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My FM Story

Jerri Davis, CHCP


With a Social Science degree and concentration in “Peace-War Studies,” my college experience didn’t include much exposure to local and state politics, so, fresh out of college I went to work for the California Medical Association (CMA) because they were the largest lobbying group in the state at the time. I wanted to find out more about state politics and whether or not I’d like to work at the State Capitol in Sacramento. I was amazed at all of the legislation that impacted medicine and CMA members, and even more amazed at how the different specialties varied when it came time to debate legislation. We’d gather during the legislative session in the Old Host Hotel at the Sacramento Airport and I’d witness those physicians articulate their opinions on many important topics. This was when I fell in love with family medicine. I wish I could remember his name, but I certainly remember his impassioned pleas for support of public health issues and continuous focus on how the issues of debate impacted patients and communities, not just physicians. Aside from a three-and-a-half-year stint working for architects, and a break to raise my young children, my entire professional life has been devoted to family medicine. I consider myself very fortunate to work with and for such smart, talented, caring and passionate people who embrace my values (the ones that drew me to a degree in Social Science in the first place) of public service, social justice, integrity and respect.