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Family Medicine Residency Program

The San Dimas Hospital and Desert Valley Hospital Family Medicine Residency is a newly accredited 6-6-6 program that offers full-spectrum training to ensure our graduates can pursue any path available within the family medicine array of care.

Although a newly accredited program we seek to provide the highest level of training and education for our residents.

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Thank you for your interest in the San Dimas / Desert Valley Family Medicine Residency Program! At San Dimas Community Hospital we are focused on providing a comprehensive and dynamic residency program. We are affiliated with the California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM). Our main location is in San Dimas in Los Angeles County, and our residents rotate at Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville. This exposure to a diverse patient population allows our residents to be cognizant of the health disparities that exist across different socioeconomic conditions.

We strive to offer a well-rounded educational experience that entails diverse clinical exposure and a commitment to compassionate patient care. Our program focuses on creating a nurturing and enriching environment for residents to develop the knowledge, skills, and resilience necessary to become exceptional family medicine physicians. As a new program, we are dedicated to recruiting individuals who are interested in helping us build a successful program. We are seeking applicants who are caring, passionate, innovative, and eager to learn.

We look forward to helping close the gap for primary care needs in our community and training exceptional physicians and future leaders. On behalf of the San Dimas/Desert Valley Residency Program, I thank you for your interest in our program.

Ameerah Shaban Shalikar, MD
Program Director

Awards and Accreditations

Program Information

Mission

The Prime West Consortium San Dimas Community Hospital Family Medicine Residency Programs aims to provide a high-quality, well-rounded educational experience for resident physicians to be competent hospitalists, primary care physicians and/or pursue a fellowship. The programs aim to address socio-economic disparities, increase access to healthcare and grow the number of physicians in San Dimas, CA and the surrounding communities. 

The aims are to instill the core value of service and commitment to the under-served medical communities. Through a humanistic working environment and curriculum, the program intends to inspire physicians to promote wellness and enact positive change in existing models of care through clinically sound, responsible, innovative, and compassionate care. 

Diversity Statement

San Dimas and the surrounding communities are extremely diverse. We aim to capture and reflect the diversity in our residency personnel. Eventually, we hope to establish a diverse recruiting pipeline and retain our residents as faculty. In regard to residency personnel, we hope to recruit from the local community and provide tools and opportunities for advancement within our organization. 

The program currently boasts diversity in its faculty and staff that is reflection of the community. The vision is to maintain our diversity by recruiting residents as mentioned in the prior section and eventually retaining them in our program. With time we hope to build a pipeline that continues to build the diversity in our program and serves the community by inspiring lower income high school students, mentoring underserved undergraduate students, fostering local medical students in primary care and then recruiting and retaining physicians in the community and program. 

Program Aims

  • To train well-rounded family medicine physicians providing evidence-based, cost-effective, and high-quality healthcare. 
  • To instill in family medicine physicians the importance of diversity and wellness for the mind and body. 
  • To recruit high-quality residents from diverse backgrounds that are committed to the region. 
  • To promote lifelong growth as a physician and within the healthcare system. 
  • To support faculty and residents in scholarly activity specifically designed to improve patient care, access, quality, and outcomes. 
  • To grow and sustain high-quality faculty through faculty development and mentoring 
  • To provide an educational curriculum that is innovative, responsive, and flexible to the learning goals of the residents and that will prepare them for the ABIM board exam. 

Values

Clinical 

  • To train residents through an evidence-based curriculum, to become well-rounded family medicine physicians providing evidence-based, cost-effective, and family-centered healthcare to an underserved community. 
  • Encourage screening process of certain diagnoses
  • To continuously improve clinical care through QI projects. 

Education 

  • To actively recruit a richly diverse team of residents. 
  • To engage residents through bedside learning, multi-disciplinary coordination and learning, didactics, procedure workshops, and opportunities to personalize their training and support their autonomy through electives, inter-professional roles, and committee memberships. 
  • To grow and sustain faculty through development and mentoring. 

Research 

  • To support faculty, residents, and medical students in community-based and clinical research specifically designed to improve patient care, quality, and outcomes. 
  • To guide and support residents throughout the research process from inquiry to presentation. 

Graduates 

  • To produce family medicine residency graduates with distinctive qualities and abilities that enable them to become community leaders, public servants, leaders in their medical fields in research and development, and ultimately instruments to invoke change and improvement in healthcare and society. 

 

Program Goals

The Prime West Consortium San Dimas Community Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program goals for our residents are to: Create an environment for scholarly activity and quality improvement with a focus on topics applicable to the community. Encourage life-long learning and improvement. Increase the number of primary care physicians in the greater Inglewood region. Address socio-economic barriers to healthcare in the community. Prepare residents for exam passage for the ABIM board exam or AOA equivalent. 

Benefits

2024/2025 Stipend

  • PGY-1 (year 1 Residents) $66,560.00 annual salary

  • PGY-2 (year 2 Residents) $68,224.00 annual salary

  • PGY-3 (year 3 Residents) $69,929.60 annual salary

Faculty Members

Ameerah Shaban Shalikar, MD

Ameerah Shaban Shalikar, MD

Program Director

Family Medicine

Sabah Ahmed, MD

Sabah Ahmed, MD

Family Medicine

Assistant Program Director

Jhujhar Singh, DO

Jhujhar Singh, DO

Inpatient FM/Geriatrics

Assistant Program Director

Josephine Corona, MD

Josephine Corona, MD

Family Medicine

Core Faculty

Brittany Wertz, DO

Brittany Wertz, DO

Family Medicine , Ambulatory & SNFs

Core Faculty

Hemalatha Murugan, MD

Hemalatha Murugan, MD

Family Medicine , Inpatient & Cont. Clinic

Core Faculty

Staff Members

Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia

Program Administrator

Itsel Contreras

Itsel Contreras

Program Administrator

Contact Us

San Dimas Community Hospital
1350 W Covina Blvd
San Dimas, CA 91773

For more information on the residency program,
email sdch-fmrp@primehealthcare.com

 

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Curriculum

Please note, the schedule below is the anticipated block schedule for next year. There are 13 blocks each year with a block consisting of 4 weeks. Residents will be provided with 16 days of PTO which can be used during outpatient rotations.

PGY-I

  • Orientation (.5 Block)
  • Ambulatory Clinic (1 Block)
  • Urgent Care (.5 Block)
  • Inpatient Medicine (5 Blocks With Open Icu Experience)
  • Night Float (1 Block)
  • Obstetrics/Newborn (1 Block)
  • Orthopedics/Sports Medicine (1 Block)
  • Pediatrics – Ambulatory (1 Block)
  • Gynecology – (1 Block)
  • Surgery (1 Block)

PGY-II

  • Pscyhiatry/Behavorial Health (1 Block)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 Block)
  • Cardiology (1 Block)
  • Nephrology (1 Block)
  • Ambulatory Clinic & Community Medicine (1 Block)
  • Medicine – Inpatient (2 Blocks With Open Icu Experience)
  • Night Float (1 Block)
  • Obstetrics/Newborn (1 Block)
  • Pediatrics – Ambulatory (1 Block)
  • Elective (2 Blocks)
  • Dermatology (1 Block)

PGY-III

  • Geriatrics (1 Block)
  • Ambulatory Clinic & Health Systems (2 Blocks)
  • Medicine – Inpatient (2 Blocks)
  • Night Float (1 Block)
  • Pediatrics – Inpatient (1 Block)
  • Elective (4 Blocks)
  • Urgent Care / Er (2 Blocks)