Why Choose UC Davis?
Year after year, UC Davis continues to show why it’s one of the nation’s leading public universities and a top research institution. UC Davis Health is a hub of innovation where students, trainees, faculty and staff are devoted to sharing knowledge and providing the highest quality care. Our academic health center includes oupatient clinics in 17 locations, in addition to the following:
Consistently ranked as Sacramento’s No. 1 hospital, UC Davis Medical Center serves 33 counties in Northern and Central California. The 625-bed acute-care teaching hospital encompasses UC Davis Children's Hospital, inland California’s only Level 1 trauma center and an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. It ranks in the top 50 nationwide for nine specialties.
UC Davis School of Medicine is one of the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research, primary care programs and care for the underserved. The school provides many patient care opportunities, curriculum that reflects key societal issues, and a multi-track program.
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is one the nation’s top nursing schools with programs preparing nurses, family nurse practitioners, physician assistants and researchers. The only graduate school created to activate change where it’s needed most, its programs elevate the ability, confidence and vision of a new type of health care leader.
Advancing health and education
UC Davis Health treats people of all ages, health conditions, and income levels. Innovative curriculum gives the health care workforce of tomorrow the skills and values needed to improve health for all. Here's a glimpse of what you'll find at UC Davis Health:
UC Davis Health excels at translating scientific discoveries and new technology into improved patient care and community-wide health. Some of our most prominent research centers include: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, UC Davis MIND Institute, the Center for Precision Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities.
Students, residents and fellows get first-hand experience on how UC Davis delivers expert health care to the people who need it most but who can least afford it. We have many programs to increase the safety net of health care services available for all patients, no matter their income or insurance.
Supportive trainee resources
The UC Davis Resident, Fellow and Family Readiness Center provides tools to support trainees in Graduate Medical Education programs, including help with academics, family needs, financial information and mental health. There's also the Resident Support Association, which organizes events for spouses and significant others of residents and fellows.
What makes UC Davis special?
The culture, hands down, is unmatched. There isn’t a group of like-minded individuals from a diverse background anywhere else that have the same mission, which is to treat our patients in a holistic and culturally sensitive manner and to upkeep cultural humility.
— Tyler Carcamo, 1st year resident, surgery
The people at UC Davis have become a second family to me. I know that my fellow co-residents and faculty have my back and will support me as I explore and pursue my goals. I have no doubt that the friendships and mentorships formed here will last a lifetime.
— Daphne Olivia Darmawan, 2nd year resident, pediatrics
At UC Davis, residents experience exceptional training and a world-class educational experience. There’s an extraordinary group of clinical faculty dedicated to teaching, but we also are awarded the privilege to treat patients from a diverse population base with wide ranging medical conditions.
— Connor Delman, 4th year resident, orthopaedic surgery
Part of the UC Davis difference is our faculty development – the opportunity that faculty have here for honing their own craft of teaching. But then there’s our collaboration. It speaks to our value of interprofessionalism and our commitment to helping students realize their dream.
— Kathryn Sexson, assistant clinical professor, Family Caregiving Institute at the School of Nursing
My critical skills were definitely sharpened more through UC Davis guiding me to think about things outside of a medical problem. I’m constantly thinking beyond the health issue, asking questions like: "Does my patient have running water?" and "What are their resources to afford medication?"
— Kayla Medina, School of Nursing Class of 2018, family nurse practitioner program
You choose UC Davis to belong to a diverse and inclusive community. You choose UC Davis because we support each other and elevate each other's voices. You choose UC Davis because we are family.
— Joseph Kim, 4th year resident, internal medicine and psychiatry
Living in Sacramento
Sacramento and its surrounding region have so much to offer, including farm-to-fork restaurants and bars, a wide variety of outdoor recreations spots, family-friendly events and much more.