Student Education Courses

The Department of Family and Community Medicine offers 20 courses (1 required, 19 electives) spanning all four years of medical school.  Courses have an emphasis on community-based preceptorships with excellent family physicians. 

Two electives are available to non-UC Davis students (marked with ▲).

We have five classes available to undergraduates on the main campus. They are:
• FAP 92C - Sec. 005 Primary Care Clinics (Imani)
• FAP 92C - Sec. 001 Primary Care Clinics (Tepati)
• FAP 192C - Sec. 005 Primary Care Clinics (Imani)
• FAP 192C - Sec. 001 Primary Care Clinics (Tepati)
• FAP 195 Health Care to Underserved Populations

Required Courses

FAP 430: Primary Care Clerkship (12 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
This clerkship is required for all third year medical students. It is an eight week clerkship with four weeks spent at a family physician's office and four weeks at an internal medicine physician’s office. Half-day seminars meet every Monday morning during the eight weeks. In this clerkship, students will learn to evaluate and manage health problems commonly encountered in a primary care setting and will also learn how health care in the community is related to social, cultural, educational, economic and environmental factors. Problem solving in the clinic setting will focus on realities imposed by limited time, financial and human resources.

Elective Courses

FAP 195: Health Care to Underserved Populations Lecture Series (1 unit)
(Winter and Spring)
This is a student-initiated and student-coordinated lecture series, which began in 1989. The lecture provides a forum to discuss the sociocultural perspective of the underserved populations in California and to familiarize students with the unique health care needs and demographics of these groups. It meets once a week at noon in Davis. Open to all medical students and undergraduates on the UC Davis campus.


FAP 401: Introductory Preceptorship in Family Medicine (3-9 units)
This preceptorship is traditionally taken by medical students during the break between their first and second years, and is the first opportunity to spend any length of time at a family physician's office. Students work in a family physician's office (1) learning common medical problems and clinical practice skills that are relevant to a family practice; (2) observing role models in family practice; and (3) making an initial assessment as to whether family medicine would be a personally and professionally rewarding career. Available primarily to second-year students during the summer between first and second year. Prerequisite MDS 411 A, B, and C.


FAP 405: The Healer’s Art (1 unit)
This course was developed more than 20 years ago by Dr. Rachel Remen, a physician well known for both her work with cancer patients and her many popular books ("Kitchen Table Wisdom" and "My Grandfather's Blessing" are two titles that come to mind).  The Healer's Art has grown in popularity since its inception and is now taught world wide and at over 50 US medical schools.


The goal of the course is to remember the human qualities that brought all of us to medicine and to learn ways to nurture these qualities throughout our careers. The course is all about you, the students, and the faculty function only as facilitators and not as supervisors or evaluators. This is an evening class which begins in mid-February, and continues about every other week through early April for a total of 5 sessions.  There is no homework and there are no examinations.  Students who attend all 5 sessions will receive a passing grade and course credit. Available to first-year students.


FAP 411: Selected Studies of Systems for Chronic Illness Care. (3 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
FAP 411 is a two-week senior rotation developed for the student interested in primary care.  The emphasis is to examine chronic conditions in collaboration with other components of the Patient-Centered Medical Home.  Assigned reading will cover the public health aspects of chronic conditions, as well as the policy implications from the financial resources allocated to addressing these conditions.  Students will participate in diabetic group visits; meet with a programmer from the health system to review the development and utilization of patient registries.  Students will participate in the family medicine weight management clinic.  Finally, students will visit the employee wellness program of SMUD and examine the role of workplace contributions to addressing chronic conditions. Available to fourth-year students.


FAP 434: Clínica Tepati (3-6 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
Clínica Tepati is a student-run clinic which has provided free primary health care services to the uninsured population of Sacramento and the surrounding area since 1974. The clinic was founded by a highly motivated group of Chicano/Latino students to address the need for culturally sensitive care for the underserved Latino population of Sacramento. The clinic is located in downtown Sacramento. Tepati is a Nahuatl word meaning, "healing".  Available to all students.


FAP 435: Imani Clinic (3-6 units)
Imani Clinic is a student-run clinic which began in 1994. Its mission is to provide quality health care in a culturally sensitive environment. The clinic began after a decade of student efforts from the Student National Medical Association, and leadership from the African-American medical students and undergraduates of the UC Davis campus. Imani Clinic is located in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento. lmani is a Swahili word meaning "Faith".  Available to all students.


