A Welcome from the Department Chair
On behalf of my colleagues, welcome to UC Davis Family and Community Medicine!
We are a vibrant, collaborative, diverse, inclusive, continuously improving, and innovative Department.
- Our vision is broad and aspirational: a healthier and more equitable world.
- Our mission is to enhance the health of the population and mitigate health disparities through person- and family-centered care, education, and discovery.
Working together, we undertake myriad exciting and important activities, consistent with the breadth of family medicine, in pursuing the vision and mission.
We strive for excellence in everything we do and, by cultivating a growth mindset and emphasizing life-long learning we acknowledge excellence not solely in outcomes but also as a process: a way of being. Among other benefits, embracing excellence as a way of being underscores the importance of wellness among team members, which we proactively measure routinely and make improvements to promote:
In each of our main programmatic areas, there are many hallmarks that distinguish us, which you can learn about at the following links:
I encourage you to explore each link, as well as the other information about our Department at the links below my signature block. As you do, I think you will recognize that the most defining feature and greatest asset of our Department is truly remarkable people - faculty, residents, and staff. I am filled with pride in leading them, and inspired in doing so, learning and gaining more than I could ever hope to give back. I invite you to take some time to get to know, be positively transformed by, and maybe even consider joining our Departmental family.
Warmly and sincerely,
Anthony Jerant, MD
Professor and Chair
Melnikow and colleagues publish comprehensive evidence review to inform new national cervical cancer screening recommendation.
Joy Melnikow, DFCM Co-Vice Chair for Research and director of the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, led a comprehensive analysis of eight clinical trials and four cohort studies on cervical cancer screening by researchers from UC Davis and Kaiser Permanente Northwest. The investigators found that while Pap smears are still highly effective for detecting pre-cancerous cells and cancer, testing for the virus that causes these cancers also is an excellent screening tool. The findings were published August 21 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (Read the article here) and were used to inform the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which published its updated recommendation on cervical cancer screening in the same issue of the journal. Congratulations Dr. Melnikow!