Latest group of physician residents -- world travelers -- joins Sutter program

SANTA ROSA - Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa has welcomed 12 new residents to its residency program.

The class of 2016 is comprised of top medical school graduates and were selected from a group of 713 applicants. The three-year program in collaboration with UCSF and one of 450 family medicine training programs in the United States has trained hundreds of family physicians since its inception in 1938.

Sutter’s  residency graduates comprise nearly half of family physicians in Sonoma County. They fill private practices, community clinics and large medical groups such as Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods, The Permanente Medical Group, local community health centers, Sonoma County Health Services and leadership positions throughout the medical community.

“Health care is changing in this country and the old models of family medicine, where a physician sits in the office and waits for patients to come to them, are outdated. In our recruiting, we have positioned ourselves as one of the innovators in the world of family medicine education,” said Jeff Haney, the residency program director.  

The new residents are:

[caption id="attachment_96734" align="alignleft" width="139"] Alisa Awtry[/caption]

Alisa Awtry, M.D., University of California, San Diego School of Medicine; Dr. Awtry grew up in Ventura the home-schooled daughter of two chiropractors. While teaching the deaf in rural Mexico, she discovered her passion for medicine and returned to the United States and went to the University of California, San Diego. She managed the student-run free clinics and addressed access-to-care issues in the deaf community.

[caption id="attachment_96735" align="alignright" width="173"] Nathalie Boittin[/caption]

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