Family Medicine Residency Program - Downey | Whittier, CA | PIH Health

Family Medicine Residency Program - Downey

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The residency program at PIH Health Downey Hospital was established in 1993 as part of Rio Hondo Hospital and then moved to Downey Community Hospital, which later became Downey Regional Medical Center. In 2013, PIH Health acquired Downey Regional Medical Center and renamed it PIH Health Downey Hospital. Our program is an AOA/ACGME accredited Family Medicine Residency with a strong emphasis on teaching, working closely with WesternU COMP and OPTI-West.

PIH Health Downey Hospital is a non-profit, community hospital serving Downey and its surrounding cities with 199 beds. The emergency room is very busy with approximately 56,000 patients per year. Our hospital services include:

  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiac Critical Care Unit
  • Telemetry
  • Inpatient and outpatient operating rooms
  • Medical-Surgical
  • Cardiac Cath Lab
  • GI Lab
  • Radiology Department
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Lab
  • Emergency Department

In January 2019, PIH Health Downey Hospital was certified by AHA/ASA and the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

What Makes Our Program Unique

Learn more about our program:

Take a tour of the Whittier campus and Labor & Delivery

Resident Life

PIH Health Downey Family Medicine Residency promotes a work life balance. Our residents are given education, professional and personal support needed to stay healthy physically, mentally and spiritually.

We pride ourselves on welcoming well-rounded residents who are compassionate, thoughtful, innovative, community-minded and interested in training to be competent in the full spectrum of family medicine.

Where We Live

Residents live in a variety of communities around the Los Angeles area including Long Beach, Downey, Paramount, Placentia, Inglewood, Echo Park, Diamond Bar, Anaheim Hills, Irvine.

What We Do Outside of Work

We are a very social bunch and do our best to gather outside work despite our busy schedules. Residents enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and surfing, as well as attending museums, art showings, and the rest of the plethora of cultural activities Los Angeles has to offer.

Families and Significant Others

We are a very family-friendly residency and have multiple residents with small children. We make every effort to provide support for residents with families including scheduling flexibility, maternal/paternal leave and time for pumping for nursing mothers.

Residency Retreat

A yearly weekend retreat for a wellness bonding experience with a focus on team-building and hands-on educational workshops.

Where we end up

Some of our residents have gone on to Out-Patient Medicine, In-Patient Medicine, Fellowships, or started their own practices.

PIH Health Hospitals

PIH Health Outpatient Clinics

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Health Informatics Fellowship

Healthcare Partners (now OPTUM) – Outpatient

Geriatric Fellowship

OB Fellowship

Kaiser Permanente Medical Group – Outpatient Clinic

Private Practice

Sports Medicine Fellowship

Urgent Care Centers

How to apply

Thank you for considering the PIH Health Downey Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. All applications to our program must be submitted through the ERAS® system (written applications will not be accepted). If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified by electronic message via ERAS®.

Requirements for All Applicants:

  • MyERAS Common Application
  • Three letters of recommendation from completed clerkship rotations, one of which must come from a family medicine physician. At least two of the letters should be from physicians practicing in the U.S., and at least one must come from the faculty of an ACGME-accredited program. The information contained in the letters should include an overview of your maturity, personality, clinical competence, responsibility and commitment to family medicine.
  • MSPE (Dean's Letter)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USLME or COMLEX Transcripts
  • Personal Statement (which should include your reasons for choosing family medicine, as well as your personal and professional goals)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Photograph

ACGME and AOA accredited

Contact Us

Graduate Medical Education Residency Coordinator

Claudia Sahagun