Program Objectives

Upon completion of the UCR School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program, all residents will have the following skills:

Patient Care

Demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors.

Gather essential and accurate patient information.

Perform an appropriate, accurate, targeted physical exam.

Develop an appropriate differential diagnosis.

Make informed decisions based on information, scientific evaluation, and judgment.

Counsel and educate patients and families.

Prescribe and perform procedures.

Develop and carry out patient management plans.

Provide health maintenance and anticipatory guidance.

Work within a team.

Use information technology to optimize patient care decisions.

Medical Knowledge

Investigate and analyze to acquire knowledge and solve problems.

Know, apply, and teach basic and clinical science.

Practice-Based Learning & Improvement

Analyze practice experience and systematically improve it.

Locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from the research literature.

Obtain and use information about individual patients and local populations.

Apply, design, and use statistical methods to appraise studies.

Use information technology for lifelong learning.

Facilitate the learning of others.

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Communicate the create and sustain therapeutic relationships with patients.

Effectively listen, elicit, and provide information.

Communicate and team effectively with patients and families of diverse cultures and languages.

Work well with others as a member or leader of a health team or professional group.


Demonstrate altruism, respect, compassion, and integrity.

Demonstrate commitment to ethically sound practice (e.g., confidentiality, informed consent, quality, non-discrimination).

Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, age, sexual orientation, gender and disability issues.

Demonstrate responsiveness and accountability to patients, society, and the profession.

Systems-Based Practice

Understand interactions of the UCR Health Family Medicine Center and hospital with the larger health system.

Know how practice and delivery systems differ (cost, access, etc.).

Practice cost-effective care and resource allocation without quality loss.

Advocate for quality and help patients deal with the health care system.

Understand reciprocity of health care teams, organizations, and society.