Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (NHCP) offers an outstanding environment for Family Medicine.  As the only residency in the facility, our interns and residents benefit from exclusive teaching opportunities.  We offer a robust exposure in primary and maternity care, procedural training, and Sports Medicine exposure, among other areas.   We provide the opportunity to get training in just about every procedure a family physician can do including: minor procedures, vasectomy, colposcopy and LEEP, colonoscopy and EGD, exercise treadmill testing, obstetrical ultrasound, vaginal delivery, and ceasarean section.

A little-known fact:  NHCP is the third busiest hospital, by volume, in all of Navy medicine.  As a community hospital, our residents are the primary physicians at all levels of in- and outpatient care, and rotate in every clinical department in the facility.  There are no other medical or surgical residents to compete with.

We thrive on the "see one, do one, teach one" model, where residents are expected to become teachers for their juniors (whether physicians, nurses, or corpsmen).  With over 150,000 eligible beneficiaries, our patient population is perfect for what we do.

We have up to 13 full-time Family Medicine faculty, all board-certified and readily available to assist.  Backgrounds are diverse, with representation from naval service world-wide, and civilians with a wealth of clinical acumen.  Numerous faculty have fellowship training and Certificates of Additional Qualification (CAQ) in Faculty Development, Geriatrics, and Sports Medicine.  We are also the host program for the Navy's only Sports Medicine Primary Care Fellowship.

In addition to NHCP, residents receive additional experience at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (NICU , ICU, Endocrinology), Children's Hospital (inpatient pediatrics), Tricity Hospital (inpatient adult medicine), and Palomar Hospital (Trauma Emergency Medicine).

For our rotating medical students, our aim is to give you as complete a view of what our program is all about as we can during your time aboard.  You will spend most of your time in our clinic, seeing patients with the residents and faculty.  You will also get the opportunity to work with our inpatient team, check out our Sports Medicine centers, and maybe even spend some time with local operational units.

Finally, what would southern California be without the great weather and plentiful activities?  Surfing,  running, cycling, sailing, camping, hiking are a few of the common diversions.  We are close to Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, and Catalina Island.  Also nearby are many professional sports teams (San Diego's Padres and Chargers; Los Angeles's Lakers, Clippers, and Dodgers; and the Anaheim Angels. 

Finally, we have a new hospital under construction, scheduled to open in 2014.

Is Camp Pendleton the right place for you?  For students, call us or e-mail to set up a rotation.  If you are a GMO, flight surgeon or dive officer looking for a residency starting in the PGY-2 year, we can arrange a tour and interview.  We'd love to hear from you and show off what we have the Navy's best residency program! 

Mark J. Flynn, MD, FAAFP
Program Director