The Primary Care (PC) Internal Medicine Residency Program was started as a separate track within the UC Davis Internal Medicine Residency Training Program in 1979.  As categorical medicine residency programs are traditionally adept at training residents for subspecialty and inpatient medicine, the chief goal of the PC Program is to train physicians to provide comprehensive outpatient and inpatient general medicine care.  It accomplishes this goal through combining the strengths of the categorical training program with an intensified and diverse ambulatory care experience.

Patient Population and General Medicine Clinic

UC Davis Medical center serves a diverse ethnic and socioeconomic population, inclusive of many different payer types – HMO, PPO, Medicare, Medicaid, and the underserved population of Sacramento County.  Primary Care residents maintain continuity clinics at UC Davis, Kaiser, or County.  Additionally, Primary Care residents have the opportunity to work in affiliated subspecialty clinics in the community, including the VA, Kaiser, County, and CARES, leading to an experience with both breadth and depth.  Our patients are complex and extremely rewarding to serve.

If you graduate from our PC program, you will be ready to practice anywhere!

Primary Care for the Underserved
Primary Care for the Underserved

The UC Davis General Medicine Clinic is a traditional academic clinical setting with excellent support staff and nurses, and is an NCQA certified Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). It has received awards in 2007 and 2008 for excellence based on patient perceptions – a rare achievement for resident clinics. The Clinic has a top notch Epic EMR system (inpatient and outpatient) that allows access from home and other hospital sites, as well as online secure communication with continuity clinic patients.  

We have outstanding triage nurses, and a pharmacist-run refill system that cuts down on busywork for the physicians. Pharmacists run a Hypertension Clinic and a Medication Consultation Clinic (especially helpful on educating patients, reviewing medications, and assisting with getting expensive medications) that can really help care for patients in a multidisciplinary manner. Recently, we have begun an interdisciplinary program with pharmacists helping to manage our patients that are chronically on controlled medications (e.g. opiates, ADHD meds, benzodiazepines) to ensure safe prescribing and high quality monitoring. We also have a Wound Clinic run by an outstanding nurse wound specialist. We have a Psychiatry Clinic within our clinic two half-days per month to optimize the psychiatric care of our patients, particularly those who have poor access to mental health services.

The General Medicine Clinic faculty is a carefully selected group of clinician-educators dedicated to our residents. Several of them are also accomplished researchers in General Medicine. Endocrinology, Geriatrics, and Rheumatology clinics often run simultaneously with the resident clinics to allow for “on the fly” consultations and advice for our patients. This is a wonderful resource. Overall, the clinic experience will definitely train you well for practice after residency.

Internship (PGY1)

The PGY1 year is identical to the categorical intern schedule, which already has a comprehensive base of outpatient training and core curriculum.

Residency (PGY2 and PGY3)

After getting a solid foundation in the intern year, the core of the PC program is during the final two years. The PC program adheres to the overall 4+2 system but differs from the Categorical program in critical ways:

A greater proportion of Primary Care time is ambulatory. Residents on the PC Outpatient blocks have continuity clinics in General Medicine Clinic twice weekly and Geriatrics Clinic once weekly.  This Geriatric primary care continuity clinic is a unique feature of our program, and our residents leave with outstanding skills in geriatrics. Residents also go to the local HIV Clinic (CARES) once every two weeks.

Housestaff rotate through a large number of medicine subspecialty clinics and non-medicine specialty clinics. Residents are able to choose most of these elective clinics based upon their own perceived educational needs, with a core of them being required. Residents can also create their own clinic experiences in other clinics if desired (e.g. refugee clinic). For their “inpatient time”, residents rotate through inpatient medicine wards, Medical ICU (MICU), Cardiology Inpatient Service (CIS), ER, general medicine consults, and subspecialty consultation or research electives.

Each resident is partnered with one or two of the other PC residents to share the care of a panel of Geriatric Clinic patients.  A major benefit of the 4+2 schedule is not having clinic during inpatient rotations.  Their clinic partner helps to manage their outpatients during this time, if necessary. Residents attend their continuity clinic two half-days per week during elective or research months. Please also refer to the Categorical Medicine Track description for details on inpatient rotations and the intern year rotations.

