A Clinical Trial to Lure Doctors Where They’re Needed
A City Heights clinic is starting a residency program to help lure new doctors away from hospitals and specialty care.
Photo by Brian Myers
Dr. Chris Gordon went to medical school with the intention of going into primary care, but a national shortage of primary care physicians shows he's in the minority. Gordon is working to draw more new doctors into the clinic setting by starting a residency program at the City Heights Family Health Center.
Finding a place in the Chase Avenue Clinic in El Cajon to conduct interviews was a little tricky.
Doctors share offices the size of walk-in closets. The conference room doubles as a break room. The hallways are too narrow for a traditional camera tripod. And the waiting rooms are so small the clinic added a playground in the courtyard to shift some of the crowd outside.
I settled on a busy nurse’s station for my interviews, conducted piecemeal between loudspeaker announcements, phone calls and relentless appointments.
The Family Health Center of San Diego facility is clean and efficient, if not a bit scrappy. Government and Public Relations Director Jennette Shay prefers a different word.