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Kaweah Health to hold match madness Facebook live to announce next class of resident physicians

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  • Written By: Laura Florez-McCusker

VISALIA – While many know what March madness is, not all know about “match madness.” It’s a time when medical school graduates from around the world learn which residency program they will train in for the next three to seven years.

At 1 p.m. on Friday, March 20, also known as Match Day, Kaweah Health will announce its next class of residents, who in late June, will begin their residency programs at Kaweah Health. Thousands of candidates interviewed for just 47 spots in Kaweah Health's six residency programs. On this day, the National Residency Matching program notifies medical students of their match.

“It’s always an exciting day and a rite of passage for physicians. It’s something that should really be celebrated. For us it’s another chance to celebrate the work we are doing to bring more physicians to our area so that we can improve access to physicians in the Central Valley,” said Dr. Lori Winston, Kaweah Health's Vice President of Medical Education. “We want these physicians to know we are a community that welcomes them with open arms. We hope they will fall in love with the area and decide to practice medicine here.”

Kaweah Health has accredited residency programs in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and transitional year. Each year, thousands of candidates apply for just 47 annual intern positions in Kaweah Health's six residency programs. Kaweah Health currently has a total of 120 residents in various stages of training.

Resident physicians will begin orientation at the end of June, before starting their rotations Kaweah Health . When they are not caring for patients, resident physicians will train inside Kaweah Health’s Margaret Foley Graduate Medical Education Center. The center houses offices, classrooms, conference rooms and opens up into a newly expanded Lynn Havard Mirviss Education Center where resident physicians can be observed training on SimMan®, a portable and advanced patient simulator that challenges and tests clinical and decision-making skills during realistic patient care scenarios.

Kaweah Health is a publicly-owned community healthcare organization that provides comprehensive health services to the greater Visalia region and Tulare County. With over 5,000 dedicated medical professionals and employees, Kaweah Health is committed to meeting the community’s health needs through state-of-the-art medicine, high-quality preventive services and specialized health centers and clinics. For more information, visit