Message from the Chair
For over 40 years, the UC Davis Department of Family & Community Medicine has been dedicated to mentoring future clinicians to provide comprehensive, compassionate and patient-centered care for patients of both genders and all ages, within the context of family and the community. As family physicians, we are committed to fostering health and integrating health care services for the whole person by humanizing medicine and providing scientific, evidence-based, high quality care. We care for patients with acute and chronic problems, both in a clinic setting or in the hospital, when needed. We also manage preventive services for our patients, and can coordinate rehabilitative care and supportive care.
To fulfill its mission “To serve northern California by producing primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who provide care for all citizens, but especially those who are medically-underserved” the department was built on the three pillars that comprise a strong academic unit: comprehensive learning experiences, innovative research and outstanding clinical care.
Comprehensive Learning Experiences: The Department is recognized for its excellence in training medical students, residents, fellows, family nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with a curriculum that is considered both rigorous and innovative. Our educational programs constantly evolve and are designed to offer clinical training experiences that address the shifting health care priorities and needs of the community. Our faculty adapts the curriculum to incorporate the newest technologies and partners with pioneering educational programs to meet the needs of our diverse patient populations and to provide well-rounded training experiences for all learners. Our residents, fellows, family nurse practitioners and physician assistants are able to create personalized educational experiences that incorporate their clinical and community interests, such as additional training in sports medicine or added rotations in underserved areas.
Innovative Research: The Department has a core of experienced faculty researchers who have developed a national reputation for research excellence in such areas as: physician-patient communication, chronic illness care (collaborative /participatory care), health disparities, cancer, medical decision-making, and disease prevention. Our faculty members have an established track record in securing extramural funding and achieving success in publication and academic promotion. Several of the department’s current research and educational projects have been interdepartmental collaborations with faculty from such programs as: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, the Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and the Clinical and Translational Science Center.
Outstanding Clinical Care: Within the Health System, our clinical team provides care in the Family Practice Center (FPC), which has been widely recognized as a leader in implementing new and innovative approaches to care delivery. In 2003, our clinic began its transformation into what was to become a patient-centered medical home in which care is delivered by physician led interdisciplinary teams using advanced technology and incorporating the latest evidence. Clinic leaders have presented at multiple conferences on the new model clinic, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Annual National Forum and at the annual meeting for the California Association of Public Hospitals, where they received an award for improvements in patient experience. Clinic leaders work collaboratively with faculty to promote an interdisciplinary approach to care and help to develop and implement new training initiatives within the clinic.
We also provide learning opportunities outside of the FPC at both rural and urban community-based settings. Our current curriculum includes a rotation for all third year residents at the Salud Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). The Department of Family and Community Medicine also has established relationships with multiple rural practice sites through the UC Davis Rural-PRIME program, which is co-directed by FCM faculty member, Suzanne Eidson-Ton, M.D. Through this program, UC Davis has an established mutually beneficial partnership with five rural clinics in the surrounding areas.
I encourage you to peruse our website to learn more about the Department of Family and Community Medicine. If you have any questions, please call our office at (916) 734-2820 and we would be happy to help you in any way we can.
Klea Bertakis, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Chair