The Career Development Program provides information, resources, and experiences, so medical students can make informed decisions about their academic success, career exploration and residency match. Our team includes Advisors, Coaches, Specialty Advisors and Residency Team Advisors.

Coaches

coaches description

Photo of Dr. Olivia Campa

Faculty title and department: 

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine

Training:

Loyola Marymount University, c/o 2006 (BA)

UC Davis School of Medicine, c/o 2014 (MD)

University of California, Davis Department of Internal Medicine, c/o 2017 (Residency)

University of California, Davis Department of Internal Medicine, c/o 2018 (Chief Residency)

Current clinical practice (and medical education roles):

UC Davis Internal Medicine Department, Attending Physician 

One Community Health, General Internist

Academic Coach, UC Davis School of Medicine

Director UC Davis Post-baccalaureate Program, UC Davis School of Medicine

Professional interests:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Health Disparities Research, Addiction Medicine, Humanism in Medicine, Medical Education, Social Justice, Advocacy in Medicine

Personal interests:

Sports (softball, golf, soccer), comedy, travel, spending time with friends and family

Twitter Handle:

@OliviaCampaMD

Photo of Dr. Mika Godzich

Faculty title and department: 

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine

Training:

UCSF School of Medicine 2007

Contra Costa County Family Medicine Residency 2010

Current clinical practice (and medical education roles):

I am trained in full spectrum Family Medicine, and I provide care to patients in clinic at the Ambulatory Care Center here at UCD and at One Community Health, a local FQHC, to hospitalized patients at UCDMC, and I care for laboring patients on Labor and Delivery and their newborns.

Other medical education roles:

Co-Associate Family Medicine Residency Program Director

Professional interests:

Full spectrum family medicine, longitudinal relationships with patients, provision of health care in low resource settings, rural primary care medicine, health equity, diversity of the health care workforce, sharing the joys of providing primary care with trainees

Personal interests:

Being with my dog, traveling, hiking, scuba diving (much too infrequently), buying books that I'm looking forward to reading some day

Important lesson you have learned from a mentor:

Go where you're appreciated, where you're seen as an asset, not a burden so that you can be your best self (advice given by a mentor as I was applying for this position at UC Davis)

Photo of Dr. Blanca Solis

Faculty title and department:

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Health

Training: 

I received my medical degree from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine in 1997 after obtaining a BA in Peace Studies at Claremont McKenna College.  I was the first to complete the integrated Family Medicine and Obstetrics Residency at UC Davis in 2001.  I completed the Faculty Development Fellowship at UCSF and recently completed the UCD Health Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program.

Current clinical practice / Professional interests:

My professional interests include women’s health, medical education and supporting the next generation of physicians.  Over the past several years, I helped develop curriculum for the UC Davis School of Medicine Community Health Scholars: TEACH-MS, Rural Prime and SJV PRIME.  I currently serve as a coach for all of the UC Davis Community Health Scholars in their first two years of medical school. My clinical work (in conjunction with UC Davis Health) is at One Community Health, an FQHC in downtown Sacramento, where I provide ambulatory Gynecologic care. I have practiced Women’s Health for over 15 years.  

Personal interests:

Knitting, cycling on the American River Bike Trail, gardening, being in nature.

Connecting with friends, family, especially my teenage kids.

Important lesson you have learned from a mentor:

My mom always says, “porque no” - “why not”.  At  87  she never ceases to amaze me in the things she is willing to learn.  When I am in doubt I think of her saying – “porque no”.

“Never compare yourself to anyone. There’s always going to be someone better or worst then you so it’s best to focus on yourself.”

Photo of Dr. Francis Sousa

I am a native of the SF East Bay area. My family moved to Davis before I entered high school and I have lived almost all my formative, adult, and professional life in the Davis area. I spent my undergraduate years at UC Davis and went on to UC Davis School of Medicine as a member of the 3rd class graduating in 1974! Completing my ophthalmology residency at UCDMC, I immediately began my clinical career practicing at the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Sacramento. I will never forget the words of one of my mentors, “Question praise too rich as much as you do criticism too strong.  The truth is closer to 50/50 than anyone would like to believe.” As one of the new student coaches, a volunteer professor of ophthalmology and internal medicine, and assistant dean for admissions and student development it is a joy to participate in helping educate and guide students to realize their goals. In our personal time, Laurel and I enjoy walking the UC Davis arboretum, experiencing the ever-growing UC Davis campus, and all northern California. I really enjoy seeing and visiting my adult children who are spread throughout the country and exploring the world with my two grandsons – 4 and 2 years old who now live in Davis!! 

Photo of Dr. Kara Toles

Faculty title and department: 

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine

Training:

Pomona College, c/o 2007 (BA)

UC Davis School of Medicine, c/o 2012 (MD)

Highland Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, c/o 2016

Current clinical practice (and medical education roles):

UC Davis Emergency Department, Attending Physician 

University of TX Medical Branch Emergency Department, Attending Physician 

Academic Coach, UC Davis School of Medicine

Professional interests:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Clinical Emergency Medicine, Point-of-care ultrasound, Social Media in Medical Education, Free Open Access Medical Education, Wellness, Humanism in Medicine

Personal interests:

Connecting with friends and family, hiking, adventuring, being outdoors, biking, cultural events, music, Black history, snacks, and naps

Twitter Handle:

@kat04747

Important lesson you have learned from a mentor:

  1. Failure is to be expected along the journey of clinical medicine. It is how you respond to it that matters. Use those experiences as an opportunity to grow and learn something new. Then share that knowledge with others. 
  2. Slow down and listen. A lot of the time, the patient will tell you the diagnosis.