In addition to our formal Categorical, TEACH, and Primary Care Tracks, we have five elective tracks that residents can participate in to customize and augment their residency experience. Residents can do none of these tracks, or all of these elective tracks during their three years. Most do 2-3 of them.

Research Track

  • In 2005, we pioneered a structured Research Curriculum for all interns to help them get an early start on their scholarly work, which is especially important for those applying to fellowship.

  • In 2015, we made it elective, and renamed it the Research Track (RT). 
  • Any intern can elect to participate, and they get dedicated time and guidance in their internship year to develop a scholarly project.

    • This prepares them for research block electives (up to one month per year) in their second and third years.

    • Interns decide if they want to participate in the Research Track in the Fall of their intern year.

    • They then start the research curriculum during their ambulatory time during the year.

  • The Research Track residents gain structured research experience and individualized mentoring with feedback on their projects.

    • Many work with subspecialty research mentors in their area of fellowship interest.

    • This structured process has been instrumental to residents accomplishing scholarly activity and publications, which makes them much stronger fellowship applicants.

    • It also helps them decide whether to pursue a scientific career in the long term.

Medical Education, Quality Improvement, and Leadership Tracks

  • These three one-year tracks were established to augment residents' training in these areas of common interest.

  • By design, they do not require huge time commitments, so are do-able for everyone. They are elective, but most residents choose to do one or two over their last two years.

  • In the Spring, interns and second-year residents are asked to sign up for the QI, Medical Educator, Hospitalist, and Leadership Tracks. These tracks are not mutually exclusive, and residents may elect to participate in several during their residency. Again, our goal is to set residents up for success in their careers after residency.

  • We have an established Medical Education Track, which includes supplemental training and mentorship experiences for residents seeking a clinician-educator career. While all residents attend advanced teaching skills seminars in their R1 year, the track residents receive expanded teaching skills training.

  • Our Quality Improvement Track provides additional training in hospital medicine skills, particularly in the areas of project leadership and quality improvement.

  • We also have a Leadership Track, which provides supplemental training on key aspects of being a leader in medicine, including developing a vision, managing change, mentoring, communicating effectively in challenging situations, and developing your team members.

Hospitalist Track

UC Davis Internal Medicine Residency Hospital Medicine Track

  • In 2022, our Hospitalist Track was spearheaded by three of our graduates who are now hospitalist clinician-educators here at UC Davis.
  • The 2-year track includes required rotations on our screening hospitalist rotation and our independent practice rotation (where residents get to experience real-life work as a hospitalist at UC Davis Medical Center with supervision). This track also includes Journal Clubs, didactics tailored to hospital medicine, and additional procedural and POCUS training. Residents will also be expected to complete a scholarly project related to Hospital Medicine.
  • All residents in the Track are paired with a mentor from the current hospitalists at UC Davis. These mentors have been extremely helpful in preparing graduates for applying to and selecting their hospitalist job after residency.