Both Imani Clinic and Clínica Tepati are open on Saturdays and are staffed by volunteer medical students who work under the supervision of physician preceptors. Medical students gain experience in the establishment and organization of a clinic, perform health screening procedures, give physical examinations, carry out basic laboratory testing procedures and develop proficiency in patient evaluations, interviewing and counseling. Students may enroll in this course during all four years of medical school. Students also have the option of auditing the clinics each quarter and must fill out the green elective approval forms to audit. This provides them with malpractice insurance, but does not commit them to a regularly scheduled weekend course. Student directors are chosen to provide leadership for the clinics. Open to all medical students. Undergraduate students must go through an interview process with the clinic boards. All participating students are from diverse cultural backgrounds.


FAP 436: Shifa Continuity Clinic in Primary Care (3 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
Learn counseling, diagnosis and treatment of patients with chronic and acute disease under supervision of physician. This course provides exposure to special health care needs of various ethnic and poverty-level populations.  Students must work at the clinic at least 100 hours over 13-20 weeks for 3 units or 2 weeks of patient care credit or >50 hours over 8-12 weeks for 1.5 units or 1 week of patient care credit. Available to fourth-year students.


FAP 444: Advanced Preceptorship in Family Medicine ▲ (3-18 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
The Advanced Preceptorship in Family Medicine is an educational experience in which a medical student spends a block of time with one or more physician preceptors in a family medicine setting. The primary goal of the preceptorship is to develop the student's knowledge and skills with common medical problems.  The preceptorship in a community site is also an important means by which the student will see the family physician as a role model, and will experience the scope and flavor of family medicine. Available to fourth-year students.


FAP 450: CAM in Family and Community Health (3-18 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
This is a course intended to give academic credit for complementary and alternative medicine courses offered at other institutions. Subject matter may include various aspects of integrative medicine, including but not limited to: botanicals, homeopathy, mind/body, naturopathy, nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, osteopathy, and energy medicine. Not available at the UC Davis Medical Center. Available to UC Davis students only.


FAP 460: Geriatrics in Community Health (3 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
FAP 460 offers medical students an opportunity to explore the relationship between hospital/clinic based geriatric medicine and the many community facilities and organizations that provide critical support for this vulnerable group of patients. The student’s time is spent in half day or full day blocks, making home visits and going on nursing home rounds with physician specialists, and visiting a variety of UCD clinics and community facilities including the Alzheimer's Clinic, Geriatric Pharmacy Clinics and Adult Day Healthcare programs.  Students have ample unscheduled time to read the course syllabus of reproduced chapters and articles, leaving nights and weekends free for other pursuits.  Student evaluations of this rotation over the years are consistently good to excellent (4-5 on a 5 point scale).  Taking this clerkship will be especially helpful to those students contemplating a career in adult primary care or psychiatry. Available to fourth-year students.

FAP 468: International Preceptorship in Family Medicine (3-12 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
Students work with a family physician in a foreign country (arranged by student or with the assistance of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Predoctoral Education Program). Students will actively participate in clinic activities, and analyze and report characteristics of the practice. Students must be providing general medical care to people in a variety of age groups.  Students should also provide documentation showing how much of the time they will be working with generalists, focus topic(s) and activities of the rotation, etc.  Available to second- through fourth-year students.


FAP 469: Inpatient Acting Internship in Family Medicine ▲ (3-12 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
The goals of the Inpatient Acting Internship rotation are:
(1) to experience a typical Family Medicine inpatient ward similar to what you might encounter in practice; (2) to learn to manage common conditions for which Family Medicine patients are hospitalized; (3) to learn from being primarily responsible for decision-making about patient care and management alongside the patient's Family Physician; (4) to practice patient-centered care and effective communication skills in order to understand the patient's psychosocial context and the impact of their illness and the hospitalization on their lives; (5) to develop effective patterns of practice through the appropriate use of evidence-based investigations and treatments, consultations, team resources, and discharge planning; (6) to work with the various team members to learn support services available in the hospital and community that can help manage patients in hospital, facilitate discharge, and maintain them at home.  Available to fourth-year students.


FAP 470: Inpatient Clinical Elective in Family Medicine (3-12 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
This course expects students to increase their understanding of family medicine and patient care in inpatient and outpatient settings.  It intended for UC Davis Medical Students for away inpatient rotations at any site that is not located at an LCME-accredited university hospital or at a UC Davis Network of Affiliated Family Medicine Residency Programs site. Available to fourth-year students.


FAP488: Selected Studies in Family Medicine (1-9 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
Students receive exposure to family practice by spending time with a community physician or faculty preceptor. This elective may include the following:  assigned readings in family practice to increase understanding on selected topics relating to family medicine and primary health care delivery; visits to and written analysis of selected health care programs; and, medical language electives. Available to all students.


FAP499: Research in Family Medicine (1-12 units)
(Offered all Quarters)
Research in various aspects of primary care. Family medicine faculty may be consulted for particular subject areas. Available to all students. Students can initiate their own projects or participate with ongoing research work if available.