University of California, Riverside

Graduate Medical Education



Message from the Program Director


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Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency in Palm Springs!

Our program, located in Palm Springs, California, accepted its first class of residents in July 2015.  We are affiliated with Desert Regional Medical Center, a 387-bed, level-2 trauma center and certified primary stroke center. In addition, we are partnered with numerous community organizations, including the Desert Healthcare District. With tremendous community support, we are able to provide an abundance of educational opportunities to equip residents with the skills to attain both their educational and professional goals.

We have outstanding faculty and a new state-of-the-art family medicine clinic designed to provide compassionate care in a supportive, patient-centered medical home setting.

As our health care system continues to evolve, there is no question that family medicine will remain pivotal in addressing not only the healthcare needs of the region but for our nation. Therefore, with the commencement of the residency, we hope to improve access and strengthen primary care in the Coachella Valley while providing personalized care of the highest quality to the community that is patient, family, and community-centered.

Palm Springs is ranked as one of the top 14 destinations in the world in Frommer’s 2014 rankings. The city offers a wealth of activities and events throughout the year, including outdoor adventure, arts, culture, and entertainment.

The UCR School of Medicine is proud to be the sixth medical school in the University of California system and the first to open since the late 1960s. Enrolling its inaugural class in August 2013, the medical school is well on its way to addressing the critical shortage of physicians in Inland Southern California.

Thank you for your interest and we would be delighted to provide you with more information and answer any questions. For more information, please contact Nastassia Valenzuela, residency program coordinator, at (760) 561-7327 or nastassia.valenzuela@medsch.ucr.edu.

Gemma Kim, M.D.
Program Director, Family Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor, Family Medicine

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Graduate Medical Education
2608 School of Medicine Education Building

Tel: (951) 827-7669

E-mail: medschool@ucr.edu

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