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A sampling of recent major achievements and developments from UC Davis Health and the UC Davis School of Medicine. For more listings and news, please visit our newsroom and follow us on social media.

Top-10 in the U.S. for primary care training

Schools of medicine and nursing listed among nation’s best

UC Davis School of Medicine students

The UC Davis School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis continue to rank among the best graduate schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

According to the publication’s 2023 rankings, the School of Medicine earned three rankings in the national Top 10: 3rd in diversity, 7th in family medicine and 8th for primary care.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing’s master’s-degree nursing programs now rank 23rd in the nation, up one spot from last year’s rankings. For the first time, the Master of Science — Family Nurse Practitioner program is ranked No. 7.

This is the second consecutive year the School of Medicine was included in the top five for diversity among its students, and it was the only medical school in the top five for diversity on the West Coast. The medical school also landed No. 19 in public health.

“This national recognition is a testament to both the faculty and students at these two schools of health, and demonstrates our commitment as an academic health system to prepare the providers of tomorrow, so they will deliver exceptional care and advance health equity for our patients and communities,” said David Lubarsky, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.S.A., CEO of UC Davis Health and vice chancellor of human health sciences.

School of Medicine breaks new record for NIH research funding

In 2021, the UC Davis School of Medicine achieved a new record of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding with more than $194 million in grants, an increase of about $13 million over the previous year.

The latest Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research ranking placed UC Davis among the nation’s leading medical schools for NIH funding. It ranked the school 33rd nationally, three spots above its 2020 ranking.

Eight departments ranked in the top 20 nationally in their respective fields. The UC Davis Departments of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and Emergency Medicine scored the highest funding in their respective fields among all University of California medical centers.

“We’re proud of our researchers across all disciplines who, amidst the pandemic, remained at the forefront of finding answers to medicine’s toughest questions,” said Susan Murin, M.D., M.Sc., M.B.A., interim dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Ranked among the world’s best hospitals

Newsweek has named UC Davis Medical Center to its annual list of the “World’s Best Hospitals,” placing it 33rd in the U.S. and among the top 150 globally. It was the only hospital in the Sacramento region to earn recognition in 2022 in the ratings, which tap surveys of medical experts, patient surveys, and data.

National LGBTQ+ health care honors

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has designated UC Davis Medical Center an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader as part of the foundation’s 2022 Healthcare Equality Index report. This is the 11th consecutive year that the group has recognized the medical center for advancing LGBTQ+ equity among its patients and employees. The medical center again earned a perfect score of 100 points by fully achieving the foundation’s criteria for excellence.

One of the best employers in California

UC Davis Health was 12th on Forbes’ fall 2021 ranking of best employers in California, based on a survey that included questions about safety of the workplace and employers’ openness to telecommuting — important factors amid a pandemic. Additionally, it was the top-ranked employer in the “health care and social” sector.