Sierra Nevada Family Medicine

Residency Program

A Rural Training Program


Actively empowering people to live healthy lives, the Sierra Nevada Family Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to training well rounded family physicians in underserved rural communities.
Create a family medicine training program of excellence that promotes the placement and retention of physician leaders in rural communities.

We are committed to quality driven, team-based training that compassionately puts the patient first regardless of income, race, or gender and harness the expertise that each member of our multi-disciplinary partnership. 



Grass Valley is the home of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, a rural community hospital serving Western Nevada County in the Sierra Foothills of California. The Grass Valley community, like much of rural America, has felt a growing shortage of primary care providers in recent years.

We recognized that the development of a local graduate medical education program would be an invaluable way to improve patient access.

A high quality local tribal FQHC, Chapa-De Indian Health Clinic, was identified as the perfect site for a resident continuity clinic. This partnership and a federal Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) grant received in 2019 created the program. We are excited to announce that we received our ACGME accreditation in October 2021.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be welcoming our inaugural class in 2023.

The rural training program is integrated with the Dignity Health Methodist Hospital of Sacramento Family Medicine Residency Program. Residents will complete their intern year at Methodist Hospital and Mercy Family Medical Clinic in Sacramento, CA. In their second and third years they will train in the historic town of Grass Valley, CA at Chapa-De Indian Health Clinic, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and local subspecialty outpatient offices. Our training partners are community champions of health equity and access allowing for a diversity of patient and clinical exposures during residency.

Our program is dedicated to teaching the next generation of rural physicians to serve their communities with emphasis on social responsibility to help improve health, wellness, and access to healthcare.

As dedicated teachers, learners, and patient advocates, we look forward to welcoming our new residents to our learning community and preparing them with the skills necessary to provide compassionate, evidence based, full spectrum family medicine.


Glenn Gookin, MD/PhD
Rural Training Program Director


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