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Date:5/5/2009

dications and psychological referrals. He often formed strong bonds with these patients and became convinced that family medicine was his calling, Casillas said.

After working as a medical assistant in San Diego for six months, Casillas joined the IMG program in January 2007 and now will begin his residency in family medicine this June at the University of California, San Diego.

"There's no other place where I could have received this preparation," Casillas said. "The IMG program closes the gap for medical care in underserved areas, and it's a way for us to pay back for our medical education."

About University of California, Los Angeles

The UCLA Department of Family Medicine provides comprehensive primary care to entire families from newborns to seniors. It provides low risk obstetrical services and prenatal and inpatient care at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital, and outpatient care at the Les Kelley Family Health Center in Santa Monica and the Mid-Valley Family Health Center, which is located in a Los Angeles County Health Center in Van Nuys, Calif. The department is also a leader in family medicine education, for both medical students and residents, and houses a significant research unit focusing on geriatric issues and health care disparities among immigrant families and minority communities in Los Angeles and California.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is shaping the future of health care. We are America's leading health care provider and not-for-profit health plan. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.6 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and gu
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