Choosing the right personal doctor for your family
Choosing the right primary care physician is an important decision for you and your family.
If you haven't already made a decision about your personal doctor for the coming year, consider the unique advantages of academic medicine via primary health care through UC Davis Medical Group/UC Davis Health.
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We know that your health care choices mark the beginning of a new and very important relationship.
When looking for a personal physician, you want a doctor who not only sees you when you need to be seen, but who also sees you as a unique individual.
And as an academic organization that's constantly studying how to improve the practice of medicine, we know how important it is to work with you to understand not just your symptoms, but also your perspective, concerns, ideas and expectations.
Learning about your family life, career and interests creates valuable context about your health. And involving you to reach an agreement about managing your health means that you and your physician can then work together toward your goals.
These are among the reasons that your UC Davis primary care team is structured as a patient-centered medical home. It's a model of care that's designed to help you live a healthier life by taking a team approach to supporting your personal needs – allowing your personal doctor to spend more time listening to you and getting to the heart of your health goals and challenges.
We're proud that all UC Davis Medical Group primary care clinics have earned the prestigious multiyear Patient-Centered Medical Home designation from the nonprofit National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Medical homes emphasize shared decisions to help patients to make informed choices and receive better results. They also stress strong communication and coordination of care among all of a patient’s health care providers, and offer patients strong access through expanded hours and technologies such as online communication.
Our focus on patient-centered care is grounded in our own longstanding research about the importance of human interaction in medicine. For example, UC Davis studies have found that physicians who have more personalized discussions with patients, and encourage them to take a more active role in their own care, can help lower medical costs and reduce the need for some services.
We're also very proud that UC Davis primary care comes highly recommended by our patients!
By choosing a UC Davis physician, you'll tap into a network of many of the most brilliant minds in health care today. Our medical group is part of a world-class research university and the region's only academic health center – a system that includes one of America's top hospitals, highly regarded medical and nursing schools, and renowned specialists on the leading edge of innovation and discovery.
As a patient, you'll find your personal team of health-care champions – physicians, nurses and specialists who deliver ever-emerging expertise in their fields and help you gain from the collective wisdom of colleagues in 150 areas of advanced medicine. And you can be among the first to benefit from the latest prevention techniques, treatment options and technologies when you need them.
We know your health care should not add stress to your busy life.
UC Davis physicians accept a wide variety of major health plans, including PPO, HMO and point-of-service or POS plans. See the list of accepted health plans
There are UC Davis Medical Group offices in 10 area communities, including Auburn, Carmichael/Citrus Heights, Davis, Elk Grove, Folsom, Natomas, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville and Sacramento. UC Davis also partners with Rideout Health to provide primary care in the Yuba City/Marysville area.
See a map of our clinic locations
Same- and next-day appointments are available when needed for urgent care. The UC Davis Health Virtual Clinic also offers a 24/7 "virtual urgent care" alternative via video chat or over the phone, with no appointment necessary.
Our online health management portal, MyUCDavisHealth, gives you the freedom to request appointments, view your medical records and send messages to your care team from your personal computer or smartphone, 24 hours a day.
Several clinics offer on-site imaging and support services, office hours with UC Davis specialists, and/or telehealth links to specialists at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Select interpreting services are available for our patients.
UC Davis Medical Center routinely ranks among America's top 50 hospitals for several types of specialty care in U.S. News & World Report annual surveys, and as the top hospital in Sacramento. The medical center also ranks as high-performing in several types of common medical procedures and conditions.
UC Davis Health offers a respectful, culturally sensitive health-care environment. UC Davis is a leader in diversity and inclusion, and we're proud to serve patients from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Many UC Davis primary care physicians, nurses and staff members are bilingual or multilingual, and the hospital's Medical Interpreting Services unit provides interpretation and translation in multiple languages. Select interpreting services are available at primary care locations throughout the region.
The health system has received honors from the Institute for Diversity in Health Management for delivering culturally and linguistically competent care and strengthening diversity among staff and leadership. The nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization also recognized the medical center as a Leader in Healthcare Equality for creating a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBT patients and employees.