Family Medicine Research Program
Family Medicine Research Residency Program
(Family Medicine Physician-Scientist Pathway Program (FM-PSPP))
This unique five-year program provides residents with a strong foundation in family medicine and an advanced experience in research and scholarship. The UC Davis FM-PSPP is one of seven such programs nationally to be established under the auspices of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) with the goal to provide an accelerated start to a successful family medicine research career. Family physicians are uniquely positioned to research healthcare and health policies that impact the whole person and healthcare system.
Residents in the FM-PSPP program complete all of the goals and objectives of the UC Davis Family Medicine Residency and also develop proficiency in research design, methods, and reporting. FM-PSPP residents also have the opportunity to earn a Masters in Public Health (MPH), Masters of Advanced Study (MAS) in Clinical Research, or Masters in Medical Informatics during their training, at a discounted tuition rate. The FM-PSPP provides both the clinical experience to meet ABFM’s board-certification requirements and a structured, rigorous research training experience that is individualized to the trainee’s unique learning goals. By the summer of PGY3, each trainee will develop a research plan to complete over the following two years, including graduate degree coursework to fill knowledge gaps and complete a degree, if desired. By graduation in PGY5, FM-PSPP residents will be able to develop and conduct research in their chosen area sufficient to pursue a career of independently-funded research.
The types of projects participants may pursue are varied, and may encompass health services research, healthcare policy, clinical quality improvement, community engagement, advocacy, among other focuses.
Why the FM-PSP?
- Integrated clinical and research training over 5 years to allow deeper engagement in both without a “gap” in clinical or research training
- Time to meet research mentors and learn research and clinical landscape over 5 years, rather than trying to establish mentorships and a project in a 1-3 year research fellowship
- Continuing to work in the same clinical system with continuity patients over 5 years
- One application and you are accepted to both clinical residency and research training rather than applying for a fellowship after residency
- One move after medical school rather than a second move in 3 years for research fellowship!
- Even if you don’t pursue a career in research, you will have developed leadership, teaching, quality improvement, evidence-based medicine and public health skills to support a clinical, teaching, public policy and/or leadership career
Why UC Davis?
- We have a world class research program with diverse research areas producing high impact publications and numerous annual NAPCRG presentations
- Engaged, dedicated research mentors with years of experience and/or advanced research training:
- Research Facultywithin our department: Anthony Jerant, M.D., Department Chair; Joy Melnikow M.D., M.P.H., co-Vice Chair for Research and Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research; Joshua Fenton, M.D., M.P.H., co-Vice Chair for Research; Elizabeth Magnan, M.D., Ph.D, FM-PSPP Director; Alicia Agnoli, M.D, M.P.H, M.H.S. and Jennifer Karlin, M.D., Ph.D PLUS other department faculty engaged in scholarly work (clinical research, educational research and quality improvement)
- Faculty across the university and health system, including in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, and Public Health.
- A strong academic residency program with FQHC sites for clinical training and teaching opportunities within our equity-minded medical school and with PA and NP students in our nursing school
- Departmental Research Jumpstart funding and research travel funding to support your work
- Collaborations with, seminars and coursework from, and/or research funding opportunities from other entities including but not limited to:
- UCD Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
- UCD Clinical and Translational Science Center Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP)
- UCD Department of Public Health
- UCD Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
- UCD Comprehensive Cancer Center
- UCD Center for Reducing Healthcare Disparities
- UCD Violence Prevention Research Program
- The California Health Benefits Review Program
- UC Center Sacramento
- Various regional stakeholders (e.g., California Office of Statewide Health Planning)
- And the other six FM-PSPP sites nationally (Penn, University of Utah, VCU, UF and KU
How to Apply
There is one UCD Family Medicine Physician-Scientist Pathway Program (FM-PSPP) position annually, matched through the standard NRMP match process. You can apply both for the FM-PSP and traditional core residency.
The following items are required:
- Application (Electronic Residency Application Service - ERAS)
- Curriculum vitae (Curriculum vitae by ERAS is acceptable).
- Personal Statement
- An additional 250 word statement of interest in the FM-PSPP program. Please tell us why this type of training is important to you. Email your statement directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
- At least three letters of recommendation (one should be from a U.S. family medicine physician)
- Medical school transcripts
- USMLE scores (Parts I and II, if available)
- Letter from your medical school Dean of Student Affairs
Applications will be reviewed by the program beginning October 21, 2020.
Contact information (questions welcome!):
Elizabeth Magnan, M.D, Ph.D.
Director, Family Medicine-Physician Scientist Pathway Program