Combined Family Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Training Program
The Combined Family Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Training Program at UC Davis is one of the oldest combined family medicine/psychiatry residency training programs in the nation. Starting in 1995, the goal of the program has been to develop a unique training experience for residents who are interested in dual board certification. The curriculum of the five-year program follows guidelines published jointly by the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology but also includes unique curriculum that integrates the two fields.
The objective of our combined training in family medicine and psychiatry is to produce physicians with broad-based training in both specialties and also to accommodate our individual residents’ specific interests within these two fields. As such, residents focus on outpatient community-based care of acute and chronic primary care and psychiatric illnesses from postpartum depression and attention deficit disorder to diabetes mellitus and somatoform disorders. They also become comfortable with inpatient medical care, inpatient psychiatric care, and emergency care in both fields. At the conclusion of training, graduates are eligible to sit for the board examinations of family and community medicine as well as psychiatry. Graduates of combined training may be expected to develop practices which take advantage of the joint-training experience, serve as consultants in liaison psychiatry or family practice, develop a career in international medicine or rural medicine, practice addiction medicine or be actively involved in research or administration in family medicine and psychiatry.
The combined program is a 60 month (five-year) experience coordinated jointly by the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Both are fully accredited residency programs at UC Davis. The combined program has been endorsed by the institutional Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Boards of Family Practice and Psychiatry and Neurology. Shannon Suo, M.D. is the training director in coordination with Kay Nelsen, M.D., training director of the Family and Community Medicine Residency Program.
If you are interested in an elective rotation to explore a possible career in integrated family and community medicine and psychiatry we offer a four-week elective rotation for fourth year medical students. If you are interested in learning more about our program, please feel free to contact us for details.
James Nuovo, M.D.
Residency Training Director and Curriculum Director
Family and Community Medicine