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Department of Family and Community Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine


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Throughout his career, George Snively, M.D., was a dedicated clinician and researcher with a passion for training the next generation of primary care clinicians. In 1973, he was appointed Professor of Family Practice in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, and in 1980 was appointed the Chair of the Department. He provided outstanding leadership in the Department during the formative years of this new discipline of Family Practice. He was committed to the education of family physicians and family nurse practitioners/physician assistants, and was successful in recruiting faculty members with outstanding clinical, teaching and research skills.

To honor her husband and his passion for primary care and medical education after his death, his wife, Dr. Suzanne Snively, established the "George Snively Visiting Professorship in Family Medicine." Over the years, the Snively Professorship has provided wonderful opportunities for our faculty, residents, FNP/PA students and medical students to interact with some of the country's finest academic physicians.

Snively Visiting Lectureship in Family Medicine


Listen to the Capital Public Radio interview by our Snively speaker - Dr. Fernandez


Health Care Disparities 15 Years After Unequal Treatment

Alicia Fernandez, M.D.
Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco and a General Internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General

Dr. Fernandez

It has been 15 years since publication of the Institute of Medicine report, Unequal Treatment, brought health care disparities to national attention. This large evidence review found that U.S. racial and ethnic minorities receive lower quality of health care services, even when controlled for insurance status, income and other factors. Dr. Fernandez, will share advances, challenges, and unexpected developments in the journey toward better health care for all.

Alicia Fernandez, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine at UCSF, health equity researcher and a general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General where she practices primary care medicine and attends on the medical wards. Her research is in health and health care disparities, with a focus on diabetes, Latino health, immigrant health, and language barriers.
At UCSF, Dr. Fernandez serves as the health equity leader of the SOM Differences Matter initiative. She also directs UCSF PROF-PATH, an academic career and research training program for URM students and students focused on health disparities research; is co-PI of RISE (NHLBI R25HL126146), a national training program in implementation science for URM faculty; and core-PI of SF BUILD (U54MD009523) a joint capacity building program between UCSF and San Francisco State University.
A member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, she received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Professorship for Humanism in Medicine (2009-2013). Since 2014, Dr. Fernandez has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Academy of Science Roundtable on Health Literacy. She is co-editor of the Lange Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved Patients textbook. Dr. Fernandez received her BA at Yale, her MD at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her residency, chief residency and fellowship at UCSF.

Please join us for a thought-provoking evening with Alicia Fernandez, M.D.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 5:00 Heavy Appetizer Reception - 5:30 Presentation

The event is free and open to the public at the UC Davis Cancer Center Auditorium
4501 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
Free parking will be available in Lot 4, located at 45th Street and X Street

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March 13, 2018: Ted Epperly, MD President and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, provided an inspiring discussion of the role of primary care in the health and health care of our communities. Click here to view Dr. Epperlys' presentation.
February 6, 2018: Ronald Epstein, MD, Professor of Family Medicine with Tenure, Psychiatry and Medicine, Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research, University of Rochester School of Medicine. His informative talk, Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity. Click here to view Dr. Eptein's’s presentation.
January 9, 2018:  Jerome Kassirer, M.D.., Tufts University, School of Medicine, Boston, MA.and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, New England Journal of Medicine  Title: Three Personal Stories, their Unanticipated Outcomes and their Revelation for Academic Medicine. Please click here to see the video.
November 14, 2017:  John Ioannidis, M.D., DSc C.F., Rehnborg Professor in Disease Prevention, Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy, of Statistics and of Biomedical Data Science, and Co-Director, Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), Stanford University.  Biomedical Research: the false and the true, the waste and the useful (click here to see a video of this presentation)
March 7, 2017: Peter V. Lee, Executive Director of Covered California, joined the UC Davis community to share Lessons Learned from the Affordable Care Act Implementation in California. His presentation described the development of policy, benefit design, marketing and regulation of our state’s health benefit exchange, an effort that lowered California’s uninsured rate from 17% to 7%. Click here to view Mr. Lee's presentation.
November 1, 2016: Nadine Burke-Harris, MD, MPH, CEO and Founder of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, provided an inspiring discussion of adverse childhood experiences and their impact on health. Click here to view Dr. Burke-Harris' presentation.
February 23, 2016: Michael LeFevre, MD, MSPH, Future of Family Medicine Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine. His informative talk, Postacards from the Edge: Science Confronts Practice, explored the challenges when scientific evidence contradicts traditional clinical practices. Click here to view Dr. LeFevre’s presentation.
November 4, 2014:  Denise V. Rodgers, M.D., Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs in Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, she also serves as the Hunterdon Chair in Interprofessional Education at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  (click here to see a video of the presentation)
April 22, 2014: Joseph Kvedar, M.D.  Founder and Director, Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare
April 17, 2012:  Anthony Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment.  
November 20, 2013:  Bechara Choucair, M.D., Commissioner  for Chicago Health, presented "Transforming the Health of the Community". (click here to see video of the presentation)
February 28, 2012:  David Ansell, M.D., MPH, Professor, Rush University Medical Center, author of "COUNTY: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital", Academy Chicago Publishers; First Edition (May 31, 2011). Please click here to see video of the presentation.
October 11, 2011:   Richard Deyo, M.D.Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR. Title: A billion here, a billion there…Is Medical Overuse Crippling the U.S.?  Please click here (PDF) for Dr. Deyo's presentation.
April 14, 2011:  Robert Berenson, M.D.The Urban Institute, Washington, DC. Title: Prospects for Primary Care Payment Improvement: Good Policy Meets Political Reality. Please click here (PDF) for Dr. Berenson's presentation, and here to see the video.
January 18, 2011:  Robert Reid, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA.  Title: Reinvigorating Primary Care in the Form of the Patient Centered Medical Home. Please click here (PDF) to view a handout of Dr. Reid's presentation, and here to see the video.
November 3, 2010Kevin Grumbach, M.D., UC San Franciso, Department of Family & Community Medicine, San Franciso, CA. Title: Health Care Reform and the Future of Primary Care (click here to see video of the presentation)


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