Program Overview

Message from Our Interim Program Director

Welcome to the Central Valley of California, and to San Joaquin General Hospital, the Valley’s only General Surgery residency program and Trauma center! It is with great pleasure that I invite you to visit our facility, and apply to our General Surgery Residency Program. As one of the few community- based true general surgery programs left in the country, with no fellowships, and a patient population that spans all demographics of society but usually has a dearth of access to care, our residents learn quickly how and when to operate, and the value of a safety- net hospital in a resource-stressed community. Our educational program encompasses didactic, self-learning, technical skills development (including training and certifying on a DaVinci robot), scientific exploration and clinical research, and clinical components that make our residents thoroughly competent and comfortable to compete on any national stage for fellowships and, indeed, for general practice if they so choose.

I expect great things from our residents, and hold them to a high standard of excellence. I welcome applications from highly- motivated self- learners who seek to serve a community while learning to become a world-class surgeon.

Rashna F. Ginwalla

Interim Surgery Residency
Program Director