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Kern Medical Center's Medical Student Program FAQs

Our Hospital

What is Kern Medical Center?

Kern Medical Center is an academic teaching hospital, owned and operated by the County of Kern. We are affiliated with the UCLA, Ross University, and the American University of the Caribbean Schools of Medicine, giving an opportunity to assist our 80 full-time faculty physicians and take an active role in the teaching process. On November 15, 2001, Kern Medical Center was designated as a Level II Trauma Center.

How many accredited residency-training programs does Kern Medical Center have?

Kern Medical Center currently holds six fully accredited residency-training programs in the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, and Surgery.

How many residents does Kern Medical Center train?

Kern Medical Center currently has a total of 118 residents in-house that provide expertise and diversity in various clinical arenas.

How many beds does Kern Medical Center have?

Kern Medical Center is a 222-bed facility.

What type of patient population does Kern Medical Center treat?

As a teaching institution, Kern Medical Center treats a patient population with a wide variety of diagnoses including trauma, head injury, myocardial infarction, respiratory failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, drug overdose, septic shock, congestive heart failure, status-post cardiopulmonary arrest, diabetic ketoacidosis, cardiogenic shock, multi system organ failure and more!

Our Location

Where is Kern Medical Center located?

KMC is located in the sunny California in the city of Bakersfield. Bakersfield has a population of 330,000 and is one and one half hours north of Los Angeles. With an average of 273 sunny days per year and reasonable cost of living, Bakersfield is a wonderful place to live or visit.

What recreational activities does Bakersfield offer?

Bakersfield caters to its visitors with a wide variety of accommodations, restaurants and services. Bakersfield’s rich cultural diversity is evident in the area’s establishments: theaters (live and movie), museums, and nightlife as well as many food establishments.

Is housing provided to students that complete rotations at Kern Medical Center?

KMC does not provide housing to medical students, however, there is an affordable apartment complex conveniently located 5 minutes (driving distance) from KMC that offers safe, reasonable apartments (studios, 1 or 2 bedrooms). This particular complex allows students to pay on a month-to-month basis (no lease), and offers furnished apartments. Rates range from $575-$715/month. Rent includes free cable, water, gas, trash, covered parking, and access to a private pool and spa. Country Club Villas, Tel: (661) 872-7262.

Student Life

How do I apply for a core position

Please apply directly through your university’s clinical department.

How do I apply for electives?

You may print the application directly from this website. Simply complete and return with current copies of your USMLE Step I report and a copy of your university transcript. Please allow three weeks for processing.

What electives does Kern Medical Center offer?

A wide array of electives are offered from Anesthesia to Urology. Please, see our sheet of electives offered for specifics.

What Universities does Kern Medical Center have affiliations with?

Kern Medical Center currently holds affiliation agreements with the following universities:

  • University of California at Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • American University of the Caribbean

What if I am from a non-affiliated university?

Kern Medical Center welcomes medical students from any American medical school. These include a range of medical schools such as University of California Irvine (UCI) to Doctor of Osteopathic students from Western University of Health Sciences (WUHS). KMC also welcomes medical students from other foreign universities, however, if you are not from a US medical school or are not from one of Kern Medical Center’s affiliated universities, you will still be considered. To apply, please fill out an application and email it to You can also submit your application via fax to (661) 862-7527.

Are Fifth Pathway Students accepted?

Sorry, but we do not accept Fifth Pathway medical students. No exceptions will be made to this rule.

What is the hospital's dress code?

All medical students completing clerkship rotation of any type are required to dress professionally and wear a short white lab coat at all times when within the hospital. Scrubs are provided by the medical center while on Surgery and Ob/Gyn rotations. Occasionally, scrubs may be worn when students are post-call on other rotations.

What health documentation will be necessary for me to begin rotations?

It is very, very, important that all students that rotate through KMC provide documentation that they do not have active tuberculosis (a negative TB skin test within 3 months prior to beginning a rotation) and have immunity to Rubella and Hepatitis B, along with records of a physical examination within 12 months prior to beginning a rotation. If this paperwork is not provided, or is even so much as one day outdated, THE STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BEGIN/PERFORM THE CLERKSHIP.

What about required written examinations?

The Medical Student Program administrators provide and proctor end-of-rotation final examinations to students that are completing core clerkships at the conclusion of their rotation(s). Final examinations for elective rotations are available at the conclusion of some elective rotations; however, they are not required!

Do medical students get holidays off?

You will get County Holidays off provided that you are not on call within your respective rotation. The departments will have the final determination of this; however, most students are off for the holidays.