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Ventura County Family Medicine is now a 4-year program



We are full spectrum Family Medicine. 
Our graduates are empowered to serve with continuity of care in all settings, valuing all peoples.

As one of the original Family Medicine training programs, we take seriously the idea that a well-trained family doctor is the centerpiece of a strong healthcare system, especially in resource-limited settings.  That's why we offer such a breadth of maternity, inpatient, and emergency training in addition to a strong continuity practice.

While our history has earned us respect as one of the country's top Family Medicine programs, we are evolving to keep up with a changing landscape.  We've started programs in Palliative Medicine and Addiction Medicine.  We've formed partnerships to launch a Community Medicine rotation.  We've embarked on a deep dive into assessing and improving our culture around equity and inclusion. 

We are committed to cultivating another generation of the finest Family Doctors.


The Ventura County Medical Center
Family Medicine Residency Program

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The Family Medicine Residency Program at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) is a premier site for full spectrum, unopposed Family Medicine residency training. VCMC is one of the original 15 programs approved in Family Practice and has been educating physicians since 1928. Graduates of the program are equipped with the skills to work anywhere, especially with the medically underserved.  The program is committed to equity and inclusion.

Ventura residents establish continuity primary care practices for a diverse patient population in the Academic Family Medicine Center while developing strong inpatient skills managing VCMC's medicine, surgery, OB, ICU, ER, and pediatrics services. They learn from weekly protected didactic time, enjoy each others' company during an annual all-resident retreat, and live in Ventura, California.

Whether you're a medical student interested in an externship, a college student looking for a summer experience in the medical field, or a member of the community wanting to learn more about the excellent training program here in Ventura, we're glad you took the time to visit.


We offer full spectrum training in a Family Medicine centric, supportive learning environment.  Intruiged?


We offer fourth-year family medicine externships, a summer scholars program to introduce college students to the medical profession, and the HOPE high school, community college and university summer explorers and apprentice programs.  Learn more about these opportunities and apply here.


For additional training after residency, we offer a variety of fellowships including Addiction Medicine, Faculty Development, High-Risk Obstetrics, Maternal-Child Health, and Global Health.

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2023 Top Family Medicine Residency Program

We're proud to have built a reputation that has been recognized among the top few nationwide since the rankings were first published in 2014, including several years at #1.  It's a testament to how strongly our alumni feel about their training and the positive impact they have on those who see and benefit from their work.

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