Riverside Community Hospital accepted 25 residents as the inaugural cohort for its new Riverside Community Hospital/University of California (UC) Riverside School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program. The residents’ names were announced during the annual Match Day event, when graduating medical students learn where they will be spending the next several years as resident physicians.

The internal medicine program is the first residency at Riverside Community Hospital, although the hospital and the UC Riverside School of Medicine are working to develop additional residency training programs to help reduce the country’s physician shortage – and anticipate starting residencies in OB/Gyn, emergency medicine, family medicine and general surgery within the next 24 months. The hospital says its surrounding area has seen patient ratios as low as 120 doctors per 100,000 patients as compared to California statewide where the ratio is 194 per 100,000 patients – and that the physician shortage in Riverside is expected to worsen as physicians retire faster than new physicians can replace them.