Salutations! My name is Orin Hansen. I'm coming to Ventura from the small Southeastern Montana town of Ekalaka, a community of 350 people near where I was raised on my family's cattle ranch. I attended the WWAMI Medical Program through University of Washington in Seattle. My greatest professional priority is obtaining a job where I get paid to take care of my friends, and rural Family Medicine fits that bill really well. While at the University of Washington, I participated in the Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST), a longitudinal clinical curriculum in a rural/underserved community. My community was near the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations, and during my time there I was enlightened by a group of wonderful people, subsequently developing a passion for Native American Healthcare. I chose VCMC Family Medicine Residency because of their curriculum. I knew that if I wanted to provide equitable care to people who need it the most, I needed to train with the best. Here, I'm surrounded by Family Doctors. The Family Doc's in our hospital work in the highest levels of administration, in the ICU, ED, Medicine, and OB floors, as well as doing incredibly progressive work in the outpatient setting. I was, and continue to be convinced that when I finish this program, I'll have been given the very best opportunity in training that full-spectrum Family Medicine has to offer.
Curriculum aside, this place is straight out of a dream, fantasy world, or Hollywood production. I'm having to work pretty hard, but I never imagined I'd be living in a place where I am surrounded by the ocean, palm trees, and people who rival the friendliness and good nature of the people in Southeastern MT. I have always considered myself a lucky guy, but words can't describe how fortunate I feel to be living and learning in Ventura, CA.