World-class medical talent comes to Newton Creek
Hailing from around the world and selected from a pool of nearly 200 applicants, a team of eight top-tier physicians in training began their residencies in Roseburg in July.
This is the start of a three-year cycle through the Roseburg Family Medicine Residency Program that will bring two dozen medical school graduates into local practices, including the Umpqua Health Newton Creek Clinic.
The newly minted doctors will rotate through four Roseburg clinics, training alongside local staff and providing patient care as they work to become board-certified family physicians.
Along with bringing talented physicians into Douglas County, the program is intended to develop connections within the community that entice them to stay beyond their residency. Because most residency programs are in large cities, recruiting doctors to rural areas can be a challenge.
Umpqua Health Alliance was a major contributor to the program, dedicating $400,000 to ensure its successful launch and sustainability.
Meet the first resident
Dr. Simran Waller grew up in the San Francisco Bay area with a role model in India. Her grandfather was a surgeon there and provided basic health care to underserved populations in rural areas, inspiring her own path to medicine.
Upon coming to Douglas County, Dr. Waller said she believes prevention and health promotion are essential in caring for patients of all backgrounds and ages.
Dr. Waller earned both a medical degree and a Master of Public Health at St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada and is certified in lifestyle medicine from Doane University. She enjoys are projects with her daughter as well as water sports, photography and dance, and is excited to explore the Umpqua Valley.