Sacramento is one of the most ethnically and socially diverse cities in America.  During your internal medicine training, you will care for patients and families from everywhere in the world and from all walks of life. We strongly believe that serving a diverse patient population will better prepare you to become an exceptional physician who can easily adapt to the needs of your patients, colleagues and community. In addition, as a resident you have the opportunity to participate in various optional professional and career development opportunities:

Transforming Education and Community Health (TEACH) Program, a nationally recognized primary care training track for resident interested in caring for the medically underserved

  • Primary Care Program, an enhanced ambulatory care training program for physicians to provide comprehensive outpatient and inpatient general medicine care
  • Medical Education Track (MET), a one year Medical Education Track geared toward mastering these skills as you gain valuable experience as medical educators
  • Quality Improvement Track, a track that expands upon the residents’ knowledge and skills in quality improvement, patient safety, hospital efficiency and function, system redesign, and leadership skills
  • Leadership Track, a supplemental training on key aspects of being a leader in medicine, including developing a vision, managing change, mentoring, communicating effectively in challenging situations, and developing your team members.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud of having a residency program that is committed to Sacramento, health equity, and diversity. We are dedicated to helping current and future generations of healthcare professionals. Here are some highlights of our residency program-- 

  • UC Davis Health and Sacramento Primary Care Center are located in a medically underserved area (Oak Park), and we are dedicated to serving our community. If you share our dedication, this is a great place to train!
  • UC Davis Health and the Department of Medicine is committed to recruiting, training and supporting physicians from all backgrounds to meet the needs of our communities. Our Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Student and Resident Diversity will further support your passion to improve and transform the health of the patients and communities you will serve.
    • As a resident, you will also have the opportunity to participate in the UC Davis Internal Medicine Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement committee where we get together an inform policies, programs, and practices to increase and improve diversity, inclusion and community engagement.
    • As a resident, you also have the opportunity to conduct research in our internal medicine faculty-led UC Davis School of Medicine Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce (CDHW). The CDHW leads multi-institutional, multi-professional research across the educational continuum and disseminates best practices tailored to educational institutions and community partners on enhancing diversity in the healthcare workforce.
    • The UC Davis School of Medicine has the most diverse student population in California. During your training you will be part of diverse teams and support the next generation of healthcare professionals. Medical students, medical resident, and volunteer faculty physicians make significant contributions to the health of underserved populations in the Sacramento area through their volunteer efforts at several UC Davis School of Medicine community clinics.
  • Dr. Olivia Campa, a current Chief Resident, has been selected to present an oral presentation on our internal medicine programs enhancements in diversity and inclusion at the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine's Alliance Skills & Leadership Conference in October 2017. Stay tuned for updates on her presentation!

Our Team

Efrain Talamantes, MD, MBA, MSHPM
Associate Program Director
Chair of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
Tonya L. Fancher, MD, MPH 
Associate Dean for Workforce Innovation and Community Engagement
Co-Chair of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement


Contact Us

For more information on our diversity efforts, please e-mail our Associate Program Director Dr. Efrain Talamantes at etalamantes@ucdavis.edu.

Dr. Henderson, Dr. Fancher and future leaders
in healthcare for the underserved