Matriculation in medical school is the beginning of an intensive, rigorous, and extended  process of education and enculturation into one of the most demanding of professions.  Successful completion of the requirements for graduation from medical school and the conferring of the degree of Doctor of Medicine, as well as those of post graduate medical education programs, require far more than just the mastery of a body of scientific knowledge and technical skills. Physicians in training must also consistently demonstrate that they possess the character traits essential to the ethical practice of medicine. A student or resident who excels in the acquisition of medical knowledge and the execution of clinical skills, but who does not consistently demonstrate an understanding of, appreciation for, and compliance with the standards of professionalism and academic integrity set forth in this document lacks essential elements of a medical professional.  

The UC Davis School of Medicine recognizes its obligation to the University of California, the profession of medicine, and the society of which we are a part, to insure that the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and certification of successful completion of a residency training program, is conferred only upon those who fully and completely meet the standards of  academic achievement,  integrity, and professionalism.

All members of the UC-Davis School of Medicine community are obligated to be aware of and subscribe to ethical values, codes, and standards of conduct which have been adopted at the level of the university, the Davis Campus, and the School of Medicine.

University of California Statement of Ethical Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct

Members of the University of California community are committed to the highest ethical standards in furtherance of our mission of teaching, research and public service. We recognize that we hold the University in trust for the people of the State of California. Our policies, procedures, and standards provide guidance for application of the ethical values stated below in our daily life and work as members of this community.

Pursuit of the University of California mission of teaching, research and public service requires a shared commitment to the core values of the University as well as a commitment to the ethical conduct of all University activities. In that spirit, the Standards of Ethical Conduct are a statement of our belief in ethical, legal and professional behavior in all of our dealings inside and outside the University.

Full Text:  UC Statement of Ethical Values and Standards (PDF)

University of California Code of Conduct for Students

Students are members of both society and the University community, with attendant rights and responsibilities. Students are expected to comply with all laws and with University policies and campus regulations.

Visit the Office of the President for full text.

UC Davis Principles of Community

The University of California, Davis, is first and foremost an institution of learning and teaching, committed to serving the needs of society. Our campus community reflects and is a part of a society comprising all races, creeds and social circumstances.

Visit The Principles of Community for full text.

Medical Student Pledge of Ethics

Similar to the Hippocratic and other oaths taken by those graduating from a medical school, the Medical Student Pledge of Ethics prepares students for the four years ahead of them. 

Full text:  Medical Student Pledge of Ethics (PDF)
This pledge is administered at the White Coat Ceremony during orientation week

Professionalism Statement

Professionalism in general is the expectation that you will abide by the standards expected of your chosen profession.  The practice of medicine requires the highest standards of personal and social responsibility.  These standards should be fostered during medical training as well as throughout practice. 

Full text:  Professionalism Statement (PDF)
This statement is signed by each student during orientation week.