Combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residents
I moved to sunny California after spending most of my life in the Midwest. I could not be happier with my choice to come to the UC Davis Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Program! At UC Davis, there is an excitement and commitment toward combined training that you won’t find anywhere else. One of the biggest factors in my decision to come to UC Davis was the confidence that here, I would receive the best training available. Both the Medicine and Psychiatry Departments are phenomenal, and I was amazed by the high caliber of residents and faculty I met while visiting. I also really liked the fact that there were 5 dually trained faculty involved in resident education. Above all, I chose UC Davis because of the people... OK, and because I really like California! Nowhere will you meet residents and faculty who are as friendly, helpful and passionate as they are at UC Davis. And nowhere will you be able to get to San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Napa and the Pacific Ocean, all within a few hours! For me, choosing a residency was about finding a place where I could train in a supportive environment, where people are happy and love what they do. I'm convinced there is no better place to be a combined resident than at UC Davis!
The support and culture of medicine and psychiatry combined training at UC Davis was just palpable during my interview days. Both the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry are very strong departments. Both completely support the UC Davis combined training program and the unique perspective that it offers. The diversity of opportunities available for resident training is not just reflected in the training sites but that of the population of patients from the greater Sacramento and central California area. The residents are well supported as reflected in their level of happiness and their professional/scholarly activities. Personally, I am very interested in the integration of outpatient care, which is a concept that I feel is truly unique to the combined medicine and psychiatry world, an idea that seems to be understood and practiced currently at UC Davis Medical Center. On a softer note, Sacramento is a very beautiful, quaint, and livable city. I could not have moved so far away from home for anything less!
Matthew Reed, M.D., M.S.P.H., PGY-4
There is a great deal of collegiality between the medicine, psychiatry, and med-psych residents. Weekly combined training conferences (in collaboration with the family/psych program) maintain a med/psych focus even while on an exclusively medicine or psychiatry rotation. Sacramento is a very diverse location in which to train. I have a particular interest in working with Russian-speaking immigrants.