UC Davis School of Medicine is a distinctive place with a deep commitment to improving the health of our local and global communities. We offer many unique clinical and outreach experiences for our students, including seven UC Davis affiliated student-run clinics, several international rotations and tailored research opportunities. We strive to foster a supportive, inclusive learning environment where everyone can thrive.
Our medical school offers a number of innovative initiatives in medical education that are designed to improve the health of California’s diverse communities, especially in rural areas or historically medically under-resourced communities experiencing physician shortages.
We recently launched a new collaborative pre-med pathway program for community college students, AvenueM, to address the shortage of primary care physicians in California’s rural, medically under-resourced areas. AvenueM is one of several of our innovative pathway programs created to help diversify California’s physician workforce to advance health equity and improve the overall health of our diverse communities statewide.
The Office of Student and Resident Diversity works to create an environment of inclusion and respect, and actively recruits and fosters the development of a physician workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our world. The office offers several community outreach programs for K-12 students and undergraduate and community college students to help cultivate an early interest in medicine and science.
The Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce leads research focused on recruiting, training and retaining a diverse health care workforce to advance health equity in our communities. The center engages in research, shares findings, promotes best practices, and works to create partnerships and programs that advance educational opportunities in under-resourced communities.
The Center for Reducing Health Disparities promotes the health and well-being of diverse communities through research, training, continuing education, and technical assistance within a prevention, early intervention and treatment framework.
A lot of our patients, when we see them in clinic, we’re only helping one at a time, and when you get involved in health policy, you’re helping like hundreds, if not thousands of patients all at once, by reducing some of those barriers they face.
We offer campus tours for students who are interested in careers in medicine and for current American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) applicants. To see our Sacramento campus, meet our medical students, and learn how we support our community, please visit our tour information page.