Family Medicine Residency

Family Medicine Residency2023-12-05T06:02:15-08:00

Redwood Community Health Center is proud to host the Open Door Family Medicine Residency Program in partnership with St. Joseph Hospital Eureka.

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Karen S. Wilson
Program Assistant

St. Joseph Hospital – Eureka Family Medicine Residency
2350 Buhne Street Unit A | Eureka, CA 95501

Tel: (707) 445-8121 ext. 7470
Fax: (707) 269-7116

May Hong, MD
Family Medicine Residency Program Director

Open Door Community Health Centers
2426 Buhne Street Unit A | Eureka, CA 95501

Tel: (707) 443-4593
Fax: (707) 572-6102

About our Family Medicine Residency Program


The Family Medicine Residency welcomed its first class of six residents in July 2019. The program, which has been in development since 2016, is a partnership between Open Door Community Health Centers and St. Joseph Health, Humboldt. Additionally, the program partners with the St. Joseph Health Medical Group to provide education to residents in their fields. Since its inception, the program has received wide support throughout the entire local medical community.


Preparing doctors to provide high-quality, affordable health care in rural communities.


This Family Medicine Residency trains residents to treat individuals in a way that recognizes their needs as a whole person. We accomplish this mission by teaching residents how to address the unique challenges that rural, underserved communities face. We aim to nurture the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of those we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. Residents learn to be resourceful, autonomous physicians and leaders in family medicine. Our residency program is built upon the belief that all health care starts with family medicine.


  • Produce fully competent physicians capable of providing high-quality care to their patients.
  • Prepare residents with full-spectrum training and the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be competitive candidates for family physician positions in Humboldt County and other rural communities.
  • Provide an environment in which residents may pursue special interests in underserved practice, rural practice, or research and academic endeavors.
  • Promote practice sites that give residents experience in caring for a diverse patient population with a broad mix of health problems and demographics, including care for the underserved.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our program cannot accept applications submitted via mail or email.

The following items are required to complete our ERAS application:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Official medical school transcripts
  • Medical school performance evaluations (MSPEs)
  • Supporting documents:
    • Personal statement
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • USMLE/COMLEX Step 1 results
    • USMLE/COMLEX Step 2 results
    • Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL)
    • Valid Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate if applicable
  • Graduated from a medical school recognized by the Medical Board of California within the last 5 years
  • Meets eligibility criteria for a medical license in the state of California (excluding the training you will receive in residency)
  • Passing USMLE / COMLEX step 1 and step 2 scores

Program Details


First and foremost, residents are Primary Care Physicians for their small panel of patients from Day 1. We give each resident a panel, pre-selected to be balanced for gender, age, and medical diagnosis diversity. In scheduling rotations, we place a priority on keeping each resident in their continuity clinic enough that they are able to provide excellent primary care for those patients with the support of the clinic faculty.

We also practice team-based care, continuously striving towards top-of-license work. Our patients have a medical home supported by a behavioral health specialist, medical assistants, nurses, and administrative staff so that the residents can focus their mental energy on patient care and learning.

Please visit the St. Joseph’s Hospital of Eureka Hospital website to learn more about the residency program:

Program 2022-25 Cohort

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