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Department of Family and Community Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine

UC Davis Community

Sacramento has emerged as an up-and-coming cosmopolitan city that still retains its unique pioneer history.  The city and its surrounds offer something for everyone, from family-friendly attractions, museums, parks and gardens, to four-star restaurants, wine bars and clubs.  Regional theater troupes present Broadway musicals and locally written plays.  The State Capitol Building offers free tours, or you can sightsee in historic Old Sacramento.

The Sacramento metropolitan area has a growing population of over one million people, and America's most integrated city according to research by the Civil Rights Project of Harvard University. In 2002, TIME magazine named Sacramento “America’s Most Diverse City”. Of our city’s inhabitants, 41% are non-Hispanic white, 15% are black, 22% are Hispanic and 17% are Asian/Pacific Islander.  " 

As the state capitol, Sacramento offers a unique opportunity to be involved in local and state-wide health advocacy while training in residency.  Our program's proximity to state and local health officials as well as legislators has enabled us to develop a familiarity with individuals and groups intimately involved in state health policy.  Our unique position has provided the opportunity for residents to attend Senate and Assembly Health Committee hearings, testify on behalf of patients and our community, and remain a resource for organizations like the California Academy of Family Physicians, our chapter of the AAFP.

Sacramento also offers a wide range of cultural, educational, culinary and recreational opportunities in a climate that supports plenty of outdoor activities.  The Crocker Art Museum recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation that tripled its size which enabled it to host "blockbuster" national exhibits. Moreover, every month in the spring, summer and fall, the city of Sacramento closes central streets to car traffic and hosts "Second Saturday," an opportunity for local musicians, restaurants and other merchants to mingle with the members of the community in a street fair atmosphere.  Plenty of restaurants offer a diverse range of foods to try in both the downtown and suburban parts of Sacramento, from traditional American fare to Spanish tapas, Sushi, Vietnamese and Ethiopian food.  

We also have a major league basketball team and a championship winning minor league baseball team, the Sacramento River Cats. A local favorite, the River Cats boast some of the highest attendance levels in all of minor league baseball and has served as the training ground for many notable major league players.

For those of you interested in the outdoors, Sacramento is a great place to live, work and play. The climate in Sacramento ranges from warm-to-hot dry summers to cool winters, with average temperatures ranging from 50 degrees in February to over 100 degrees in August.  The ambient temperatures allow residents to take advantage of the many outdoor activities available within and just outside the city, including several community parks, over 33 miles of bike trail, and rafting on two of the state's major rivers (the American and the Sacramento).  Another great thing about Sacramento is its proximity to California attractions. Both Lake Tahoe and San Francisco are within an hour and a half, and Napa Valley is only 45 minutes away, and Yosemite is three hours. These are only an example of the many natural and cultural places within a few hours drive.

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