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Department of Family and Community Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Welcome message from the Residency Director

Dear Future Family Physician:

Welcome to the UC Davis Family and Community Medicine. As the residency director, I am proud to introduce you to our program. I hope that you will explore our website and learn about the fantastic training opportunities here at UC Davis. Our program can best be described as unique, comprehensive, and dynamic.

Our program's uniqueness is a product of 34 years of experience training family physicians. Our department's strong history has been maintained into the present, many of our faculty members provide significant leadership to the medical school and our dean's office. UC Davis Family and Community Medicine is in a unique position to shape the future of medical student and resident training.

The diversity of our physicians and patients also makes our program unique. Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in the US and we reflect that in our department. Our department and the University are committed to cultural competency. We believe that this commitment helps to train better physicians.

Our combined training programs offer a unique experience for family physicians who seek special skills. Our Family Medicine-Psychiatry program provides dual board certification and special skills for uniting mind-body medicine over 5 years of training. Our Family Medicine-Obstetrics program is a 4 year program. Residents receive high volume OB, cesarean section training, and high risk pregnancy experience. We also offer a Sports Medicine track for residents who want to prepare for fellowship or have concentrated sports experience. Our program also has academic fellowships or sports fellowships available after completion of residency.

Our program has created one of the most comprehensive experiences available to family medicine residents. Our residents get extensive procedural training. They provide care in a wide range of venues including our own hospital and a smaller facility. We have special outpatient teaching clinics that our faculty focus on teaching one on one with residents. Our residents see their continuity patients in the UC Davis Family Practice Clinic. We're proud to have one of the busiest and most successful clinics in the UC Davis Health System.

Finally, I believe that we have a wonderfully dynamic training experience. Our faculty members are committed to excellence. We care about all of our “residency family”. We actively incorporate resident feedback for continuous program improvement. Our residents join us in the pursuit for program excellence. Our graduates have gone on to positions of leadership and service throughout Northern California and the US. I look forward to meeting you and showing you why I'm proud to be the director of our family medicine program.

Thomas A. Balsbaugh, M.D.
Residency Director

Our Residency Mission


  • We train excellent family physicians.
  • Our definition of "excellent" goes beyond the task of training family physicians who have strong medical management skills and knowledge.
  • We also value in our residents such characteristics as having a social consciousness, compassion and empathy for all people and high ethical standards.

The state of California has consistently recognized our program for training a diverse group of physicians who work in underserved settings. We take great pride in the diversity of our residents, our graduates and the communities that they serve.