UC Davis School of Medicine: Building Community Leaders

(upbeat music) – [Female Speaker] Here at UC Davis, we have this incredible social mission. We create the physicians
that California needs. – We have accelerated programs that are designed to produce exceedingly well-trained
primary care physicians who have a commitment to the communities from whence they came. – The track programs create
a place where the students have a continual connection
to their home community. We bring in the students
who are from a community that really needs them, where
they wanna go back and work. We sort of think of them as spending their formative time here. We give them the skills
they need to then go back and work in that community. – When I first learned about UC Davis, I just thought, “Wow, how neat is it that a medical school is so interested in the health disparities in Central Valley, and the lack of healthcare access there”. That they want to, you know,
partner in this program to grow, essentially, their
own Central Valley providers. – When my family transitioned to America, and we settled down in Bakersfield, I started the ED, and hearing stories that families have to go to UCLA, or go to UCFS, or UC Davis, outside of Bakersfield. Why was this? We came here to America, one, for better access to care. – Growing up, my family and I didn’t know about what primary care was. And so I think that my
experience of not having that and seeing how much it impacted my family and my community, really drove me to want to be a part of that solution some way. (foreign language) – It was really hard to find
a doctor that spoke Spanish, and I saw that as an
issue as I was growing up here in California. – (mumbles) changes are typically right. – [Male Doctor] Correct, correct. – [Female Speaker] Students come in with just a wide array of talents. So we have this ability
to identify their talents, and then create different
types of opportunities for them as they go through. – So yeah, you’re feeling for crepitus. That’s the popping.
– Little bit of popping here. – A rural site is just you and the doctor, and that way you’re able to get one on one teaching, you
get a lot more hands on, a lot more attention. – There’s this understanding
from the get-go that you’re committed to primary care and everyone around you is committed to training you to be a
primary care provider. – They’re eager to teach and they wanna have you there. You show up, and you
know you have a place, and you know you have a role, and you know you have your patients. – We’re partnered with an attending, from the first
week that we’re in the program, and we essentially stay with
them through the three years in our outpatient clinic. So they really get to know
us, we get to know them. – We have collaborated
with Kaiser Permanente and with funding from the AMA to create this three year
primary care program. And in California, primary care is one of the biggest physician
shortages in the state. So, if we can train
students to do primary care, to then enter the primary
care workforce a year earlier, to markedly reduce their debt. – This is what this
program is for, you know. It’s for students like me
that know they wanna do it and just wanna get it done. – [Tyler] Going back to my community, I think it was both
refreshing and empowering. – Truly, that’s where I
think my commitment was, is in helping these communities be able to get the care that they need. – I think this program
is a very intentional nod towards the future of medical education. – There’s more than one
way to get into medicine, and there’s more than one
way to finish medicine. – If you know in your
heart that primary care is what you wanna do, there’s really no other program, that, in my opinion, is better than this. – And even though it’s
hard as I’m doing it, and there are days where
I’m questioning my sanity as to how hard this is, I don’t see myself doing anything else, and I
definitely don’t regret it.

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