About Us

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The Rio Bravo Family Medicine Residency Program (“RBFMRP”), Sponsored by Clinica Sierra Vista, is a newly accredited residency program that was approved by the ACGME Family Medicine Residency Review Committee on October 16, 2013. RBFMRP recruited its first class of 6 PGY-1 residents to begin training on July 1, 2014. The Program has now reached its full complement of 18 residents (6 per training year).

The primary purpose of the program is to recruit, train and retain culturally-competent Family Medicine residents and physicians that are dedicated to serving the underserved in Bakersfield and Kern County while adding to the fund of knowledge on models of community based medical education through Teaching Health Centers.


Kern Medical 2016Kern Medical, located in Bakersfield, California is the Major Participating Institution for the RBFMRP and the sole location for inpatient training. The inpatient component of the Rio Bravo Family Medicine Residency Program will occur at Kern Medical (“KM”).

Mission, Goals & Objectives

Welcome to the Rio Bravo Family

RBFMRP is sponsored by Clinica Sierra Vista (CSV). The RBFMRP complies with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Common Program Requirements and the Special Requirements for Residency Training in Family Medicine.

Our mission: To Seek, Teach and Serve

With a deep commitment to serve the underserved RBFMRP strives to:
  • Educate and train high quality family medicine residents in multicultural, rural and underserved settings.
  • Support a family medicine-centered education service and research in Kern County.
  • Facilitate the development and sustenance of a regional service-education network for family physicians and allied
    health professionals.
  • Serve in a general capacity to facilitate, research and organize innovate approaches to health care in family and community medicine.

Goals of the Rio Bravo Family Medicine Residency Program

RBFMRP promotes and advocates for:
  • Excellence in medical education
  • Facilitate selection of practice sites in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
  • Provide ongoing support in practice through continuing medical education efforts, research activities and program educational activities.
  • Develop and implement the health team concept in the health care delivery system for this region.
  • Respect for resident’s well-being
  • Instruct residents in longitudinal care of their patients with an understanding of the impact of psychosocial factors on their health and well being.
  • Teach residents the principles of health maintenance, disease prevention, health education and community-oriented primary care, in addition to caring for a broad range of acute and chronic problems encompassing the fields of pediatrics, adult medicine
    and OB/GYN.
  • Highest quality patient care
  • Sustain learning environments that foster academic excellence, inspire the highest standards of professionalism, and ensue the delivery of safe, high-quality care to patients.
  • Serve in a general capacity to facilitate, research and organize innovate approaches to health care in family and community medicine.