Written by The Business Journal Staff
In an effort to expose medical students to more rural and underserved patient populations and attract more doctors to the area, Kaweah Delta’s medical education programs are now affiliated with the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
Through the affiliation, Kaweah Delta becomes one of a handful of sites where USC medical students can choose to complete a four-week rotation as part of their required curriculum. The agreement allows for up to six USC medical students — two in obstetrics and gynecology, two in family medicine and two in psychiatry — to rotate at Kaweah Delta at any given time.
Additional specialties are expected to be added over time. As part of the affiliation, physician faculty members of Kaweah Delta’s residency programs will receive clinical faculty appointments at USC.
“Our hope is that they will see what we have to offer at Kaweah Delta and fall in love,” said Dr. Lori Winston, Kaweah Delta’s president of medical education. “Bringing these medical students here is a chance to expose them to patients they wouldn’t normally see in Downtown L.A. We hope they will ultimately apply for a residency program here and then stay to practice medicine in the Valley.”
Kaweah Delta Health Care District remains an independent and publicly owned organization.