committee.

Dr. John Campbell MD- ABFM boarded and Fellowship trained and boarded in Geriatrics. Comes to us from Mercy Family Medicine in St. Louis, MO where he was faculty and medical director of an assisted living facility. Leads our Geriatric and SNF/Rehab experience at Marian Extended Care Center, our long term care and short stay rehab center.

Dr. Thomas Dawes MD- ABFM boarded community physician who continues to run a very robust private practice in our community for the past 20 years. Currently undergoing fellowship training in Psychiatry for Primary Care through the University of California, Irvine. Leads our behavioral health curriculum and clinic in addition to our procedure clinic.

Dr. Robert Firestone MD- A practicing family physician for 40 years and recently retired but continues to play a role as one of our leading preceptors for our residents' continuity clinic in the Family Medicine Center.

Dr. Anne Kennard- OB/Gyn trained and boarded DO who oversees our Integrative Medicine track and clinic in partnership with the University of Arizona Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Also leads our resident and faculty Wellness Curriculum.

Spouse/Family Opportunities:
The Central Coast is an area where the 2 largest industries are Agriculture and Medicine. It is also home to 2 community colleges (Alan Hancock and Cuesta) along with the California Polytechnic State University. The community in general is fairly small and close knit. We border 2 schools districts with excellent educational opportunities in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Fun Facts:
We are located approximately 3 hours from Los Angeles and San Francisco. The weather along the Central Coast, similar to Southern California, is temperate all year around but without all the traffic and pollution. Santa Maria is home to the Tri-Tip Sandwich and some of the best barbeque in California. We boast hundreds of wineries along the Central Coast of California that rival those in Napa and Sonoma stretching from the Santa Ynez Valley all the way to Paso Robles. We have miles of pristine coastline and beaches that remain virtually untouched from development. Outdoor activities are abound and endless. From surfing and paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, golfing, there are endless amounts of things to do in your free time.

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