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 Residents

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
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.

County clinic

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*


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