New Application Requirement for the 2021 Cycle

Students who are successful at the University of California Davis School of Medicine, share our commitment to improve lives and transform the health of the communities they will serve. They have a solid academic foundation, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrate professionalism.  To further enhance our holistic review process during the 2021 application cycle, we are strongly encouraging applicants to complete an online situational judgment test (SJT), administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to assess the pre-professional competencies that our admissions committee believes are essential for success at our medical school. If scores are ultimately shown to enhance our holistic process, we may consider them as one part of our admission decisions.

The AAMC SJT exam will be available in September 2020. For this application cycle, the AAMC SJT exam will be free and administered online using remote proctoring. Free preparation materials will be available in summer 2020 through the AAMC, including a practice test.     

We know that the process of researching and applying to medical schools can be stressful and time-consuming. The AAMC SJT exam is an opportunity for applicants to showcase personal and professional characteristics--beyond academic scores—that will make them a great fit for the University of California Davis School of Medicine.

We encourage you to review all our application requirements here.

Information about the AAMC SJT exam, including preparation materials, test registration, requests for accommodations, and important dates and deadlines is available here.

For more information related to the AAMC SJT, please visit our FAQ's (PDF).