Letter from the Department of Pediatrics Chair
As chair of the Department of Pediatrics, I invite you to review the information in this Web site regarding the Pediatric Residency Program at UC Davis Medical Center. In the early years of this past century, the regents of the University of California purchased thousands of acres of farmland from Jerome Davis approximately 20 miles from California’s capitol, Sacramento. Little did anyone envision what would transpire in succeeding years! Today UC Davis constitutes a wide range of academic programs with internationally renowned scholars and research programs. The School of Medicine is now based at the Sacramento campus, where the major thrust of its clinical research, and education programs is located, although significant research is being performed at the Davis campus as well. The clinical operations are located at the impressive UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where recent additions include a new Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) , Birthing Suites, Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute, new Surgical and Emergency Services Pavilion, complete with a separate Pediatric Emergency Room suites and new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
Our residency program is multifaceted and designed to provide pediatricians-in-training with a variety of experiences. The program is particularly well known for its emphases on academics, teamwork, stimulation of inquisitiveness, and a free exchange of ideas and concepts in both formal and informal teaching settings. Residents who have successfully matched with our program come from a variety of backgrounds and literally from all over the country.
Teaching is provided by faculty members representing 14 designated areas of expertise as well as by volunteer clinical faculty, our two chief residents and other senior residents. The program is based primarily at the UC Davis Children's Hospital, part of the UC Davis Medical Center. The UC Davis Children's Hospital is recognized by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) as an Institutional member and provides a full complement of services for the care of children throughout Northern California, western Nevada and southern Oregon. Transport of ill children is accomplished by a team of trained professionals via fixed wing, helicopter or by use of our UC Davis Children’s Hospital ambulance. Other training sites for our residents include a variety of ambulatory experiences at community hospitals and practicing pediatricians' offices as well as at the Shriners Hospital for Children, which is the largest and most complete Shriners Hospital in the country. This Shriners Hospital is located on the UC Davis Medical Center campus, literally 5 minutes from the main hospital. Other popular areas of child health-related education for residents include a variety of pediatric subspecialty electives, time for international health electives and a child advocacy rotation.
In addition to clinical care, child-health-related research – both clinical and basic science – is a major thrust of the Department of Pediatrics. Residents are encouraged to participate in these studies, utilizing a wide range of faculty mentors. A competitive grant process is available on a yearly basis for Resident scholars wishing to perform research mentored by our faculty. Time is made available for such pursuits during research electives in residency.
In my view, in addition to preparing residents to be expert and caring pediatric physicians, residency should also provide trainees with enough senior mentors, potential role models, and training "experiences" to help our graduates make informed future career choices. At UC Davis there is a strong personal investment of the faculty in our housestaff and their education. In addition to an assigned faculty advisor, most residents "accumulate" several faculty members along the way as associate advisors and mentors. It is with this tradition in mind that the Department of Pediatrics continues to be proud of its faculty and its comprehensive academic pediatric residency program.
Anthony F. Philipps, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Professor and Chair