Clinical Rotations

A. Continuity Clinics and Primary Care Program Specialty Clinics

  • General Internal Medicine Clinic (UC Davis): average of two ½ day sessions per week.
  • Geriatrics Clinic (UC Davis): one ½ day session per week.
  • CARES (HIV) Clinic: one ½ day session every 2 weeks.

B. Specialty and Subspecialty Clinics:

  • Cardiology (UC Davis)
  • Women's Cardiovascular Health Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Pulmonary Clinic (UC Davis, VA)
  • Gastroenterology Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Hepatology Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Endocrinology Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Nephrology Clinic (Sacramento County Health System)
  • Neurology Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Rheumatology Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Dermatology Clinic (VA Medical Center and UC Davis)
  • Urology Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Breast Cancer Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Hematology Clinic (VA Medical Center )
  • Infectious Diseases Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Procedure Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Allergy Clinic (UC Davis, Mercy Health Care)
  • Pre-Op Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Podiatry Clinic (Mercy Health Care)
  • Sports Medicine Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Medicine-Psychiatry Clinic (UC Davis)
  • Pain Medicine/Psychiatry (UC Davis)
  • Wound Clinic (UC Davis)

We can also help arrange for residents to go to a myriad of other clinics that run at UC Davis on an ad hoc basis, based upon individual residents’ desires (e.g. occupational health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, etc).

C.  Inpatient Rotations:

Residents will have 13 blocks of a combination of these rotations over their final two years.

  • UC Davis General Medicine Wards
  • VA General Medicine Wards
  • North Kaiser Wards (NKW)
  • North Kaiser ICU
  • UC Davis Medical ICU
  • UC Davis Cardiology Inpatient Service
  • UC Davis General Medicine Consultation Service - a combination of outpatient urgent care and inpatient general medicine consults. 
  • UC Davis Subspecialty Elective Consult Services
  • UC Davis Emergency Room

Seminars and Didactics

PC residents on PC Outpatient Blocks meet every Tuesday morning (8 to noon) for interactive seminars. In addition, PC residents attend the Department academic seminar series on Monday afternoons.

Internal Medicine Academic Conference

This is the core IM didactic curriculum, with conference occurring a half day per week.  See the main Categorical page for a more detailed description of the Cohort system and related conference.

Morbidity, Mortality, Quality and Safety Conference

We have a monthly Morbidity, Mortality, Quality and Safety Conference (MMQS) on Monday at noon.   Here we do M&M cases with faculty and residents over lunch, and we add in topics relating to quality improvement and patient safety.  This is very popular and useful.

Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

We have Grand Rounds every Thursday at noon, which is videocasted to all hospital sites.  One quarter of these Grand Rounds are dedicated to clinical topics, such as Clinical Solving Problem Cases, where expert clinicians work through an unknown case presented by our chief residents.  Once a month, we have our Clinical Grand Rounds, where one of our residents presents an outstanding case from our service, with experts discussing the complexities and learning points from the case.

Other Internal Medicine Conferences

When on subspecialty rotations (consults or CCU), residents can also attend the subspecialty conferences, which are regularly held. While at the VA, residents attend noon conferences on a daily basis.

Psychiatry in Primary Care Seminar Series (monthly, Tuesday PC Seminars)

This seminar series is run in concert with faculty from the Department of Psychiatry. It includes a series of seminars covering common psychosocial topics pertinent to primary care. Topics include: somatization disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, competency assessment (forensic psychiatry), eating disorders, psychiatric emergencies, the psychotic patient, personality disorders, delirium, and dementia.

Medical Interviewing and Communication Skills Seminar (quarterly, Tuesday PC Seminars)

This seminar series entails reviewing both basic and advanced interviewing skills, including motivational interviewing techniques.  Residents also videotape patient encounters in clinic, which we review as a group. We concentrate on interview techniques, patient-physician communication skills, and psychosocial aspects of patient care. It is an eye-opening and valuable experience for the residents and is a great hands-on opportunity to discuss these important topics.

PC Resident Journal Club (2-3 times monthly, Tuesday PC Seminars)

PC Residents meet together during their Tuesday morning sessions with faculty members and critically review articles from the medical literature with their colleagues, applying the basic tenets of Evidence Based Medicine.

