Director’s Message

Thank you so much for taking the time to explore our website. We are honored that you are considering us as a potential place where you will pursue your family medicine training.

Adventist Health Ukiah Valley is a rural hospital which is the primary referral center for both Lake and Mendocino Counties. As a result of this location, incoming residents will be exposed to a wide range of pathology, oftentimes quite advanced due to the remote locations of most of our patients, with minimal to no specialist input. This is what being a family medicine resident is all about. Residents want their knowledge and skills to be stretched while still under the guidance of knowledgeable and supportive faculty. This is the time to learn as much as you can, and Adventist Health Ukiah Valley is the ideal place to do it. Residents from day one will instantly become an integral part of our community. Here in Ukiah and the surrounding areas, we are severely lacking in primary care physicians. This means that residents will be provided ample learning opportunities while also playing a major role in providing care for our rural, underserved community. Residents will also have the opportunity to work in numerous different clinic types including a Rural Health Clinic (RHC), Consolidated Tribal Health Clinic and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

Our mission is to train family physicians who are well equipped to practice rurally in any setting. For this reason, we also have a heavy focus on global health training. Here at Adventist Health, we strongly believe that the skills necessary to practice in our rural setting are highly correlated with the skills necessary to serve populations in rural locations abroad. A few examples of how we will be incorporating global health training into our curriculum include our dedication to hiring faculty with global health experiences/interests, opportunities for global health electives and dedicated lectures on global health topics. We have also developed our longitudinal point-of-care ultrasound curriculum as a way to give our graduates the necessary skills to make timely diagnoses no matter where they find themselves: rural clinic, ED, disaster response team, etc. There are many different ways to practice medicine. At Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, you will learn how to be a hands-on family physician where physical exam skills and procedural skills are emphasized.

Our promise to our residents is that we will continually strive to improve ourselves and our program. We readily accept feedback from our residents so that we can constantly be evolving and developing innovative curriculum to meet our residents’ needs, as well as the needs of our community. We are extremely excited about what the future holds for us here at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Family Medicine Residency and we are hopeful that you will give us the chance to show you some of the incredible things that are happening in our area.


Chris Deuel, MD

Adventist Health Ukiah Valley
Family Medicine Residency Program Director