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GME Committee

Healthy Rural California’s Graduate Medical Education Committee was formed in 2020 and 2021 as a community-focused consortium model medical residency program. Led by Dr. Ted Zwerdling, Designated Institution Official (DIO), the GMEC sets and monitors policies and procedures for all residents in our programs.

In addition to the DIO, the GMEC includes:

Michelle Hamline, MD, Associate Director of Quality Improvement, Department of Pediatrics, UC Davis School of Medicine

Sean Liston, MD, Patient Safety and Improvement Chair, Enloe Medical Staff

Debbie Lupeika, MD, Program Director, Family Medicine Residency, Shasta Community Health Clinic

Andy Miller, MD, Community Health Physician, Enloe Medical Center

Malcolm MacDonald, MD, Family Medicine General Practice

Chester Austin, MD, CMO, Northern Valley Indian Health

Scott Kennelly, LCSW, Director, Behavioral Health Butte County

Harkirat Saggu, MD, Program Director, Psychiatry Residency, Healthy Rural California 

Rachel Mitchell, MD, Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency, Healthy Rural California 

Kristy Bird MaKieve, MBA, GME Administrator, Healthy Rural California

Healthy Rural California’s first residency program is a 4 x4 Psychiatry Residency program with an innovative curriculum focused on Trauma-Informed Care and Health Equity. Recruitment of residents will begin in Summer 2023 with the goal of participating in Match Day 2024 and the first cohort of Psychiatry Residents to arrive in July 2024.

Healthy Rural California’s GME efforts are currently funded by the following:

  • An initial loan from North Valley Community Foundation
  • HRSA Teaching Health Center Planning Grant for Psychiatry Residency
  • HCAI WET PECE Award to Butte County Behavioral Health for Psychiatry Residency
  • HRSA Teaching Health Center Planning Grant for Family Medicine Residency

Healthy Rural California also seeks:

  • Innovative housing solutions to accommodate the residents as they will spend 3 years (Family Medicine) and 4 years (Psychiatry) in our community.
  • A new building to serve as an interprofessional “hub” for our future residents. The concept is the Health and Technology Education Center:

If you are interested in being part of this effort, please contact CEO and GME Administrator, Kristy Bird MaKieve, at

Click here for the GME Committee Policy Binder.