THOUSAND OAKS, March 19, 2021 — Los Robles Health System Graduate Medical Education (GME) announced its 2021 inaugural class of Internal Medicine Residents during the annual Match Day. More than 1,700 applicants applied for 20 internal medicine positions at the hospital. The talented group of 20 new residents will become the first GME class at Los Robles Health System. The new residents will begin July 1, 2021. 

The announcement was made during the annual event called “The Match”– when graduating medical students learn where they will be spending the next several years as residents. “This is a significant milestone in the development of medical education in the Conejo Valley. “Our team is thrilled to welcome our medical residents to our campus and community,” says Natalie Mussi, President and CEO of Los Robles Health System. “We have talented physicians and staff that have a lot to offer our new residents. We will provide them with a strong multidisciplinary perspective that will give them the foundation to thrive in their future specialty.”

The addition of a GME program at Los Robles ensures that our community has access to physicians even in an era of physician shortages. 1 in 3 physicians are older than 55 and expected to retire within the next 5-10 years. The sheer number of applicants demonstrates Los Robles Health System’s appeal to new physicians and their desire to practice medicine where they live. In fact, 70% of physicians settle down in the community in which they complete their training. This is great news for our community.

Internal medicine residents will be completing three years of training across multiple specialties and services. During this time the residents are trained in their specialty and get hands-on experience at the hospital. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (AGCME) evaluated and approved Los Robles’ program for accreditation in April of 2020.

“We are beyond thrilled to offer an exceptional training environment for our incoming Internal Medicine Residents,” says Dr. Jasprit Takher, program director of the internal medicine residency program. “The residency process is important and will give our future physicians the ability to practice internal medicine while utilizing a high standard of quality care in a clinical setting.”

“Los Robles has been recognized for the fifth time in a row as a Leapfrog “A” facility, demonstrating our commitment to high quality patient care,” says Dr. Gabriella Sherman, Chief Medical Officer of Los Robles Health System. “We’re also leading the way in clinical trials and offering patients the latest treatments in cardiology, orthopedics and more. Embarking on a graduate medical education program will continue to raise the bar in quality and advance all of the services we provide at Los Robles.” 

As the Los Robles Health System GME program grows, it will include emergency medicine, general surgery, neurology, and anesthesiology, in addition to other residencies and fellowships geared towards community need.

The 2021 Main Residency Match® was largest on record in the organization’s history with a record-high 40,084 applicants submitted program choices for 37,256 positions, as reported by the National Resident Matching Program®, which matches fourth-year medical students with hospital and universities to find the right “match” for their residency goals. This is also the first year in which all allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) applicants participated in one matching process.

ACGME is a private, non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits graduate medical education (GME) programs. Residency is the final phase of a long educational process, required for a physician to practice medicine, and is most influential in determining where a physician eventually practices.

We’re excited to welcome our new residents to Los Robles