Categorical Program | Department of Internal Medicine | UC Davis Health

Categorical Program

Intern 2021

4+1+1 Scheduling

Since 2011, we have been using a block scheduling model. For Interns, this is a 4+1+1 (or 4+2) model, where they do 4 weeks of inpatient rotations, followed by 2 weeks of outpatient or elective or vacation rotations. Since 2019, our R2s and R3s have a 4+4 model -- 4 weeks of inpatient rotation followed by +4 weeks of some combination of ambulatory, elective, or vacation. Most of our rotations are 2 weeks in length, but residents can take electives that are up to 4 weeks long. Residents do not do their continuity clinic while on the inpatient time.

During the +2 or +4 time, we have Academic Half-Days with completed protected education time with a standard curriculum.

Inpatient Rotations

Over the duration of their residency, all residents will participate in the following inpatient rotations:

  • UC Davis Cardiology Inpatient service
  • UC Davis Wards
  • UC Davis Hematology/Oncology service
  • UC Davis MICU
  • UC Davis General Medicine Consults service
  • UC Davis Neurology Inpatient service
  • UC Davis Emergency Medicine
  • UC Davis Night Float
  • Kaiser North Wards and ICU
  • VA Wards
  • VA ICU and Cardiology
  • VA Geriatrics

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Ambulatory Rotations

The ambulatory training of our Categorical Residents is also very strong. Residents have 8 to 10 weeks of ambulatory training each year. During these rotations, they will have a combination of continuity clinic and subspecialty clinic. 

We utilize clinics at all of our ambulatory clinical sites:

  • UC Davis Health sites
  • VA Mather
  • Kaiser clinics in Sacramento and Roseville
  • Sacramento County clinic (a Federally Qualified Health Center)
  • One Community Health HIV clinic (a Federally Qualified Health Center)
  • Mercy and Dignity Health System clinics

Our residents have access to a very comprehensive collection of subspecialty clinics. If residents have a particular interest in certain fields, we are able to incorporate more of a certain type of clinic into their outpatient rotations. Our goal as a residency program is to help residents tailor their education to their interests.

We have required rotations in Addiction Medicine (R3) and Outpatient Geriatrics (R2). In addition, residents rotate through these clinics:

  • Allergy
  • Cardiology (CHF, EP, Women's CV, General)
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gender Affirming Care
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology
  • Hepatology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Loaves and Fishes Clinic (persons experiencing homelessness)
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pallative Care
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Podiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary (ILD, Asthma, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis)
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep
  • Sports Medicine
  • Travel
  • Urology
  • Vascular
  • Women's Health


All of our interns and residents will rotate through electives. These are what we currently offer:

  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Cardiology, inpatient (consult service, heart failure service) and outpatient electives available
  • Endocrinology (inpatient and outpatient electives available)
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology (inpatient and outpatient electives available)
  • Hematology and Oncology (inpatient and outpatient electives available)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Master Clinician Educator
  • MICU R2 elective
  • Nephrology (inpatient and outpatient electives available)
  • Palliative Care
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonology (inpatient and outpatient electives available)
  • Rheumatology
  • Hospitalists - Screening Hospitalist and Independent Practice Hospitalist rotations
  • TB Clinic
  • Toxicology

Motivated residents can also create an elective suited to their personal interests. Electives that past residents have successfully created and completed include:

  • Pain Medicine
  • Transplant Infectious Disease
  • Anesthesiology
Intern river trip group

Program Tracks

Interested interns and residents are able to apply for different programs and tracks. The Research Track starts in the intern year. The remaining tracks are in the PGY2 and PGY3 years and residents “apply” during their intern year: