Jong Kim, MD

Hello, dear reader! I was born in Seoul, South Korea but spent my childhood and adolescent years in Malaysia and Singapore before finally immigrating to Irvine, California in 2006. Connecting with people from different backgrounds was one of the most formative and enjoyable experiences that I had growing up, and I wanted to pursue an occupation which would allow me to interact with a diverse group of people and merge it with my interest in physiology and disease. As you can see, medicine was a natural career choice.

I went to UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) for undergrad where I was introduced to and became very interested in, public health and population health. After a gap year as an HIV outreach worker for Contra Costa County, I made the journey all the way to the east coast to attend Tufts University School of Medicine. There, I finished a joint MD/MPH degree while surviving Boston’s historic snowcalypse of 2015 and developed my love for family medicine and outpatient care thanks to the amazing family medicine faculty at the school. I also cultivated my interest in academic teaching by becoming an instructor for patient interviewing and problem-based learning courses for first-year medical students and chose to focus my final MPH project on improving patient safety and reducing medical errors for Baystate Medical Center.

I’m excited to be back in California and be a resident at VCMC where I can learn and practice full-spectrum family medicine in an unopposed and rigorous program among the company of so many bright and accomplished co-residents and faculty.

My interests outside of medicine include video game development especially within the new field of virtual reality and watching great movies, especially within the sci-fi genre. I also love to play golf and tennis during my spare time as well as to seek out great places to eat.