Family Medicine – Temecula

Rotation Sites

Rotations for the Family Medicine Residency Program will take place at five primary sites:


Residents will provide longitudinal outpatient primary care for their patients over the course of their training at the continuity clinic sites, Rancho Family Medical Group Temecula – Makena and Neighborhood Temecula Parkway, both located less than one mile from Temecula Valley Hospital. Residents are assigned the majority of their continuity clinic at one of the two sites in order for them to build their own patient panels and provide longitudinal continued care.

Time in the continuity clinic graduates from a half day per week during PGY-1 year to three to four half days per week PGY-3 year. During PGY-2 year, there is a month rotation dedicated to continuity clinic. During PGY-3 year, there are three months dedicated to continuity clinic.

Residents are provided dedicated time during their continuity clinic to develop and master the skills of practicing population health and improve the delivery of care and health outcomes of their patient panel and local community. Office-based procedures are incorporated into continuity clinic. We also have dedicated procedure clinic days to further enhance your procedural skills and competency.

Other outpatient rotation experiences include Community Medicine, Palliative Care, Cardiology, Pediatrics, Geriatric Medicine, Orthopedics, Rheumatology, Sports Medicine, Women’s Health, Dermatology, Addiction Medicine, Pain Management, Otolaryngology, Urology, Ophthalmology and other medical and surgical subspecialties.


Residents do their Inpatient Adult Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, and Emergency Medicine rotations at Temecula Valley Hospital (TVH). TVH, built in 2013, offers a comprehensive range of services similar to hospitals in large metropolitan areas. The hospital offers major specialty services including Interventional Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Neuro-interventional services. TVH garners national recognition for patient safety and quality.

Obstetrics, Inpatient Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Newborn Nursery and NICU rotations will be done at Rancho Springs Hospital (RSH), located less than 10 miles from TVH. RSH offers the largest maternity program in southern Riverside County and provides the only dedicated obstetric emergency department in the area. RSH also features a pediatric emergency department staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians from Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, as well as a NICU staffed by neonatologists from Rady Children’s.

The General Surgery rotation is completed at Inland Valley Hospital (IVH), located 15 miles from TVH. IVH is the only Level II Trauma Center in Southern Riverside County. It has been designated a Center of Excellence in Orthopedic and Bariatric Surgery, and has received Advanced Certification from the Joint Commission as a Total Joint Center.


The goals of the Family Medicine Residency didactic program are to:

  1. Educate residents in the broad spectrum of the specialty with an emphasis on delivering continuous comprehensive care to a diverse patient population
  2. Develop the humanistic and culturally sensitive characteristics necessary for effective doctor-patient relationships fundamental to the specialty
  3. Foster a love for learning and desire for continuous improvement among residents through a supportive, but challenging, curriculum

Didactic sessions are scheduled for a half day per week and resident attendance is mandatory. The curriculum has been developed with guidance from nationally recognized family medicine organizations such as the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).


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  • Paid Time Off (PTO): Residents are allowed 20 days per academic year during outpatient rotations and are allowed five days per block. See Salary & Benefits for more information.
  • Electives include Psychiatry, Medicine Subspecialties (e.g. Nephrology, Gastroenterology), Pediatric Subspecialties, Neurology, Population Health, Integrative Medicine, Aesthetics, Pediatric Development and Behavioral Medicine, POCUS/Clinical US, Sleep Medicine, Obesity Medicine, Urgent Care, Research/Scholarly Activity, and all scheduled rotations or continuity clinic. We will work with you to develop electives to support your professional goals.
  • The program incorporates research as a continuous element in the Family Medicine Curriculum.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Our program seeks to advance our residents’ knowledge of basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients and applied to patient care. Residents will develop their research abilities through various activities including Journal Club, Population Health didactics, and Clinical Case Conference didactic sessions.

Residents are assigned faculty mentors to advise and guide them with their research and scholarly activities. Because of its importance, residents are allotted time during non-call rotations for scholarly activity as well as the ability to request elective time for scholarly pursuits.

All residents participate in scholarly activity and are required to complete at least two scholarly activity projects over the course of their training, one of which must be a quality improvement project. Residents are encouraged to work in resident teams with faculty on their scholarly projects. Residents are exposed to various research and improvement opportunities through their involvement in population health, patient safety and performance improvement committees at the hospital and clinic. Didactics to support research are provided by the GME Research Director who also serves as a critical resource to residents for guidance on projects.

Residents present their scholarly activity projects during didactic sessions and are encouraged to submit their projects for presentation and/or publication at professional local, regional or national meetings or in peer-reviewed journals. The institution holds an Annual Research Symposium that the residents utilize to present their projects.