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Orange County, CA

The UCI Family Medicine Residency Program is based in Orange County, one of the nation’s most attractive regions. Directly south of Los Angeles, Orange County is a land of intense natural beauty and spectacular scenic contrast, from the colorful marine and beach life along the coastline of its western border to the snow-capped mountains two hours inland. The location, combined with its mild climate, make Orange County an ideal home for those who love the outdoors.  

Orange County also offers a vibrant economy and excellent schools. Cultural opportunities abound, both within the county and in Los Angeles and San Diego, both one-to-two hours away. There is a large entertainment/dining/shopping complex across the street from UCI Medical Center. 

The UCI Family Health Center (FHC) Santa Ana is located in downtown Santa Ana, which is a central point in Orange County. The FHC’s central location, along with the fact that the UCI Medical Center and Orange County Global Medical Center are just a few miles away, allows UCI residents to live in a wide variety of communities across Orange County. Santa Ana itself is a culturally diverse city of more than 300,000 people. It is also a young community, with a mean age of 26 years old.

Local Attractions/Entertainment:

Newport Beach, CA

Being in Orange County, also means being close to the beach. Newport Beach is known for it's 2 piers and the Balboa Fun Zone, an old-school amusement park with a Ferris wheel and ocean views.  

Residents at Beach

Santa Ana 4th Street Market

4th street Market is about a 7 minute walk from the Family Health Center. It is a great place for lunch and for adventurous foodies. 


Anaheim Packing District

"The Packing District offers a foodie paradise for culinary enthusiasts of all ages. Within walking distance, just a few blocks northwest of the Packing House, lies a mom 'n pop retail and culinary experience, Center Street Anaheim. " - Anaheim Packing District

Anaheim Packing Resident

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Joshua Tree National Park

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Orange County is also the home to Disneyland. Many residents enjoy the perks of being an annual pass holder. However, Downtown Disney is also an option, where you can have fun without worrying about ticket prices. 


Top of the World Hiking Trail

Orange county is also home to hiking trails with amazing views. One of them being the Top of the World Hiking Trail in Laguna Beach. 


Old Towne Orange

Close to the UCI Medical Center is Old Towne Orange, where there are specialty shops, art galleries, and restaurants. It's old towne charm makes it an ideal place for television and film production. 

The Outlets at Orange

Walking distance from the UCI Medical Center, are the Outlets of Orange. This outdoor mall is a great place for restaurants, shopping, and enjoying a movie.