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Family Medicine Residency

Welcome

Deborah Simon-Weisberg

Welcome to the LifeLong Medical Care’s Family Medicine Residency. LifeLong is a well-established and highly regarded community health center in the San Francisco East Bay Area. Our program was accredited by the ACGME in April 2019 and was developed to fill a need to train more highly skilled family medicine physicians to work in urban underserved outpatient medicine practices. We provide a nontraditional, community medicine based educational experience with a focus on full scope outpatient family practice. We are fortunate to offer inpatient rotations at several hospitals with strong academic teaching programs.

We are seeking residents who demonstrate a commitment to the family medicine model of care. We distinguish ourselves by our innovative curriculum that takes the resident outside of the exam room and into the community. Our program is tailored to prepare residents for the real world demands of the modern outpatient family doctor. We are excited to be a new, cutting edge, robust, and mission driven program deeply connected to the community we serve.

Sincerely,
Dr. Deborah Simon-Weisberg
Program Director

Overview

LifeLong Medical Care developed this program to provide a robust educational experience for the next generation of family medicine physicians. Our organization has more than 40 years of experience caring for a complex safety net population of all ages, strong clinical and outreach programs, and longstanding community relationships. We offer you the optimal learning environment to become leaders in healthcare.

We aim to educate and train a thriving workforce of highly qualified and diverse residents who are inspired to address the comprehensive healthcare needs of undeserved communities.

Our Teaching Health Center

William Jenkins Health Center

We are a Teaching Health Center program focused on training residents in a community-based primary care services setting. Our residents have their clinical home at the LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center, a brand new, state-of-the-art outpatient health center in Richmond, CA. The health center has primary care for all ages, integrated behavioral health, dental, and urgent care, as well as, imaging, lab services, and a wellness center. It serves as the resident’s continuity clinic throughout the three year program. Residents have access to a private workspace, lounge, conference spaces and sunny balconies.

What Makes this Residency Unique?

  • Sponsored by a highly regarded and progressive community health center system.
  • Multicultural urban, safety net patient population spanning all ages.
  • Integrated behavioral health, including MAT.
  • Non-traditional community medicine opportunities such as street medicine and house calls.
  • Innovative curriculum with a focus on leveraging community resources to impact social determinants of health.
  • Group medical visit model for prenatal, parenting, and chronic conditions.
  • Emphasis on team-based care to achieve efficiency and high-quality care in the resident teaching health center.
  • Exposure to complementary alternative medicine integrated within primary care.

Cutting Edge & Outpatient Focused Rotations

  • Family Medicine Outpatient (3 blocks)
    • Panel Management
    • Healthcare Systems
    • Quality Improvement
    • Population Health
    • Leadership
  • Community Medicine
    (3 blocks)

    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Social Justice
    • Community Activism
    • Street Medicine
    • Primary Care Research
  • Behavioral Medicine
    (3 blocks)

    • Integrated Behavioral Health
    • Psychiatry clinics in the primary care setting
    • Specialized mental health services for all ages
  • Outpatient Procedures
    (2 blocks)

    • Comprehensive POCUS training
    • Advanced GYN procedures
    • Dental Procedures

Inpatient Rotations/Hospital Partners

Robust inpatient training will occur at the following East Bay Area partner hospitals with well established GME programs:

  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital (Oakland, CA)
  • Kaiser Permanente East Bay (Richmond, CA & Oakland, CA)
  • Sutter Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Berkeley, CA)
  • Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (Martinez, CA)

Who Should Apply for this Residency Program?

Robust inpatient training will occur at the following East Bay Area partner hospitals with well established GME programs:

  • Demonstrated experience and future interest in caring for urban underserved populations in a safey-net setting.
  • Attracted to a rigorous full scope family practice training program.
  • Desire to be a driver of healthcare change and leaders in their work and community.
  • Bilingual preferred (especially Spanish).
  • Interested in being a pioneer to shape a new residency program in a community health setting.

Interested in Learning More About the Program?

For more information, please email FMResidency@lifelongmedical.org

LifeLong Medical Care is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Words from Our Residents

I chose LifeLong Medical Care because it gives me an opportunity to live out my dream in serving and caring for urban underserved communities. Being from Oakland, CA, I plan to connect and establish lifelong relationships with my patients, address their needs, and make a difference in their overall health. LifeLong Medical Care's external partnership and robust training will help me in becoming a well rounded Family Physician.

Muhmod Ahmad
Resident Physician, Class of 2024

LifeLong was the first program I interviewed at that got me excited for residency; that made me feel like I was going to spend the next three years learning to truly enjoy my profession and grow with my peers, patients and community, rather than wishing I had never gone down this route because I’m so burned out and have no time or energy to take care of myself, let alone anyone else. From the short time I’ve been here, I’ve seen how much this program cares about the wellness of its patients and community, and equally so of its staff and residents. It’s the nurturing environment, compassion, and advocacy that I’ve witnessed at LifeLong that has made me so thankful to have matched into this program.

Weronika Nepali
Resident Physician, Class of 2024

What stands out at LifeLong Medical Care is how mission-driven and committed the organization, faculty, and staff are to providing quality, patient-centered primary care to underserved communities in the Bay Area. I couldn’t be more proud to be a resident completing my training at this program beside such passionate, caring, and dedicated individuals.

Hannah Dragomanovich
Resident Physician, Class of 2024

I started medical school knowing that I wanted to go into family medicine and that I wanted to work with under-resourced communities. I had researched programs online and at AAFP conferences. LifeLong Medical Care really stood out to me as a place where people could get truly comprehensive care. Since starting residency, I continue learning new ways in which this program is designed to help us develop fulfilling careers as family physicians. I love bread and butter primary care, taking care of patients from newborns to seniors, but I also have many special interests; LifeLong allows me the opportunity to pursue all of these passions while working with and learning from people who care deeply about our patients and community. I am thankful every day for having matched here. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better program if I tried.

Adrianne Khanolkar
Resident Physician, Class of 2024