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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Combined internal medicine/psychiatry residency training FAQ

Why choose an internal medicine/psychiatry residency?

Successful completion of any combined training program allows for more professional flexibility and creativity over the course of a career.  As an internal medicine/psychiatry physician, you will be trained in three specialties:  internal medicine, psychiatry and the integration of internal medicine and psychiatry.  You will be part of a relatively small group of clinicians who can practice all three areas of medicine and provide much needed comprehensive internal medicine/psychiatry care to your patients.

Why complete my med/psych training at UC Davis?

Whether you apply now or several years from now, this program is an ideal fit for innovative residents with strong leadership skills. 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, and the psychosomatic fellowship all complement each other and, although different in many ways, share the common goals of providing excellent integrated care for patients and training residents who have interest in this field of medicine. Moreover, we are fortunate to have a diverse and talented group of residents in our combined programs and we look forward to steady growth over the next several years.

 The development of the UC Davis internal medicine/psychiatry program has been a work in progress for several years. Among residency training programs nationwide, we currently have one of the highest numbers of combined trained faculty and continue to actively recruit physicians who are dedicated to clinical care and medical education. We also have established outpatient and inpatient clinical sites specifically designed to accommodate internal medicine/psychiatry training. The UC Davis internal medicine/psychiatry program is fully supported by the university and medical center, financially secure and poised to continue as a leader in internal medicine/psychiatry patient care, research and education.

What is it like living in Sacramento, CA?

As California's capital city, Sacramento is on the move, serving up a diverse menu of outdoor activities, cultural events and nightlife. The city is racially and ethnically diverse, considered by Time magazine and the Civil Rights Project as the most racially integrated major city in America. In addition to the obvious benefits of a rapidly expanding and diverse patient population, Sacramento is a very livable city. 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 other waterways) 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. Sports fans in Sacramento can cheer on their favorite local team, whether it's at the basketball arena or baseball park. From NBA basketball at Sacramento Kings games to home-run excitement with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, there's something for everybody.
  • Cultural connections. With professional ballet, opera and theatre 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. Join the nightclub crowd in downtown Sacramento, or keep the beat with salsa dancers stirring it up in the clubs. 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 at UC Davis provides two performance venues for local, national and international performances.
  • Outdoor living. Most of the year, Sacramento's sunny days and and mild evenings provide plenty of reasons to step outside and enjoy the weather. Sacramento is a Tree City, USA, in recognition of the beauty and density of the 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, experience Sacramento's waterfront pioneer days while you dine on the Delta King riverboat, or ride on a California State Railroad Museum steam-powered train excursion. Further afield, Sacramento is surrounded by some of the region's most beautiful and popular scenic vistas.

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 the the ERAS application.  For more information, please contact:

Morgan Luthi
Training Programs Manager