Accelerating Primary Care Careers
In partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northern California, the UC Davis School of Medicine is planning a new three-year pathway for students committed to primary care careers, the Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC) program. Davis ACE-PC allows a select group of eligible students to complete medical school in three years and receive a conditional acceptance to a UC Davis http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/internalmedicine/residency.html or Northern California Kaiser Permanente residency program in primary care http://residency-ncal.kaiserpermanente.org/residency-programs/internal-medicine/internal-medicine-at-santa-clara/choice-primary-care/. Rather than the classic seven-year pathway to primary care practice (four years of medical school followed by three years of residency training), ACE-PC students will enter primary care practice one year earlier.
ACE-PC students will start the intensive three-year pathway eight weeks earlier than students in the classic four-year M.D. program. Students will be immersed in Kaiser's integrated health care system and patient-centered medical home model to promote seamless integration between medical education and clinical practice. Unique curricular content will include population management, chronic disease management, quality improvement, patient safety, team-based care and preventive health skills with special emphasis on diverse and underserved populations.