Outpatient Morning Report (weekly, Tuesday AM)

PC residents attend UCD morning report and present educational cases from clinic, to allow focused discussion on common outpatient problems.

General Medicine Pre-Clinic Huddle (weekly)

Every week, we have a preclinic huddle, where physicians meet for 20 minutes before clinic to discuss many aspects of ambulatory care, including some quality improvement, and practice management techniques.  The clinic nurses and staff often participate.  We supplement this with the excellent web-based Ambulatory curriculum (developed and maintained by Johns Hopkins) that residents complete on their own time.

Health Care Policy Seminars (Tuesday PC Seminars)

Common policy topics are reviewed and discussed in depth, including healthcare financing, health system structure, and how we as physicians can affect health care policy and be true advocates in our current health care system. We also discuss issues of population health, universal vs. non-universal health care and insurance systems.

Clinical Reasoning/EBM Seminars (Tuesday PC Seminars)

PC residents run these interactive seminars to elucidate the fine points of clinical reasoning, with the help of faculty facilitators.

Healthcare Disparities Seminars (Tuesday PC Seminars)

This series of seminars will teach primary care and TEACH residents about healthcare disparities in the US, and how they can combat them.

Scholarly Activity

Academic Forum
Academic Forum Poster Presentation

In addition to the clinical rotations, each Primary Care Resident is expected to complete an annual scholarly project. The scope and content of the project can be quite variable. In the past, projects have ranged from scholarly literature reviews to clinical research studies.  Each resident is expected to present his or her project to their resident colleagues at the end of the academic year. Residents are encouraged to submit their project for publication and/or for presentation at regional and national meetings.


The proposed schedules for Primary Care PGY2 and PGY3 years are outlined below. Please note that these numbers are subject to change, depending on a variety of factors. 


16-18 weeks

UC Davis/Kaiser/VA Wards

14 weeks


2-4 weeks

Cardiology Inpatient

4 weeks

ER/Urgent Care

2 weeks

GenMed Consults

2 weeks


2 weeks (R2 only)


4-6 weeks


4 weeks


Primary Care residents work very closely with UC Davis faculty in a wide range of specialties. Our General Medicine faculty are dedicated clinician-educators and most care for their own primary care panels in the same clinic. They are great clinicians and role-models for doctor-patient relationships.

What About TEACH?

We often get the question “can you do the TEACH program if you are in the primary care track?”   The answer is a resounding YES.  TEACH is a program for 3rd-year residents only, so many PC residents do their intern year, a PC R2 year, and then move over to the TEACH program and the County Clinics for their 3rd year.  It adds up to a well-rounded education, with great experiences in PC and geriatrics in the 2nd year, and extensive work with the underserved (in PC and inpatient settings) in the 3rd year.  At least half of our TEACH residents have done the PC track for their first two years.

How to Apply

Both our Categorical and Primary Care programs have separate numbers in the National Residency Match Program, and both programs are listed on ERAS.  If you are interested in either, or both, you just select it when applying through ERAS.  You are free to rank both programs in the Match, but we use ERAS to determine if we should list you.

We generally do not put all six of our primary care slots in the Match. Rather, we usually have 3-4 slots in the Match, and the remaining 2-3 PC Program positions that remain after the Match will be filled from the intern class the following winter.  This allows those medical students who are less certain of their career goals at match time to get six more months of experience as interns. After this experience, these interns can make a more informed decision on whether to pursue a primary care career.

Thus, applicants who are certain that they want to do primary care should list the PC program in their match list.  They should also list the Categorical program, as they can often get into the program via the application during the intern year.   Applicants who are uncertain about a primary care career can join the Categorical program. By November of their intern year, they likely will have a better idea about if they want to do primary care.  If so, they can apply for the remaining primary care slots. We usually have space to accommodate all that apply in their internship.

The applications for the slots to be filled from our active interns are sent out in November, and final selection takes place in late January each year. Preference is given to those residents interested in pursuing primary care internal medicine as a career, or those who plan to do subspecialty training in fields that involve significant ambulatory practice.

