NEWS | January 24, 2012

Family and Community Medicine Residency Program at UC Davis receives five-year accreditation and a commendation


The residency program for the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine has received accreditation for five years -- the maximum possible -- and a commendation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The organization evaluates and ensures excellence in post-graduate medical training programs in the United States using a rigorous peer-review process.

Dr. Balsbaugh (center) with family and community medicine residents copyright 2012 UC Regents. Dr. Balsbaugh (center) with family and community medicine residents copyright 2012 UC Regents.

"Our faculty, residents and staff are united in creating a successful learning environment for physicians in training," said Thomas Balsbaugh, residency program director and associate clinical professor of family and community medicine. "Our climate of professionalism and enthusiasm for helping residents connect with their passions as physicians played a strong role in the positive outcome of the accreditation process."

The notification letter commended the program, which has been continuously accredited since 1984, for its "substantial compliance with the ACGME's Requirements for Graduate Medical Education without citations."

"This accreditation represents a substantial achievement by the residency program, the department and the graduate medical education team," said Jim Nuovo, professor of family and community medicine and associate dean of Graduate Medical Education at the UC Davis School of Medicine. "It is very special when a program receives such a positive report, and it validates that the family and community medicine team provides a leading example of what residency programs can and should be in developing models of care and education that result in better health for all."

Under Balsbaugh's leadership, the residency program has earned a national reputation for excellence in mentoring the next generation of family medicine practitioners to provide high-quality, compassionate patient care. As principal investigator on the Song Brown Family Practice Residency Training Program and a number of other education grants, Balsbaugh is at the forefront of preparing health professionals to meet primary-care needs of diverse populations, especially the medically underserved.  In 2010, he and the residency program were featured on the PBS NewsHour about innovative approaches for addressing the nation's shortage of primary-care physicians.

In addition to Nuovo and Balsbaugh, the family and community medicine team involved in the accreditation process included Barbara Burton, residency program coordinator; Kay Nelsen, associate clinical professor and associate director of the residency program; and Huey Lin, associate clinical professor and assistant director of the residency program.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit