David Li, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Anesthesiology Specialty Advisor

Dear UC Davis medical students: as your faulty advisor from the Anesthesiology and Pain medicine department here at UCDMC, my primary goal is to help you realize your interest in our field and inspire you to become one of my colleagues one day. It is my honor and privilege to be able to utilize what I have learned in my training to help students like you achieve your goal in becoming an anesthesiologist. I along with our entire faculty team in the Anesthesiology department are here to help you along the way in reaching your ultimate career goals.

Ho Phan, M.D.
Professor, Department of Surgery
Surgery Specialty Advisor

Surgery is an incredibly exciting and fulfilling career with enormous opportunity for growth, both in technical and scientific advancement. There are a lot of opportunities for students to get involved early in medical school in various programs that our department offers. Reach out early for shadowing experience and potential research opportunities.

Jennifer Plant, M.D., M.Ed.
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatrics Speicalty Advisor

I worked with kids in a number of different ways prior to medical school, including two years of teaching at a boarding school in CT, so in hindsight my specialty choice was predictable.  I am drawn to kids’ resilience and love the atmosphere of Peds and the opportunity to work with families.  There are so many different career paths you can choose within Peds, from General Pediatrics at a community health center to Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at an academic medical center (like me).  In each of those cases, though, you have the honor and privilege of making a difference in kids’ and families’ lives (all while being goofy with your patients.)

Kris Srinivasan, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor
Family Medicine Specialty Advisor

Family medicine is wonderful but complex, challenging, and certainly not for everyone.  Given the vast diversity of options in training opportunities and potential career paths, career advice and mentoring is especially important.  I am happy to meet with any student at any stage of learning to talk more about our wonderful specialty, and work with you to make a plan that best ensures success towards your goals.

Laura Kenkel, M.D.
Associate Physician
Psychiatry Specialty Advisor 

I’m happy to meet with any student interested in learning more about careers in psychiatry, as well as students trying to decide between psychiatry and other medical specialties. Though psychiatry is not what a lot of students think of when they imagine becoming a doctor, it’s an evidence-based field with great career flexibility, work-life balance, and the potential to make meaningful impacts in patient lives.

Melody Hou, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G.
Associate Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialty Advisor 

I see myself as a guide for the next generation of women's health providers, who will fight for social and reproductive justice and for our patients.

Paul Aronowitz, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Clinical Professor
Internal Medicine Specialty Advisor 
I welcome students to discuss their careers, particularly if they’re undecided about IM versus another specialty.  Our jobs as advisors are not to “talk you into” our fields—our jobs are to make sure that you are as well informed about our specialties so that you can make a wise choice for your future specialty and be content in your career going forward.  I also welcome students to contact me for meeting if they have already decided on Internal Medicine and want to get further information about the application process.

Verena Schandera, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Emergency Medicine Specialty Advisor

I am excited to work with all of you and to support you in your endeavor to find you ideal specialty choice. Medicine as a whole is a great career choice and there are endless options. It inspires me to work with such a great and bright group of students.