All DO and MD graduates utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) to begin the process of matching into a residency specialty of their choice. The National Residency Match Program (NRMP) match occurs in March each year for senior medical students to attempt to be accepted for their preferred residency and location. Residencies may be located at academic medical centers, community hospitals, military facilities, VA hospitals, or Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serving the rural and/or underserved areas. All soon to be graduates (DO and MD) compete for these positions at ACGME approved residency programs.
Residency Program Development
There is rapid growth in undergraduate medical education in order to meet the needs of a changing demographic. This has resulted in the need to develop additional residency training positions across the country. Relative to the number of graduating medical students, there is a growing concern that the number of increases in post-graduate (residency) training programs are not keeping pace. CHSU is dedicated to working with existing facilities and new clinical settings to start or increase the number of residency positions in and around the Central Valley. We know that our area has a significant shortage of providers. We also know that a large percentage of residents stay within 50-100 miles of where they complete their residency to practice. Our mission specifically outlines our desire to increase healthcare access by educating new physicians, increasing opportunities for residency in our area, thereby significantly increasing the number of physicians in the Central Valley to create better health access to our communities.
We are working with a number of hospitals, hospital systems, and clinics in our area to help encourage them to choose to add graduate medical education opportunities here in the Central Valley and provide them with resources to help make the resident experience exceptional. Many of our local and surrounding facilities understand the importance of graduate medical education and are taking steps to add GME positions to provide excellent training to the many new graduates beginning in 2024.