Mission: Introduce students to the TEACH-MS curriculum and prepare students for work in the community.

  • One week summer introduction to the program
  • Group bonding, meeting key faculty, getting to know the Sacramento Community
  • Strongly recommend enrollment in Pre-Mat following orientation. To learn more, visit the Pre-Mat Program.

Mission: Exposure to local community through clinical engagement opportunities

  • Longitudinal primary care clinical shadowing experience with physician leaders in community clinical settings.
  • Home visits with patients with HIV and their families through our community partner, Harm Reduction Services (HRS). HRS provides non-judgmental, non-threatening delivery of services and resources to injection drug users, sex workers, and sexually active youth in Sacramento.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with local community clinic to provide community/patient education.

Mission: Intensive 4 week course to reflect on issues of identity, power imbalances, and the historical contexts that can result in disparities in both health status and health-care delivery

Institute on Race and Health

The Institute on Race and Health is an intensive 4-week course, consisting of mini-lectures, community presentations, films, fieldtrips, and readings from a variety of disciplines.  In a non-confrontational environment, students explore with faculty and staff the myriad ways that race and social determinants of health differentially impact the health status and health care interactions they will encounter with our state and country’s increasingly diverse population. The Institute’s strategies take us far beyond a cultural-tourism approach to reflect together on deep issues of identity, power imbalances, and the historical contexts that can result in disparities in both health status and health-care delivery.  The Institute is offered in the summer between the first and second year of medical school. It is a requirement for all TEACH-MS students.  Stipends are available for eligible students.

Mission: Building on Year 1 community experiences and applying what was learned during Institute

Mission: Six-month longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) with emphasis on outpatient experiences in community-based clinics.

Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship Overview

Third year TEACH-MS students have a unique opportunity to participate in a longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) curriculum model for the second half of their clerkship year. In the first three rotations of their third year, students complete the Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn, and Surgery clerkships in traditional 8-week blocks, with preferential placement on community-focused services and clinics (i.e. TEACH Wards at UCDMC hospital, Sacramento County Jail, etc.). Students begin the second half of the year in a series of 2-week Immersion Blocks that provide an intense introduction to Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Family Medicine. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in a 2-week Interdisciplinary Pain Management Selective with the Department of Pain Medicine. Students then dive into a 4-month LIC schedule that gives them twice weekly exposure to outpatient pediatrics, psychiatry, and primary care. Students will also spend 1-2 half days each week with community organizations providing care to underserved patients in the Sacramento area. 

3rd Year Longitudinal Clinic Assignment
All students at UC Davis School of Medicine have one-year longitudinal clinic in primary care. TEACH-MS students are assigned to community clinics/Federally qualified health care centers with preceptors that are committed to underserved primary care. The current clinic assignments for TEACH-MS include:

Sacramento County Clinic

Communicare - Salud Clinic

Cares Community Clinic

Sacramento Native American Health Center

Mission: Forum to present experiences from Years 1-3

  • Successful applications to residencies for primary care
  • Mentorship of incoming TEACH-MS students

Additional Program Highlights

Doctoring Course

Doctoring is a longitudinal curriculum that runs throughout the four years of medical school at UC Davis.  The Doctoring Course is developed to instruct and explore, with the use of standardized patients, how we communicate with our patients, what personal and ethical responsibilities define our profession and shape our behavior as physicians. We also explore what responsibilities we have to our patients, colleagues, families, and ourselves, and how to best negotiate conflicts between these responsibilities.  TEACH- MS students are assigned to the same group for this course throughout Doctoring in 1st , 2nd and 3rd year  and have the opportunity to co-facilitate a TEACH Doctoring group in 4th year.

Interprofessional Learning Opportunities

  • Opportunity to shadow an experienced UC Davis inpatient bedside nurse
  • Participation in seminars with Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Course
  • Work with Case Managers through our community partners- Harm Reduction Services (HRS) and Birth & Beyond


  • In first 2 years: regular meetings with the program director to check-in on medical school, TEACH experience, and career guidance.
  • Assigned Big Sib (upper level student) from TEACH program
  • Community clinic preceptor assignments (see LIC Overview in Year 3 tab above)