The David Grant USAF Medical Center Family Medicine residency’s mission is to produce future leaders in Air Force Family Medicine by training operationally ready physicians in evidence-based patient centered care. The residency is housed in the largest Air Force medical center, providing health care for more than 500,000 beneficiaries in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
The program was founded in 1978 and has been fully accredited through 2022. Twelve residents per year are rigorously trained in both the primary facility and outlying hospitals to cover the broad scope of family medicine clinical responsibilities.
Rotations outside of DGMC take place at the University of California, Davis (pediatrics, ER and peds ER), Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (obstetrics), Contra Costa County Hospital (newborn nursery) and Yountville VA (geriatrics).
Faculty hold a variety of interests, including women’s health, acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation, colonoscopy procedures, sports medicine and pediatrics. Faculty have completed fellowships in Faculty Development, Obstetrics and Sports Medicine. Currently, three faculty have training in medical acupuncture, with a majority of staff having the ability to perform Battlefield Acupuncture.
The program is known for its Cast Clinic, where residents regularly manage uncomplicated fractures. Residents have opportunities to train on a variety of other procedures including joint injections, skin biopsies, women’s health procedures, cardiac stress tests, obstetric ultrasounds, circumcisions, frenulotomies and vasectomies. In addition to the wide variety of training opportunities, the facility houses a Clinical Investigation Facility, which supports research protocols and an active simulation program.
The program supports resident wellness through regularly scheduled didactics, touching on issues of spiritual, financial and physical wellness, in addition to an annual community service project.
The Northern California area is ripe with opportunities for recreation of all flavors. With proximity to San Francisco and Sacramento there are many cultural events to engage in. Several National Parks are within a day’s drive, including Muir Woods, Yosemite, Lassen and Point Reyes National Seashore. For those who enjoy fine dining and wine, Napa Valley and Sonoma are a short distance from the base.