Development Programs

In addition to individual training classes, UC Davis Health System offers programs that assist in developing internal talent for the next generation of UC Davis Health System health worker professionals and leaders.

The Administrative Assistant Academy (AAA) is intended for employees, who are interested in transitioning into an administrative assistant role or improving their current skill set. The AAA is designed to develop key areas of administrative skills:

• Communication skills to foster collaborative working relationships
• Critical thinking, problem solving, and goal setting skills to increase workplace effectiveness
• Set core competencies in reading and writing to close skills gaps in comprehension, grammar, and business   writing
• Provide an understanding of the "UCDHS office technology baseline.”

Participants must attend all 9 instructor led sessions in this program, and complete all 6 eCourses to receive the Administrative Assistant Academy Program Certificate. Those who score 80 percent or above on the exit-assessment will also receive a Knowledge Mastery Certificate.

Participant Application Process (word)

This application process is now closed for 2016.

You may submit your completed applications via email to, interoffice mail, or in person to the T&D Office, Ticon lll.

For more information please review this HR Bulletin/Call for Applications, or contact Judyth Isaman, Sr. Training Analyst, at (916) 734-2542 or

This program is ideal for entry-level career, non-probationary employees interested in advancing within a healthcare environment. Selected employees complete a six-month program which combines mandatory classroom instruction and self-study with a coaching component. In addition to traditional workplace subjects (such as workplace communication), healthcare-specific courses such as medical terminology and patient safety are also highlighted.

To successfully graduate, selected employees must complete the full six-month program. The program consists of weekly class sessions (2.5 hours per week) where participants are led by a coach-facilitator through interactive exercises, discussions and computer based course work. Participants also invest an additional two hours per week of self-study during non-working hours.

Interested non-probationary career employees may participate in our call for applications now through May 25.

This program is designated for employees classified at the PSS Grade IV level or above. Candidates for the program should demonstrate the following characteristics and experience:

• Intellectual curiosity
• Strong personal initiative
• Supervisory and leadership potential
• Ability to work well within a diverse group

The program consists of eight mandatory bi-weekly sessions and concludes with a graduation ceremony. Candidates must commit to attend all sessions. Outcomes from this program include:
• Enhanced leadership abilities particularly in the areas of interpersonal communication; analysis of resources and systems; and group dynamics
• Skills to initiate innovations across all levels of the University
• Cohesive networks with other leaders at UC Davis Health System

This application process is now closed for 2016. 
Participant Application (pdf)
Supervisor’s Statement of Support(pdf)
•Resume or Work History

What is UC Management Development Program?

The Management Development Program (MDP) is an investment in you as a manager. As a UC manager, you drive results that directly influence the success of the University of California and the communities we serve. MDP is here to support your efforts. You’ll connect with peers from across your individual location, share challenges and work together to find effective solutions.

MDP is a dynamic UC system wide training program that's designed to enhance and strengthen your leadership capabilities in the UC core competencies and ensure you have the skills, knowledge and resources to effectively lead, engage, and develop your team. The program consists of completing three modules focused around the UC Core Competencies of people management, employee engagement, influencing, and change management.

Additional information and how to apply is located at

"Investing Today in the Leaders of Tomorrow"

The Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) is designed to strengthen the engagement and preparation of high potential UC supervisors, managers, and professionals. It offers an intensive, off-site, assessment center experience for early career managers.

The program guides participants through a series of structured exercises observed by trained assessors who offer feedback about observed strengths and development areas. Subsequent, collaborative work after the program between the MSAP participant and his/her sponsoring manager fine tunes a professional development plan designed to optimize assessment feedback.

For more information about the program and how to apply go to