Transforming Education and Community Health (TEACH) Track
Started in 2005, the Transforming Education and Community Health (TEACH) Program Track is a highly successful primary care training track for residents interested in caring for the medically underserved and becoming leaders in academic General Internal Medicine. The long term goal of the TEACH Program is to improve access to high quality health services by training General Internal Medicine physicians who provide well-coordinated, evidence-based, culturally humble care to underserved adults.
In partnership with the County of Sacramento Department of Health and Human Services, this community-based collaborative aims to reduce health disparities and increase the number of primary care physicians in medically underserved communities.
Our TEACH program philosophy was expanded to our UC Davis Medical School. Medical students who share this aim are joining the TEACH-Medical Student Program for their medical school training and work with our TEACH residency team.
TEACH Class of 2015
Our Patients and our Community
Sacramento is one of the most racially and ethnically integrated major cities in the United States, providing a unique setting for teaching culturally humble care. The TEACH Program is centered in Oak Park, a vibrant, historic community just steps from UC Davis.
Oak Park Community
The TEACH Clinic is located in the County of Sacramento Primary Care Center, a 100,000 sq ft comprehensive ambulatory facility that provides outpatient services to medically underserved patients.
The patient population is very diverse, including significant percentages of Hispanic, Caucasian (of which a substantial proportion is Russian speaking), African-American, Southeast Asian, Chinese, and other ethnicities. One in eight patients requires an interpreter. The primary languages spoken include: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hmong, Russian, Mien, and various Chinese dialects.
In January 2016, the Sacramento County Primary Care Center expanded primary care services to 3,000 undocumented residents of Sacramento County through a program called Healthy Partners. The residents who work in the TEACH Clinic see a large number of these patients and feel very proud to be part of the program.
TEACH Clinic, County of Sacramento Primary Care Center
Our program was featured in an article within the Sacramento Bee
The TEACH program is a yearlong experience that replaces the traditional third year of residency. Residents rotate in one week blocks on the TEACH inpatient service, where they care for primarily uninsured or Medicaid patients admitted to UC Davis Medical Center. The 3rd year resident leads the team of an attending and two third-year medical students.
When not inpatient, TEACH residents spend three afternoons per week in their county-based continuity clinic at the Sacramento County Primary Care Center. They also rotate through UC Davis specialty and sub-specialty clinics as well as county-based clinics including the Psychiatry, Nephrology, Musculoskeletal Medicine, and Rheumatology Clinics.
TEACH Resident and Student at the Primary Care Center (from Sacramento Bee)
A typical TEACH resident annual schedule includes (subject to changes):
- 22 weeks on Ambulatory Care
- 4 weeks on UC Wards
- 10 weeks on TEACH Wards
- 4 weeks on MICU
- 2 weeks on CCU
- 4 weeks of elective
- 2 weeks of ER
- 4 weeks of vacation
Whenever possible, hospitalized TEACH in-patients are followed up by their personal resident physician in the TEACH clinic. This experience allows the resident physician to care for patients during their acute illness, during their recovery, and in follow-up care.
Applying to the TEACH Program
The TEACH Program is for third year residents. We have residents apply for one of the five TEACH resident positions during their second year of residency. Both categorical and primary care residents are welcome to apply.
What Do TEACH Graduates Do Now?
An asterisk indicates that they are in clinician-educator positions
2016 TEACH Grads
Abdin, Elisabeth Primary Care, Sutter Yolo, CA
Del Mundo, Serena Hospitalist, Kaiser Oahu
Hood-Medland, Angie Chief Resident, UC Davis*
Marshall, Kristen Primary Care, Reno Nevada
Strum, Ashley Primary Care, Fairbanks, Alaska
Strum, Mike Primary Care, Fairbanks, Alaska
2015 TEACH Grads
Gallardo, George Palliative Care, Kaiser Sacramento*
Heiman, Erica Primary Care, Emory University*
Jackson, TaiJuana Primary Care, Elk Grove, CA
Kadakia, Radhika Primary Care, Kaiser Sacramento
Teasdale, Sara Primary Care, Sacramento County*
2014 TEACH Grads
Cheng, Cathy Hospitalist, Kaiser Santa Clara*
Mayorquin, Patricia Primary Care, West Los Angeles
Mittal, Mohit GI Fellowship, UC Irvine
Waldman, Sarah Infectious Diseases, UC Davis
Zambrano, Stacy Primary Care, Kaiser Oakland
2013 TEACH Grads
Bhe, Anthony Hospitalist, UC Davis*
Gonzalez-Flores, Alicia Primary Care, UC Davis*
Ho, Gwen Hem/Onc Fellowship, UC Davis
Naughton, Gregory Palliative Care, Kaiser Roseville
San Miguel, Heather Primary Care, Kaiser South San Francisco
2012 TEACH Grads
Burnham, Kevin Primary Care, UC Davis*
Clark, Guiselle Hospitalist, UCLA Ronald Reagan*
Eldridge, Matt Infectious Diseases, Kaiser South Sacramento*
Palomino, Adrian Hospitalist, Kaiser Vallejo
Torruellas, Cara Gastroenterologist, Kaiser South Sacramento
Turgasen, Sarah Primary Care, Sacramento County*
Fancher TL, Keenan C, Meltvedt C, Stocker T, Harris T, Morfín J, McCarron R, Kulkarni-Date M, Henderson MC. An academic-community partnership to improve care for the underserved.
Acad Med. 2011 Feb;86(2):252-8.