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Letter from the Program Director:

As Director of the Valley Family Medicine Residency of Modesto, I invite you to get to know us better. We are a 12-12-12  ACGME residency located in California's Central Valley. A community-based residency affiliated with UC Davis School of Medicine, our training program has roots dating back to the 1950's, when general practice training at the county hospital began. Subsequently, from 1975-2010, the Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency trained almost 300 highly qualified primary care physicians. In July 2010, our new residency, the consortium-based Valley Family Medicine Residency of Modesto was created and subsequently became the first residency in California to be recognized and funded as a Teaching Health Center.

Throughout our history, the local community has offered unyielding support for our training program, as our residents and graduates create the foundation of primary care for the underserved and economically-disadvantaged here in Modesto and surrounding areas. This ethnically and culturally diverse patient population provides outstanding experience for our residents seeking a full-spectrum family medicine training in rural and small town settings. Residents practice side-by-side with faculty at our Teaching Health Center, a Federally-qualified look-alike clinic owned by the Stanislaus Health Services Agency of Stanislaus County and located in the neighborhood of West Modesto. Residents also enjoy strong inpatient training at Doctors Medical Center, participating on inpatient adult and inpatient pediatric services and covering both low and high risk obstetrics (with most residents completing 40 deliveries and more if desired). We embrace diversity and inclusion and attract an energetic, dedicated group of residents whose interests vary. Our curriculum allows residents to feed their individual passions for inpatient care, group care, procedures, global health, maternity care, or sports medicine, with many residents choosing to pursue official Areas of Concentration within Family Medicine.

We provide opportunities to practice and focus on several tracks such as addiction medicine and lifestyle medicine.

I invite you to delve into our resident-designed website and explore further! We believe you will like what you see!


Dr. Saira Dar, MD, MBA, MEHP, ABAARM

Program Director

Vision, Mission and Values


Our vision is to transform health care to achieve optimal health for everyone in our community. 


Our mission is to improve the health of patients, families, and our communities by serving your needs by recruiting and training an excellent healthcare workforce and providing them with opportunities to foster lifelong professional and personal growth.


We take pride in

Integrity, Compassion, Inclusion, Equity and Diversity

Faculty Recruitment
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