NEWS | May 3, 2013

UC Davis recognized as a top school for family medicine


The American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) has recognized UC Davis School of Medicine as one of the nation’s top 10 schools for graduating medical students who go on to family medicine residencies.

The AAFP Top Ten Award is given each year to medical schools that foster student interest in family medicine and produce graduates who enter the specialty, which focuses on providing continuous, comprehensive and preventive care in the context of family and community.

Jeff Cain, president of the AAFP, recognized this year’s winners for their commitment to meeting the nation’s need for family physicians.

AAFP Award
Suzanne Eidson-Ton (second from left) received UC Davis School of Medicine's recognition as a top medical school for family medicine. She is picture with (left to right) Shelly Henderson, assistant clinical professor and associate director of medical student education, UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine; Jeff Cain, president, American Academy of Family Physicians; and Tom Balsbaugh, associate clinical professor and residency program director, UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine.

“I commend them, their leadership and their faculty for helping ensure that Americans have access to the care they need,” said Cain.

According to the AAFP, nearly 16 percent (based on a three-year average) of UC Davis School of Medicine graduates entered family medicine residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Suzanne Eidson-Ton, associate professor of family and community medicine and director of UC Davis Rural PRIME (Program in Medical Education), was on hand to receive the award today at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine spring conference in Baltimore.

“UC Davis has a long tradition of providing an encouraging and academically excellent learning environment for students interested in family medicine,” said Eidson-Ton. “This award recognizes our commitment to help expand the numbers of physicians in the U.S. who are in the best position to improve the health of individuals, their families and their broader communities while controlling health-care costs.”

Interest in primary care, which includes family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics, has increased among UC Davis medical school graduates. For the most recent class, nearly half chose residencies in a primary-care specialty, representing the largest percentage since 2002. The school is also recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best medical schools in the nation for the quality of its primary-care education programs.

The AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide and is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. The association preserves and promotes the science and art of family medicine and ensures high-quality, cost-effective health care for patients of all ages. For more information, visit

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