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Our curriculum is designed to engage residents in the breadth and depth of family medicine. Residents experience fast-paced, complex care provided in inpatient settings while being rooted in the continuity of care they provide in our home family medicine clinic. We encourage our residents to get involved in the many leadership, community health, medical education, and research opportunities we have to offer.

Comprehensive Family Medicine Resident Curriculum

Outpatient Family Medicine 5 months, and in continuity clinics throughout training
Inpatient Adult Medicine 9 months
Pediatrics 5 months, an in continuity clinics throughout training
Obstetrics and Gynecology 4 months
Emergency Medicine 2 months
Surgery and outpatient procedures 2 months, procedures taught throughout continuity clinics and focused outpatient clinical teaching
Medical and Surgical Subspecialty Care 3 months
Electives 3 months
Vacation 3 months


Dedicated didactics for all residents are scheduled on Tuesday afternoons throughout the academic year. Blocktime begins with the Department of Family and Community Medicine's Grand Rounds from 12:30-1:30 pm. Grand Rounds presenters include Family Medicine faculty, faculty from the other UC Davis departments, and invited guest speakers. In addition, third year residents present a Grand Rounds on a topic of their choice, allowing residents to explore and synthesize the evidence behind the care provided by family medicine physicians.
Longitudinal Blocktime didactics for residents are scheduled from 1:45- 5:15 pm. Blocktime includes a variety of core lectures and workshops. This is protected time for residents on the majority of their rotations.
Residents are active participants in their learning through resident led patient case presentations, clinical quality improvement projects, and journal club. These activities promote critical thinking, instill an evidence-based approach to medicine, and allow residents to develop their teaching skills. These important life-long learning skills foster ongoing professional growth. Residents also have the opportunity to process their clinical experiences with peers in monthly intern support and Balint groups.

Clinical Training Site

UC Davis Medical Center is a 600 bed hospital and the only academic medical center in Northern Central Valley of California. It is a major tertiary referral center, but also a key healthcare provider for its surrounding community. It is the primary training site for the Family Medicine residents on their inpatient rotations for Family Medicine Wards, Medicine ICU, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics.

Family Medicine Inpatient is the inpatient service for our UC Davis Family Medicine clinic patients. The Family Medicine team consists of a Family Medicine attending, residents from all three years of training, and learners from the UC Davis School of Medicine and Nursing providing care for hospitalized adult and pediatric patients in addition to obstetric and postpartum mothers and their newborns. This service provides across the continuum of life and offers continuity of care for family medicine patients.

Mather VA Medical Center is a 50 bed state of the art hospital. Its size allows it to operate much like a small community hospital serving the needs of the veteran population of a large portion of Northern California. Patients often have complex yet common chronic medical diseases underlying their acute presentations, and during their inpatient rotations at Mather, our residents become comfortable managing multiple significant diseases.

Family Medicine Ambulatory Care Center The family medicine continuity clinic at UC Davis is a hospital based clinic where residents hone their skills in outpatient primary care with an individual panel of patients, acquiring the skills to care for patients across their life span, serving the needs of pediatric, obstetric, adult, and geriatric patients. Residents develop the ability to collaboratively work with their peers and with faculty who see patients in the same clinic and provide clinical oversight. Residents are engaged with ongoing clinical quality improvement work to enhance the services provided at the clinic .

Federally Qualified Health Centers In their third year, residents are matched with a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) where they care for patients over the course of their third year in a longitudinal family medicine clinic. FQHCs offer community-based comprehensive primary and preventive care; services are provided regardless of patients' ability to pay. These settings offer residents the opportunity to provide excellent health care for many of the neediest in the communities of Sacramento while being supported on site by clinical faculty from UC Davis.