Program Goals and Philosophy

Mission Statement

The Valley Family Medicine Residency of Modesto strives to train physicians through service to those in need.

We believe that residents reach their fullest potential when they are responsible for broad based, high quality health care in an environment of educational innovation and compassionate teamwork.

Our 36-resident program works with a large, multi-specialty faculty to staff a county health system, delivering both hospital and outpatient care. This system is the health care "safety-net" for our community, caring for many people who would otherwise be without care.

Inpatient care is done at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, which has a large obstetrical service with 4,000 deliveries per year and a level III intensive care nursery. Outpatient care is conducted primarily in Stanislaus County Health Service Agency's clinics.


Our patient population is diverse: 50% are Hispanic and 10% are Southeast Asian. The ability to speak Spanish is desirable, although translators are easily available since many of our staff are bilingual.

Many of our patients are economically disadvantaged. 80% percent of our patients are on Medicaid (Medi-Cal), 15% are on Medi-Care, and 5% are uninsured (self-pay on sliding-fee scale). We are proud of the care that we provide to people who might otherwise be denied access.

Doctors Medical Centers' Mission is to be recognized as the foremost health care facility in Central California - The yardstick against which all other health care facilities are measured - for the provision of high-quality, cost-effective and state-of-the-art medical services in a compassionate, caring manner responsive to the needs of the community.


The Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, a participant in Valley Consortium for Medical Education, is dedicated to their mission, which "is to lead the development, implementation and promotion of public policy and health care services to achieve excellent physical, psychological and social well-being". Their vision statement is simply "Leading the Way to a Healthy Community".

Last but not least, the residency program has an educational philosophy that guides our training model and has resulted in excellent graduates ready to enter a wide variety of practice settings.