The cornerstone of the Urban Underserved Residency Track is One World Community Health Center. This busy, independent clinic was established in 1970 and during that time it has earned the respect of the community. We just moved into a new, spacious facility fully equipped to provide a wide array of health services.
What are the patients like? About 90% of our patients are Spanish-speaking, so our providers are either bilingual or work with an interpreter. We see a lot of children and young families, but we really provide cradle-to-grave care for a broad cross-section of patients. In terms of the illnesses we treat, our patients are a constant source of challenging clinical problems. This is a great place to learn family medicine. Continuity of care is a priority for us, and residents have the opportunity to develop relationships over time with individual families. That personal connection with special patients is what gives me the most satisfaction out of my practice. Our mission as a physician group is to provide culturally respectful, quality health care in an atmosphere that fosters human dignity.
The Urban Underserved Residency Track is designed to train physicians to care for underserved urban populations and fluency in Spanish is required. The curriculum may include special rotations in community health, community pediatrics, and school health. Special lectures and workshops will help you to develop special skills necessary for practicing in a cross-cultural setting and in an urban underserved area. Opportunities to complete international rotations is also available.
This program is not for everyone, but for that special person who feels that working with the underserved is a special calling, this may be exactly what you are looking for. For those who are ready to accept the challenge, this program will offer you a tremendous potential to grow as a physician and as a human being.