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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric Residency Program

2013 Department of Pediatrics Faculty and ResidentsThe UC Davis Department of Pediatrics Residency Program is a nationally-recognized program for training the future leaders of pediatrics and child health. Our mission is to train outstanding pediatricians who will serve as leaders in their communities and their profession and have a thorough understanding of the special health care needs of our nation's most precious resource – children.

We are located approximately 12 miles from the main UC Davis campus at UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento, California. Our residents have the opportunity to prepare for a breadth of interests in pediatrics, including research and public health. This website will introduce you to the unique characteristics of our program, and we hope you will contact us at with further questions.

The Pediatric Residency Program prides itself on innovation and advocacy. Our community-based child advocacy program, Communities and Health Professionals Together, is the recipient of two national awards and the residency leadership and faculty is committed to educational scholarship. We particularly encourage resident leadership and innovation. We provide numerous opportunities for residents to take leadership roles at UC Davis and encourage resident involvement in leadership in professional organizations.

We are based at the UC Davis Children's Hospital, a 129-bed tertiary care pediatric hospital that includes:

• The only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in the region
• The MIND Institute for neurodevelopmental research and care
• The Pediatric Telemedicine program
• The Virtual Center for educational simulation

UC Davis is the major referral center for a large geographic area including most of Northern California, Western Nevada, and Southern Oregon, and we are the only pediatric residency program in Northern California outside of the San Francisco Bay region. Our patient population reflects the ethnic diversity of the area providing unique challenges for residents caring for families with different cultural origins.

The majority of inpatient training occurs at the Children's Hospital, which includes:

• The pediatric ward
• Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) 
• Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
• Subspecialty consult services

Ambulatory training takes place in a variety of sites including the Resident Practice Group, WellSpace Health, Pediatric Emergency Room and Urgent Care Clinics, located on campus, as well as Kaiser practices, and Shriners Hospital for Children. Community-based education is located in diverse neighborhoods in Sacramento and Yuba counties.

Our program accepts twelve residents each year, giving our residency cohesiveness and close interactions between faculty and residents. The faculty is readily accessible with teaching occurring formally at lectures and conferences, and informally on the ward, in the clinics, or at the bedside. Conferences are designed to emphasize "evidence-based" learning strategies helping residents, and faculty alike, sharpen their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. One of our greatest strengths is the quality of the residents themselves, who have a long tradition of providing input into all aspects of training. Although we have several pediatric fellowship programs, residents primarily work directly with faculty.

Sacramento is the capitol of the State of California and presents many additional opportunities for advocacy, education, and an affordable lifestyle. Sacramento is an easily accessible, friendly, family-oriented city known for its strong neighborhoods and parks. Time Magazine called Sacramento the most diverse city in America, and Kiplinger Personal Finance named Sacramento as a 2008 Top 10 Best Cities to Live, Work, and Play. Also known as the City of Trees, Sacramento offers numerous outdoor and cultural activities and is in close proximity to Lake Tahoe and Napa Valley.

In order to provide residents the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and experiences to serve as leaders within their community and their profession, all residents complete a Scholarly Project  during residency.  Residents select their scholarly project in any of 4 focus areas: research, community advocacy, quality improvement and patient safety, or medical education.  Each resident will design and implement a scholarly project that will culminate in the preparation of an abstract and poster during their third year of residency. We look forward to preparing residents for a career that involves a lifetime of learning and unlimited possibilities.


Contact Us - Residency
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