University of California - Davis School of Medicine


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 balancedblendofbasicandclinicalsciences.Firstyear: 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.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: An active recruitment program is coordinatedbytheMedicalEducationStudentServices. 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 HealthSciencesLibraryislocatedadjacenttotheSchool 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 SacramentoMedicalCenter.Housing:Someon-campus housing is available at residence halls for unmarried students; a number of 1- and 2-bedroom units are available for married students.

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