Residency Program Diversity and Inclusion
Valley Children’s Healthcare serves a very diverse patient population. In order to provide the best care to our patients, we recognize the need for physicians of diverse backgrounds. We are proud of our diverse residency classes who come from many different backgrounds and have worked together to create a strong and cohesive team. Our residents have developed strong bonds over a common passion to improve the health of children and minimize healthcare disparities while they train to become knowledgeable pediatricians and compassionate advocates.
We also value inclusion and equity, essential components to improving diversity among our physicians. We recognize the need to continually strive to ensure all learners at Valley Children’s have a safe and welcoming learning environment. Ultimately, as we hope to train pediatricians who will establish their practice in the Central Valley, we look forward to training pediatricians as colleagues who will continue to support a philosophy of encouragement for all, while breaking down the barriers that perpetuate healthcare disparities.
Despite being a new program -- with our first class that started in 2017 -- we have been driven by a desire to connect our residents with advocacy opportunities in the local counties. They have volunteered and been invited to many community events that highlight the disparities of the Valley and interact with leaders that are making a difference.
Furthermore, in just two years, our residents have created amazing projects, educational curricula and scholarly work that have directly impacted our patients' communities as well as supported the local providers who tirelessly care for the patients and their families daily. These projects have spanned the spectrum, from a curriculum on adolescent suicide awareness and prevention, to a county-wide symposium for providers that taught sexual and reproductive health of adolescents, to mentoring of college students interested in health professions, to a teaching kitchen for obese children to learn to prepare nutritious meals, to a community health worker program training on nutrition, to an epidemiologic study on coccidiomycosis (“Valley Fever”) in children.