This medical school admitted its first class in 1968. Its
educational goal is to provide students with a medical
knowledge base that enables them to choose to pursue
a career in primary care, specialty practice, public
health, research, or administration. While most of the
facilities necessary for earning the medical degree are
located on the University of California Davis campus,
most of the school’s clinical space is at the UC Davis
Medical Center in Sacramento.
4-year semimodern. The curriculum seeks to provide a
Consists of the introductory basic medical sciences,
immunology, and general pathology. These are combined with social sciences, an introduction to the art of
communicating with patients, and clinical medicine.
Second year: Provides for a transition between basic
and clinical sciences with the presentation of pathology,
nutrition, pharmacology, microbiology, human sexuality, pathological basis of disease, and physical
diagnosis, as well as laboratory diagnostic techniques
and community health. Third year: Consists of clerkship rotations in the major specialties, maternal and
child health, and psychiatry. Fourth year: Electives and
elective clerkships, with required courses in medical
ethics, medical economics, and medical jurisprudence.
Minority admissions: An active recruitment program is
A2-week summer prematriculation program is offered.
Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs
are offered in a wide variety of disciplines including
biomedical engineering, biophysics, endocrinology,
genetics, nutrition, and psychology. The MD-MPH
degree program is offered through the UC Berkeley
School of Public Health, the UC School of Medicine
Requirements include the basic premedical science
courses plus 1 year each of English and mathematics
that includes integral calculus. First preference goes to
residents and next to WICHE applicants. Transfer and
advanced standing: Currently enrolled students in
good standing at U.S. or Canadian medical schools may
apply for admission to the third year of study. Applications are considered on a space available basis.
Pass/Not Pass first 2 years; Honors, Pass, Fail 3rd
and 4th years. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory in elective
courses. At the end of each year, the medical school’s
Promotion Board evaluates each student’s record. Students must record a passing total score on Step 1 of the
USMLE for promotion to the third year and record a
score on Step 2 to graduate.
Teaching: The basic sciences are taught at the Medical
Sciences I complex in Davis. Clinical facilities are provided by the University Medical Center (523 beds),
which has over 100 specialty clinics. Other: Clinical
instruction also takes place at a number of affiliated
hospitals and family practice centers. In 2006 the medical school will relocate to a new single campus in
Sacramento opposite UC Medical Center. Library:The
of Medicine and has more than 142,000 volumes and
3700 periodicals. The library has terminal access to
MEDLINE, an on-line retrieval system for medical periodical information. A branch library is operated at the
housing is available at residence halls for unmarried students; a number of 1- and 2-bedroom units are available
for married students.