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The Family Medicine Residency Program offers a track that emphasizes integrative medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of primary care patients.

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The PRIME-LC track offers Family Medicine Residents an opportunity to develop their leadership skills while providing culturally and linguistically proficient care to their Latino patients

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Residency Program

Mission Statement:

The Department of Family Medicine Residency Program strives to train excellent clinicians who provide the best patient-centered compassionate medical care to our most vulnerable and under-served communities.

We integrate technology and innovation in a unique community-academic hybrid educational setting that allows us to combine intensive clinical training while promoting community engagement, patient advocacy and the practice of socially responsible and culturally appropriate care.

Click here to read our Family Medicine Residency Program Brochure!

Welcome to Residency class of 2022:

We are excited to welcome our new class of residents 

Program Director's Welcome: 

Thank you for visiting our Family Medicine Residency home page. Here at UCI, we are privileged to care for some of the most diverse communities in the nation, including some of the most disadvantaged patients in Orange County. It is in service of these ethnically diverse underserved communities that we seek competent and compassionate residency candidates who will learn to deliver patient-centered, culturally appropriate care within the context of each individual’s background and environment.  We believe in health as a fundamental human right, and we foster advocacy with the aim of health equity and social justice.

We offer a balance between academics and community medicine. Our residents’ clinical home is within a federally qualified health center (FQHC) located in Santa Ana.  Residents also participate in the rigorous learning environments of the UCI Medical Center as well as the Orange County Global Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach.

Our strength is our people!  Our faculty have diverse interests and talents in areas such as integrative health, inpatient medicine, reproductive health, maternity care, sports medicine, underserved medicine, global health and medical humanities. We are specialists in comprehensive holistic care, and we love teaching and sharing our knowledge and skills with our residents.

We prepare all of our residents to become well-rounded excellent family physicians to care for patients across the lifespan.  We also provide innovative programs to enable our residents to develop specialized skills such as the following:

  • Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) Track, dedicated to training physicians to serve the Latino community. It is the first program of its kind in the country.
  • Integrative Medicine for the Underserved Track, a specialized curriculum for residents that allows the provision of alternative/integrative medicine for the patients of the Family Health Centers.
  • Sports Medicine, with a NCAA Division I program and focus on ultrasound-guided procedures.
  • Trans Clinic, primary care and hormonal therapy for transgender individuals in collaboration with our Family Nurse Practitioner Faculty and obstetrics/gynecology residents.
  • Group Medical Visits, for diabetes, weight management, Down syndrome, and acupuncture.
  • Geriatrics Fellowship, a one-year comprehensive, advanced training program designed to prepare physicians to care for older adults.
  • School Outreach Program, allowing our residents to provide clinical care, health education and mentoring in local K-12 schools.
  • UCI Outreach Clinics, a student-run free clinic and community medicine rotation.

We help our residents to achieve their full potential, not only as clinicians, but also as physician leaders who will advocate for some of the most disadvantaged patients of all ages and backgrounds.  We believe in an interdisciplinary team approach to tackling complex health challenges.  We have a dietitian, a psychiatrist and social worker and their team of behavioral health professionals, a population health team who follows up on patients with chronic diseases, as well as multiple specialty clinics such as nephrology, dermatology, sports, contraception, minor surgery, counseling, and mental health.

At the same time, we want to foster a safe learning environment that promotes self-care and well being so that you are able to draw upon your own strengths to thrive and handle the challenges that you face during residency and beyond.  Our priority is to ensure that you feel supported in your endeavor to become the excellent family physicians that you aspire to and envision. 

To learn more about our faculty and current residents, please email Linh Nguyen at

We hope to see you here!

Emily Dow, MD

Professor and Residency Program Director