About UC Davis School of Medicine
A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries, a passion for clinical care, and a commitment to caring for underserved communities – these are the hallmarks of UC Davis School of Medicine.
Our students are leaders who appreciate rigorous academic training balanced with hands-on experience and a strong desire to serve. Many of our faculty specialize in translational research, covering a wide range of areas, and are engaged in leading-edge, interdisciplinary collaborations within the UC Davis community and with other highly regarded institutions around the country.
Our school is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top schools in the nation for primary care training and research. Classrooms and lecture halls are directly across the street from UC Davis Medical Center, one of the nation’s premiere teaching hospitals, and many of the university’s research laboratories are also on the Sacramento campus and equally convenient.
Since its inaugural class of 1968, UC Davis School of Medicine has played a key role in advancing health in Northern California and beyond through the education of a diverse physician workforce, breakthrough research, outstanding patient care and a commitment to community service.
Highlights of the School of Medicine include:
- Hands-on patient care opportunities at nearby community health clinics;
- Coursework and a curriculum that reflect key societal issues — doctor-patient communication, ethics, clinical reasoning, end-of-life care, cultural competency, self-knowledge and the human side of illness;
- A multi-track Community Health Scholars program to train physician leaders of tomorrow to be better prepared to understand and serve the unique primary health care needs of California's rural, urban and agricultural communities.
- Dual-degree programs, including a master’s in public health that utilizes the extraordinary breadth of UC Davis expertise, from its schools of Veterinary Medicine, Management, Law, Education and Nursing to the colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science.
- Research-learning opportunities that ensure young physician-scientists become better skilled and knowledgeable in the translation of basic research discoveries into high-impact clinical applications that will benefit patients;
- Professional development and continuing medical education, with hundreds of seminars, workshops, on-site hospital training, distance learning, online classes, special lectures, and weekly and monthly grand rounds.