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As Chief Academic Officer at Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH), I am proud to invite you to explore the unique and exciting training opportunities we offer. Our programs, based in a community hospital setting and built on a philosophy of providing excellent care, grew out of a desire to teach. As physicians, we take a Hippocratic Oath. Among its covenants, designed to ensure high quality and ethical medical practice, is a commitment to teach. Many of us have had a career-long desire to teach and participate in training the next generation of physicians. This desire, combined with the recognition that we have an incredibly well-trained medical staff, led us to establish Graduate Medical Education at Community Memorial.

Our reputation for high quality care is well-known in the medical community. In July 2013, we established AOA-certified residency programs, beginning with Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Orthopedic Surgery. We expanded to include General Surgery in 2014 and Psychiatry in 2020. Today, all five of our residency programs are ACGME accredited. In addition, we offer an integrated Behavioral Health Psychology fellowship program and a Quality Improvement and Patient Safety fellowship program.

The goal of our programs is to train outstanding physicians who work in a collaborative environment and give back to their communities.. We have a solid core faculty that has taken the pledge to train others to heart. Through their cohesive efforts, we have developed a program of structured didactics and one-on-one clinical teaching to create a high-quality learning environment for our residents and students. Within our curriculum, we emphasize strong communication skills and professional behavior to train well-rounded physicians.

We are looking for physicians interested in a distinctive opportunity to train to become leaders in providing excellent care within their communities. We look forward to hearing from you.

Samuel Small

Samuel Small, DO

Chief Academic Officer & ACGME Designated Institutional Officer

About Community Memorial Healthcare

Community Memorial Healthcare is the oldest, not-for-profit, hospital-based health system in Ventura County, California. Our history began more than a century ago with roots that reach deep into our community. Through the benevolence of Cephas L. Bard, a gifted country doctor, and his brother, Thomas R. Bard, a United States Senator, the county’s first 12‑bed hospital opened in 1902 and was named the Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital in honor of their beloved mother.

Today, that original hospital has been transformed. Our thriving health system includes two hospitals, a 75-bed skilled nursing facility, fifteen ambulatory health centers, four academic medicine health centers, and four urgent care centers. The city of Ventura is located 63 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. Our warm Mediterranean climate and wonderful quality of life are a few of the reasons many call Ventura home. Guiding us on our mission to heal, comfort, and promote health in the communities we serve is a diverse volunteer Board of Trustees that represents a cross section of community leaders.

We are committed to providing each of our residents and fellows a comprehensive training experience that allows them to attain their personal career objectives. The combination of a diverse patient population and an outstanding faculty and staff provides residents in our program with a rich and diverse educational experience.