Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose an internal medicine/psychiatry residency?

As an internal medicine/psychiatry physician, you will be trained in three specialties: internal medicine, psychiatry and the integration of internal medicine and psychiatry. This relatively small group of clinicians find themselves as leaders and innovators, providing comprehensive care to complex patients.

Why complete my med/psych training at UC Davis?

UC Davis has a long tradition of support for programs that integrate general medicine and psychiatry. The Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency program, Family Practice/Psychiatry Residency program, Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship and the Psychosomatic Fellowship all complement each other. Although different in many ways, they contribute to a strong community that shares the goals of providing excellent care for patients and training future leaders in this field of medicine.

What is it like living in Sacramento?

As California's capital, Sacramento is on the move, serving up a diverse menu of outdoor activities, cultural events and nightlife. The city is considered one of the most racially integrated major cities in America. The standard of living is higher, and the cost of living is lower when compared to California's other heavily populated regions — the Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay area.

Recreational opportunities

Sacramento's climate is ideal for persons seeking an active lifestyle. Horseback riding, golf and tennis are year-round activities. If you like the water, two major rivers (and numerous lakes) are available for swimming, fishing, boating and rafting. Or set out on foot if you prefer hiking, camping, or rock climbing. The 30-mile American River Bike Trail is a riverfront paved path popular with cyclists, runners and leisurely-paced walkers.

Sports on tap

From NBA basketball at Sacramento Kings games in the brand new Golden One Center to home-run excitement with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats ($2 beers and hot dogs on Thursdays), there's something for everybody.

Cultural connections

With professional ballet, opera and theater companies, along with extensive dining options, art galleries and museums, Sacramento offers plenty of entertainment.  In the evenings, find everything from DJs spinning hip-hop to bands playing original tunes.  Explore local wineries and savor new cuisines.  If you like a street fair atmosphere, try the monthly Second Saturday arts event.  The Crocker Art Museum, with its impressive collection and extensive space for touring exhibits, is the region's visual arts hub.  The Mondavi Arts Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis provides two performance venues for local, national and international performances.

Outdoor living

Sacramento's mild climate provides plenty of reasons to step outside and enjoy the weather, it is one of the top 3 sunniest cities in the United States.  Sacramento is known as “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” due to its proximity to agriculture, and there are 30 farmers markets in the region!  Sacramento is also recognized as a “Tree City” in recognition of the beauty and density of its tree canopy. The City of Sacramento has an extensive park system, providing more than a thousand acres of green space and natural habitat.  In Old Sacramento, you can dine at the riverfront, experience pioneer days, or take a ride on a riverboat or steam-powered train.

How do I apply to the program?

Applications for PGY-1 positions will be accepted through ERAS . At least four letters of recommendation, medical school transcript, USMLE/COMLEX scores and a letter from your medical school Dean of Student Affairs are required. Please refer to the IMG requirements if you are an international medical school graduate. An Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Supplement is required in addition to the ERAS application.

For more information, please contact:
Morgan Luthi
Training Programs Manager
E-mail: mluthi@ucdavis.edu