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M.D. Program

M.D. Program


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W. Suzanne Eidson-Ton, M.D., M.S., Director of Rural-PRIME is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine. She completed her Master's degree in Health and Medical Sciences at UC Berkeley and her medical school training at UCSF. as part of the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program. After completing a joint residency in Family Medicine and Obstetrics at UC Davis, she joined the UC Davis Family and Community Medicine faculty in 2002.  Since 2007, she has been the Instructor of Record in Doctoring 1 as well as a co-Instructor of Record for the Primary Care Clerkship. In addition, she has been a clinical faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine, teaching residents and developing residency curriculum since her own graduation from residency

Heather Mora, Program Coordinator, joined Rural-PRIME after working with Health Sciences Development developing strategic partnterships between corporations and foundations for the past three years. Prior to Health Sciences Development, she spent eight years with the Department of Pediatrics, managing day-to-day activities of the Foster Care Health Program. She works closely with the Program Directors and Manager in implementing the program, assists with admissions and recruitment, serves as a liaison between the students and the Program and organizes the day-to-day activities of PRIME.

Thomas S. Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances, is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine specializing in rural health and the use of advanced telecommunications technologies to improve access to medical education and care. As founding director of the Center for Health and Technology, Nesbitt oversees UC Davis' telemedicine, distance learning and medical informatics programs. Dr. Nesbitt works closely with UC Office of the President, health-care policy leaders, and senior staff from the State of California to implement Proposition 1D and the California Telehealth Network. Proposition 1D, passed by California voters in November 2006, directs $200 million in building and equipment funds to the University of California to expand medical education with an emphasis in telemedicine

Sneha Patel, M.A. Oxon., Rural-PRIME Program Manager at UC Davis Health System, has a background specializing in strategic planning and project leadership in London, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Sneha, in her current role at UC Davis Health System, has management and planning responsibility for Rural-PRIME.  She has also managed special projects for the Center for Health and Technology at UC Davis, one of which was the planning and launch of Rural-PRIME in its infancy. Sneha leverages her background, spanning a range of industries from financial services to high-tech and healthcare, in the application of technology and innovation to solutions for healthcare access in rural California.