Culture / Who We Are

The Natividad Family is one that is inclusive, diverse, and full of passion for full-scope family medicine and service to the underserved in our community and beyond. The residency offers several opportunities for residents to integrate themselves into the local community and to pursue their own individual interests in the form of community medicine projects, research projects, and leadership opportunities.

Natividad is committed to supporting our residents as they pursue a challenging yet rewarding period of their lives. Resident wellness is a cornerstone of our program. Our residency wellness committee, composed of residents and faculty, meets monthly to monitor resident wellness and suggest strategies and activities to optimize support for residents. Our buddy system pairs each incoming intern with a second-year and third-year resident, facilitating an inclusive support system for all residents. Our intern wellness curriculum includes sessions with trained faculty addressing themes such as mindfulness, gratitude, and burnout. When on an inpatient medicine service, bedside rounding promotes patient-centered care, team-based learning, improved patient advocacy and safety, and builds strong relationships with the nursing staff. We have day-long retreats off campus twice a year for in depth community-building.

We also have about a dozen third year medical students from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine who spend their entire MS3 year doing their core rotations at Natividad, so they become an important part of our learning community / work family as well!

We’re a friendly group, and love spending time together. We have varied hobbies and interests, including exploring nature, hiking, visiting the beach, game nights, Taco Tuesday, and many more. Be sure to ask the residents and faculty about their favorite things to do in beautiful Monterey County!