Any questions about the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program can be directed to the Program Director, Dr. Zach Holt, at

Current Residents

Class of 2020


Medical School

Adrienne Atienco

University of New Mexico

Flora Chang

UC Davis

Nolan Giehl

UC Davis

Alyssa Milliron

UC Davis

Class of 2019


Medical School

Jessica Cruz-Whitley

UC San Diego

Tamika Coy

Albert Einstein

Aneil Dosanjh

UC Davis

Kirti Malhotra

UC Irvine

Dhruv Patel


Maricella Rangel-Garcia

UC Davis

Farah Shaheen

UC Davis

Class of 2018


Medical School

Laura Bradley

Oregon H&S Univeristy

Sarah Chan

Wayne State

Rashmi Manjunath

UC San Diego

Anh Nguyen

UT San Antonio

Olivia Kelly


Melody Tran**

UC Davis

Monish Ullal**

UC San Diego

Eleasa Unold

Medical College of Wisconsin

Valerie Wong**

SUNY Stony Brook

**indicates resident is doing 3rd year in TEACH track 

What Do Our Graduates Do Now?

Class of 2017


Medical School

Position After Graduation

Olivia Campa

UC Davis

Chief Resident

Michael Chew

UC Davis

Hospitalist, UC Davis

Alexandra Green


Hospitalist and SNF, Scripps San Diego

Wahid Syed

UC Davis

Hospitalist, Community Medical Centers, Fresno

Class of 2016


Medical School

Position After Graduation

Elizabeth Abdin

UC Davis

Primary Care, Sutter Davis

Katerina Christiansen 

Eastern Virginia

Primary Care, UC Davis Health

Serena Del Mundo


Hospitalist, Kaiser Hawaii

Angie Hood-Medland

Michigan State

General Medicine Fellowship, UC Davis

Anne Kern


Geriatrics Fellowship, UCLA

Jensine Lee

UC Davis

Primary Care, UC Davis Health

Kristen Marshall

University of Nevada

Primary Care, Renown Health, Reno

Ashley Strum

University of Washington

Primary Care, Foundation Health Partners, Alaska

Class of 2015


Medical School

Position After Graduation

Albert Bui


Geriatrics, UCLA

Erica Heiman


Academic Internal Medicine, Emory

Taijuana Jackson

Albert Einstein

Primary Care, Kaiser Sacramento

Alyn Kelley

UC Davis

Primary Care, Kaiser Roseville

Eva Nyaggah


Hospitalist, Kaiser Riverside

Sara Teasedale


Academic Internal Medicine, Sacramento County

Class of 2014


Medical School

Position After Graduation

Chris Bautista


Academic Internal Medicine, UCSF

Emily Beck

University of Washington

Pulm/Critical Care Fellow, U. of Utah

Wendy Gu Drexel Primary Care, Private Practice, Los Angeles
Patricia Mayorquin UCLA/Drew Primary Care, Kaiser, West Los Angeles
Naomi Ross Tufts Primary Care, Kaiser, Sacramento
Sarah Waldman UCSF Infectious Disease Fellowship, UC Davis
Stacy Zambrano UCLA/Drew Primary Care, Kaiser, Oakland

Class of 2013


Medical School

Position After Graduation

Karin Gilkison


Gastroenterology, Air Force

Abigail Kopecky

UC Davis

Hospitalist, VA Mather, Sacramento

Clint McMahill

University of Washington

Primary Care, Wyoming

Gunjan Patangay

UC Irvine

Primary Care, Kaiser Sacramento

Sonia Sonik-Spielvogel

UC Davis

Primary Care, Kaiser Sacramento

Aida Sadikovic

UC Davis

Primary Care, Kaiser Oakland

Alicia Gonzalez-Flores


Academic Internal Medicine, UC Davis

Class of 2012


Medical School

Position After Graduation

Sonia Heitman

UC Irvine

Primary Care, Kaiser, Sacramento

Emiley Chang


Geriatrics Fellowship, UCLA

Caroline McCoach

University of Colorado

Heme/Onc Fellowship, U. of Colorado

Voltaire Sinigayan


Academic Hospitalist, UC Davis

Kevin Burnham

UC San Diego

Internal Medicine Clinic Director, UC Davis

Sarah Turgasen

Univeristy of Minnesota

Primary Care, Sacramento County