Valley Family Medicine Residency Program

Contact Information

Valley Family Medicine Residency Program
1441 Florida Ave
Modesto, CA, 95351

Description of Program 

We encourage residents to take international electives away. We have established a close connection to a Hospital/Clinic in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. This experience can be combined with language training. In addition, we have elective opportunities in Mexico, Cambodia, Kenya, Scotland and India. Residents may take up to two months away during their third year of residency.

Location(s) of program: Guatemala, Mexico, Cambodia, Kenya, Scotland and India.

Description of field experience: Clinical activities vary by location, but generally clinic and in-patient settings require a second-year resident medical experience to maximize your contribution and derive the most value from the rotation.

Description of didactics: Morning report and bedside rounds comprise the majority of the didactics.

Cost to individual resident: Travel and accommodations supported by the residency through an individual educational fund for each resident. In addition, we have a competitive $500 scholarship from our health services foundation. Expenses beyond stipend is covered by the resident.

Number of residents who have participated in the last two years: 8

Description of faculty involvement: Faculty are American physicians who are doing medical relief work overseas. Residency faculty also participate at these sites periodically.

Does the program accept medical students for trips? No

Does the program accept residents from outside the program for trips? No

Approximate time of year/duration of trips: Depends on the site. Winter months are best for travel to tropical climates.

Who to contact if interested in applying:

Dr. Benjamin Colton