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Summer 2018
Published quarterly by the Faculty Development and Diversity Program


  • The rewards of volunteering: Preceptors gain ‘experience to treasure’ at student-run clinics
  • Physician volunteers for transgender clinic - A conversation with Swati Rao
  • Profile of Bill Habicht - Educational technology director offers coaching and workshops
  • Kris Srinivasan encourages service on community boards
  • New Faculty Welcome - A welcome to new faculty colleagues
  • An update on Medi-Cal primary care - by Thomas Nesbitt

The Rewards of Volunteering

Preceptors gain 'experience to treasure' at student-run clinics

Spotlight IconNearly every weekend, after most conventional Sacramento-area medical clinics have closed for the week, more than a dozen dedicated physicians hit the road. They’re not vacation-bound. They’re heading to teach and practice medicine in a liberating environment, devoid of medical insurance and billing paperwork — one of the 11 UC Davis-affiliated student-run clinics. By the time they arrive at the clinic where they volunteer, they’re greeted by a welcoming group of patients, residents and students in the medical, nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs, as well as pre-med undergraduate patient advocates.

The student-run clinics, administered within the Office of Medical Education, benefit students as well as patients in specific population groups who have no other access to health care. The clinics have full schedules, but can’t open the doors without at least one attending physician preceptor on the premises. That’s why a group of medical students who serve as co-directors in the clinics are seeking additional faculty members to volunteer as preceptors.

Ed Dagang, Megan Byrne, Susanne Eidson-TonAbove: Ed Dagang and Megan Byrne;
inset photo: Suzanne Eidson-Ton

You will have the opportunity to meet incredible, resilient patients and train the next generation of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants — and we could really use your help,” urges a flier the students circulated. “We promise that you will have an experience to treasure.”
Suzanne Eidson-Ton, M.D., a professor of family and community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, agrees.

“In my UC Davis clinic I have so many responsibilities that make it hard to focus on students, whereas when I’m in the student-run clinic, I can really devote attention to interactions between students and patients,” said Eidson-Ton, who volunteers as a preceptor in the rural Knights Landing One Health Center, which is affiliated with the student-run Clínica Tepati.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with underserved patients who aren’t able to access the traditional medical care system — whether it’s because they work during the week, or travel to get care is challenging for them. I’m so inspired by the students and the patients,” said Eidson-Ton, director of the Rural-PRIME program.

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