Combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residents
Philippe Levy, M.D., PGY-1
I first learned about the internal medicine/psychiatry program as a UC Davis medical student, and I'm thrilled to continue my training here as a resident! I believe that combined training reflects a spirit of medicine that is both science and art, a way of thinking about medical pathology and the subjective experiences of our patients in a balanced and humanistic way. Deeply engrained in this style of thinking is a commitment to the underserved and in caring for some of the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our society. These individuals often have challenging medical issues in tandem with behavioral health needs that can lead to gaps in their care if both issues cannot be addressed simultaneously. When deciding to come to UC Davis, I immediately thought of the passionate commitments of the combined faculty towards these goals. I was also extremely impressed by the quality of medical education and support from residency leadership within both respective departments. I see my career moving forward as one characterized by varied patient care, interdisciplinary leadership, and teaching; I think that our residency program will be excellent preparation for any number of the types of practice that are possible with a combined residency. I hope that you consider our program!
Simone Lew, M.D., PGY-1
I am thrilled to join the UC Davis Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Program! While doing an away rotation at UC Davis last summer, I had the opportunity to work at a variety of clinical sites with several combined faculty members and residents. The residents at UC Davis are thoughtful, innovative, and passionate about their work, and the dedicated and talented faculty provide exceptional support and mentorship. I chose to do combined Med-Psych training because I plan to work in the correctional system where the incidence of co-morbid physical and psychiatric illness is higher than the general population. Medicine-Psychiatry is a rapidly growing field and UC Davis is at the forefront of this specialty. I know that I will receive exceptional, unparalleled training at UC Davis, and I am excited and honored to be a part of the Davis Med-Psych family! I am looking forward to living in beautiful Sacramento, and excited to partake in all the wonderful activities that this city has to offer with my amazing co-residents!
Eleasa Sokolski, M.D., PGY-1
The reason I chose UC Davis for my internal medicine/psychiatry residency was because of the incredible people! I spent a month at UC Davis during my fourth year of medical school rotating on the med-psych elective. The faculty members I met were extremely dedicated to integrated med-psych care and were wonderful teachers. The residents were so welcoming and supportive of one another- it was easy to feel the strong sense of community! The program also strongly advocates for resident interests in research, exploring subspecialties, and career choices. I knew that UC Davis was a place I could explore my many interests within medicine and psychiatry, and find a community of amazing people to spend the next 5 years with.
Morgan Clark-Coller, M.D., PGY-2
As a UC Davis combined internal medicine psychiatry resident, I plan to develop a unique yet highly demanded skill set for the service of patients with mental illness and significant medical disease. My research interests are in infectious disease in vulnerable populations, including the psychiatric population and in communities affected by disaster. Projects in preparation include a state-wide epidemiologic study of medical co-morbidities in patients presenting to medical centers with acute psychosis in Louisiana. I chose UC Davis for my training because I know I will get the mentorship and support to accomplish my professional goals.
Christine Kho, M.D., PGY-2
UC Davis is at the forefront of primary care and psychiatry, producing research and resources for clinicians across the country. Med-psych is a burgeoning field, and it's happening right here! Given my interests in health disparities among people with serious mental illness, integrated collaborative care, and cultural psychiatry, UC Davis was the best, next step in my medical career. While both the internal medicine and psychiatry departments are individually strong, the combined program offers the additional talent of numerous dually-trained faculty and a supportive setting that fosters creativity, research, and leadership among its residents. I look forward to the next five years at UC Davis!
Jeremy DeMartini, M.D., PGY-4
I am very happy I chose UC Davis! Our faculty are supportive with everything from exploring career paths to making treatment plans. My fellow combined residents are inspiring, humble, intelligent, and fun to be around! The people here make the challenges of residency not only manageable, but enjoyable. I have found the diversity of Sacramento to rival, if not exceed, large cities such as Los Angeles, where I went to medical school. We are fortunate here to learn from patients from a wide range of ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. We also work in many settings. In my first six months I rotated through the general medicine inpatient service, the academic outpatient medicine clinic, the intensive care unit, the county jail psychiatric unit, the addiction clinic at the VA, and the consult-liaison service. I can't think of a better way to do combined training. Thanks for taking a look at our program!
Chinonyerem Okwara, M.D., PGY-5
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 reflected not only in the training sites, but also in 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!
Resident Select Scholarly Activities and National Honors
American Psychiatric Association Leadership Fellow
American College of Psychiatrists PRITE Fellow
Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Fenton Outstanding Combined Resident Award
California Psychiatric Association Government Affairs Committee Member (invited as resident member)
Central California Psychiatric Society Resident Representative
American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting
Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting
American College of Physicians Annual Meeting
Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Annual Meeting
California Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting
Central California Psychiatric Society Annual Meeting
Medical disparities and preventive medicine
Integrated psychiatric residency education
Alcohol and substance misuse
Diabetes and depression
Pain and psychiatric illness
Somatic symptom disorder
Major depressive disorder (practice guidelines)
Hypertension and psychiatric illness
Cardiac disease and psychiatric illness
Cancer prevention and psychiatric illness