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Monterey County has amazing outdoor activities – surfing along the Monterey Bay coast from Carmel to Santa Cruz, hiking and camping in Big Sur and Pinnacles, biking on the coastal trail or in Fort Ord, and restaurants and wineries from Monterey to Carmel Valley.
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- The beaches of Monterey bay are a 20 minute drive from Natividad – for surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, or just watching the beautiful sunsets.
- Natividad serves the city of Salinas (pop 150,000), as well as the rural Salinas Valley. Residents can rotate at our rural hospital in King City which is staffed by numerous Natividad graduates.
- We care for a large population of immigrant farmworkers – about 30,00 live in the area year round, with another 25,000 arriving for the peak growing season by May every year.
- The Salinas Valley is known as the nation’s salad bowl. The patients we serve plant and harvest the majority of lettuce produced annually in the US, along with many other vegetables and fruits that must be harvested by hand.
- About 70% of our patients speak Spanish, and residents with Spanish fluency receive bilingual pay.
- Our Community Medicine curriculum introduces residents to community organizations that support our patients, fostering collaborative advocacy and education projects. During the COVID pandemic, residents have provided outreach and education to thousands of agricultural workers to protect them.
- Family Medicine plays a huge role on our busy OB service at Natividad. 21 of the 30 physicians who deliver at Natividad are family physicians, most of whom do C-sections. We have 24/7 coverage of our labor deck by both a family physician and an OB/gyn. We have a level 3 NICU and take care of many high risk OB patients.
- Integrated services at our FQHC include social work, behavioral health, diabetes education, and legal services through California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. In clinic our residents work one on one with Medical Assistants, who are all bilingual and from our community.
- We value resident wellness – our resident/faculty wellness committee sponsors events throughout the year, plus an ongoing resident buddy system, taco Tuesdays, and biannual resident/faculty retreats.
- In our applicant selection process, we use holistic file review to identify the candidates who are committed to caring for communities like ours. In addition to strong clinical training to prepare for a full spectrum residency experience, we value diversity in all forms, Spanish language proficiency, and an understanding of and commitment to advancing health equity and social justice.