On Monday, July 1, 2019, 26 new doctors began their positions at the Riverside University Health System (RUHS) Medical Center, where they will spend the next three to seven years training in their specialized fields of medicine. The doctors—all recent graduates of medical schools from across the country—started their first week on the job with orientation and as is tradition, a “white coat ceremony,” where each doctor was ‘coated’ with the long white jacket that has become a symbol of trust and professionalism in the medical field. “Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. The days will be long, and the years will be short,” said Dr. Roger Garrison, associate director of graduate medical education to the new physicians during the ceremony. During the orientation senior resident physicians also shared learned advice with their junior colleagues and encouraged them to take time to care for themselves. The seniors also stressed the importance of forging strong bonds with their cohorts as well as the importance of taking time to know their patients. “Medicine is very humbling, and it is so inspiring to learn about that patient who has been a husband for 60 years,” said Dr. Tony Hu, senior resident in RUHS’ anesthesiology residency program. “Your choice to train at a county hospital speaks to your dedication and selflessness.” RUHS sponsors five physician residency programs including Anesthesiology, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Family Medicine—the oldest accredited family medicine program in California dating back to 1971. Collectively, RUHS residency programs support a total of 116 fulltime medical residents each year. But training doctors in a region that has only half of the physicians it needs doesn’t stop there. Over the next year, more than 1,000 physician residents and medical students will perform clinical rotations at RUHS Medical Center through academic affiliations with schools of medicine at UC Riverside, Loma Linda and Western University. RUHS is also expanding medical education to include physician extenders such as clinical pharmacists. For more than a hundred years RUHS has served as Riverside County’s primary public teaching and safety net hospital as part of its mission to serve the healthcare needs of the county—the tenth most populous county in the nation.
Header Photo: Dr. Roger Garrison, associate director of graduate medical education, addresses the 26 newly coated doctors who will spend between three and seven years in their residencies at RUHS Medical Center