Residents in the Department of Family and Community Medicine have the opportunity to augment their direct patient care experiences by building meaningful connections with the communities surrounding the UC Davis Medical Center.
Child Abuse Prevention Month: April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month where government agencies, organizations, communities, and individuals are called on to raise awareness of the importance of child abuse prevention. Each of us plays a role in supporting the well-being of children and families in our communities. In support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the work of the Child Abuse Prevention Center, members of the Department of Family and Community Medicine will “wear blue” on Friday, April 4th to join the national movement to raise awareness. Please join us and post pictures of yourself, your colleagues, and friends in BLUE using #wearblue4kids. Members of the department will also be given a blue pinwheel pin to wear during the month of April to show their continued support.
This is but one small step towards creating a positive and nurturing environment for our families here in Sacramento. To find out more about the amazing work happening in the Sacramento Region to end child abuse visit the Child Abuse Prevention Center website to learn more: http://www.thecapcenter.org
Communities and Health Professionals Together: One of the key components of our community-focused curriculum is the Communities and Health Professionals Together (CHPT) program, which matches each resident in our department with a community organization in the area surrounding the UC Davis Medical Center. This program offers residents an opportunity to learn about community health indicators, public health services, and the health needs of a community beyond the medical office.
Student Run Clinics: The UC Davis School of Medicine has a very active medical student body, many of whom volunteer at several community clinics located in the inner-city neighborhoods of Sacramento. Many residents serve as preceptors or medical directors at the student-run clinics, which serve several distinct groups of patient populations and provide free health care to underserved communities.
High School Sports Physicals: Residents provided much needed sports physicals to high school athletes at their school before the school year began. Faced with challenges such as no health insurance or lack of reliable transportation this is a unique opportunity for these student athletes to both fulfill the requirement of having a physical and to get sound feedback on staying healthy and safe. Providing the physicals in the school’s gymnasium encourages more participation from the students as it alleviates some of the barriers to access. The residents are also able to assess for issues that might require a visit to their doctor’s office for further follow-up. Approximately 100 students received a sports physical in August 2013! Not only do the students seem to enjoy the experience but the residents do as well! For residents who have an interest in working in sports fields or with adolescents, this is a great experience for them and one that they look forward to next year.
Adolescent Health Education: Through our partnership with a local and dynamic school, Sacramento High School, residents are able to serve as “Health Educators” and have the opportunity to teach a broad-based health curriculum to high school students. This program places students and residents in the same room to talk about relevant health topics creating opportunities to foster meaningful and supportive relationships. This program helps to further break down the barrier between “hospital” and “community”.
Future Faces of Family Medicine: The Future Faces of Family Medicine project is a mentoring program set up by UC Davis Family Medicine and Sutter Health Family Medicine residents to inspire local high school students to become primary care physicians. The program has received statewide and nationwide attention. This video was produced with the help of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP).