Benefits Beyond Healthcare of Training Doctors Locally

On Wednesday April 4, KZYX Mendocino Works interviewed Dr Noemi "Mimi" Doohan, who as Director of Adventist Health's Family Medicine Residency Program is leading Mendocino County’s drive to establish a local residency program to train family practice doctors, and Mary Anne Landis, who heads Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County, a nonprofit that is raising funds for the doctor training program.

The program explored the program’s development to date, the many healthcare and socioeconomic benefits expected to flow from the training program, and the “Rural Health Rocks” fundraising drive that, for the third year running, will put singer songwriter Michael McDonald on stage with a constellation of local musicians on 14 and 15 April in Ukiah.

Research shows that resident doctors tend to stay and practice medicine within 50 miles of where they train. The Family Medicine Residency Training program is spurring hopes that doctors who train in Mendocino County will choose to have their careers here, fostering a new ecosystem of healthcare related investment and opportunities.

Torrey Douglass