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.
About UC Davis Health
The prominence and quality of School of Medicine researchers and physician faculty further the patient-care mission at the UC Davis Medical Center. As inland Northern California's only academic medical center and only level 1 trauma center, the medical center provides patients with access to the latest technological advances and investigational drugs and therapies.
As the main tertiary care referral center for a 33-county area of more than six million residents, the 627-bed hospital and 150-plus specialty clinics provide a diverse patient population for a well-rounded medical school education. UC Davis Health admits tens of thousands of patients per year and handles nearly 1 million visits, and the medical center’s emergency room can see more than 200 patients per day on average.
UC Davis Health continues to support the growth of its multidisciplinary clinical centers. Each of these programs integrates broad areas of clinical and research expertise and offers a variety of multidisciplinary clinical programs featuring state-of-the-art care and leading edge research. Together they provide comprehensive care and essential services to the residents of Northern California.
The medical center is nationally recognized for a variety of its initiatives, including UC Davis Children's Hospital and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The medical center also offers services and programs that are unique to the region. These include a burn center, poison control center, hemophilia program, eye and tissue bank, skull base surgery program, limb salvaging/lengthening program, bone marrow transplant center, pancreas transplant program, computerized visual field research, cultured epithelial allografting, and pediatric oncology program.