Resident Support Association

Why Join RSA?

Welcome to the UC Davis Medical Center Resident Support Association website!  RSA is an organization affiliated with UCDMC that supports resident and fellow families. 

RSA is a membership organization made up of a mixture of men and women working inside and outside of the home, families with or without children and parents-to-be. RSA’s focus is to provide support and a social outlet for spouses, significant others, and children of residents by offering a variety of social, intellectual, and recreational activities.

Residency life involves unique challenges and adjustments for the whole family.  RSA is here to help ease the adjustment into residency life by providing a supportive social network of people who understand these challenges through their own experiences. Our organization affords members a chance to meet and connect with other people who are dealing with similar challenges (crazy call schedule?!!).  

Here are a few benefits to joining RSA:


  • Access to event details listed in our group Calendar providing dates, times, and locations of all RSA events.  See our About Us section for a description of events.
  • Become familiar with the Sacramento area and what it has to offer including referrals for doctors, dentists, childcare, and other necessities.
  • A chance to help the community by participating in philanthropic projects. 
  • The chance to meet other people experiencing the same life situation (it isn’t always  easy and we know it!) and to create new lifelong friendships for you, your spouse, and your children!


We strive to meet the needs of all spouses, significant others, children, and residents, so whether you are new to Sacramento or a native Sacramentian, whether you have children or not, we have activities designed for you!  Feel free to check out our calendar of events.  Our membership fee is $25 for the year, and the membership form can be found on the Resources page of the website.  Please contact us if you have any questions!


Welcome to UCDMC!  We look forward to getting to know you!

-Shawna Wishy

RSA President



"Moving from the Midwest, my husband and I didn't know anyone in the Sacramento area.  Being in RSA is a great way to meet people in the area that are going through a similar experience and can relate to having a spouse going through residency." 
Katie, Surgery Spouse, 2018

"Coming from a military assignment where we experienced deployments and TDYs, I knew how important it was to surround myself and my family with support. RSA has been a fantastic group to help transition into residency and has turned into my family away from family. With playgroups, events and outings, I can always look forward to do something fun for myself and kids." - Stef, Surgery Spouse, 2019

"We moved here from Rochester, NY when my son Aidan was 2 1/2. We didn't know anyone in Sacramento and knowing that my husband was starting a rigorous 6 year residency was daunting for me. Meeting the RSA families at the Welcome Luncheon made me feel so much better. I suddenly had a built in group of other moms and kids to do stuff with. Residency is tough on a family and on a marriage. RSA gave us a strong group of good friends who were all going through the same thing and that sense of camaraderie amongst us helped so much.Upon joining RSA we all made wonderful friendships which allowed my husband to not feel guilty about working because he knew we had a network of support. RSA is a full support system for residents and their families and has been such a wonderful and rewarding experience for my family" - Erica, Plastic Surgery Spouse, 2017