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Department of Family and Community Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine


Intern Blocktime

Twice a year following two weeks of vacation, Interns are released from clinical rotations and come together as a group for a 2-week period in the home department.

The goals of Intern Blocktime are:

To promote unity and professional identity as family medicine physicians
To provide extended time to learn procedures integral to primary care
Develop knowledge and skills in behavioral medicine topics related to primary care.
Explore and discuss attitudes and beliefs related to physician wellness.

These goals are accomplished through: 1) lectures taught by core family medicine faculty, such as, “Managing Hypertension,” “The Geriatric Assessment,” and “Chronic Disease Management;" 2) hands-on procedures workshops including, “Suturing” and “Perineal Laceration;” and 3) interactive process groups focusing on resident wellness and experiences.

ALSO Course -

All interns become ALSO certified as part of the Fall Intern blocktime curriculum.  Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) was developed by Family Physicians with the goal of helping physicians and other health care providers develop and maintain the knowledge and skills they need to effectively manage potential emergencies during the perinatal period.  ALSO emphasizes labor and delivery room emergencies but also covers common obstetrical problems

Communities and Health Professionals Together (CHPT) – during intern blocktime the interns are assigned to with a community in the Sacramento area.  Paired with a community organization, the interns become acquainted with their community through such activities as a Windshield Survey, developing a Community Asset Map and A Day in the Life.  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.

Longitudinal Blocktime

– is our dedicated didactics for upper level residents.

Longitudinal Blocktime is scheduled on Tuesday afternoons throughout the academic year.   Blocktime begins with Grand Rounds from 12:30-1:30 pm.  Grand Rounds presenters include Family Physician faculty, faculty from the other UC Davis departments and invited guest speakers.   Each third year residents presents a Grand Rounds.  Longitudinal Blocktime is scheduled from 1:45- 4:45 pm.  Blocktime includes a variety of core lectures and workshops.  This is protected time for R2, R3 residents on outpatient rotations.

Previous Workshops:

Diabetes fair
Sports Physicals
Geriatric Fair
Pain Management
Center for Virtual Care cases — x 4 – quarterly
Resident Wellness
Resident as Teacher

Regular Scheduled Learning  Activities:

Journal club is scheduled approximately once a month on Tuesday afternoons throughout the academic year as part of Blocktime. The overall goal of journal club is to encourage critical thinking and instill an evidence-based approach to medicine, important life-long learning skills that foster ongoing professional growth.  Journal club sessions are conducted using an interactive, small group discussion format. Each month, a resident at R2 level or higher is assigned to co-lead that month’s journal club session with Dr. Jerant.

Medical Home Seminars - The overall goal of the Medical Home Seminars (MHS) is to teach the concepts of the Patient Centered Medical Home.  The MHS focuses on four key elements of the PCMH - patient experience, practice organization, the use of health information technology to improve patient care and quality measures.   The seminar will give the learner an opportunity to learn skills such as the application of patient self management; patient centered care; health promotion and prevention guidelines; chronic disease management; population management and incorporating evidence based medicine in the daily practice of medicine.