Board of Supervisors mulls fate of family practice residency program

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Board of Supervisors discussed how to keep a residency program at Kern Medical Center.

A residency program, critical to attracting young primary-care doctors to continue to practice in Kern County, could survive at a new location.

Under the deal proposed by Clinica Sierra Vista CEO Steve Shilling, his non-profit would take over the family practice residency program.

Clinica would train six new physicians, helping the KMC save money.

Supervisors tabled a decision on whether to approve the deal Tuesday.

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