Beyond the classroom:
Camaraderie, mentoring and friendship
Small class sizes, the college model and opportunities to participate in more than two dozen student organizations make the UC Davis experience one that will last a lifetime.
- The small "college" model encourages interaction among every medical year and provides a structured network of advisers and mentors. Each of the four colleges is headed by a School of Medicine physician and offers plenty of peer interaction through formal and informal activities. It is terrific way to bring all four years of students into close and frequent contact — something that helps create lifelong friends and valuable professional contacts in years to come
- MEDICOS — MEDical InterCultural Opportunities for Students — is a student-founded organization that encourages students and medical faculty to travel to international locations in need of medical assistance as a way to experience and promote medical careers in developing nations and underserved communities.
- The UC Davis chapter of the American Medical Student Association improves medical education by promoting awareness of health-care issues. It is responsible for a number of annual events, including a 10k run and a wine-tasting benefit and art show, to help provide funding for the student-run clinics.
- Student interest groups give students the opportunity to connect with peers who share an interest in their medical specialty through a variety of offerings, including lectures, social and networking events, and mentoring services.
More about student organizations
Medical students at UC Davis may be members of the American Medical Student Association and the Student National Medical Association, on both local and national levels, and may serve on statewide California Medical Association committees. Other organizations at the school include the California Chicano/Latino Medical Students Association, Filipino-Americans in Medicine, and the Native American Medical Students Association.
In addition, each class has a representative to the Organization of Student Representatives of the Association of American Medical Colleges (OSR-AAMC). One voting and one non-voting representative, chosen by the four class representatives, represent the UC Davis School of Medicine at all OSR-AAMC activities.
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society members are chosen from third- and fourth-year classes on the basis of scholarship, personal integrity, and potential leadership. Many physicians from the UC Davis School of Medicine are members of this national organization.
The UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association represents alumni of both the school and the medical center house staff. In addition to offering generous support for all student activities, the association provides support and career planning for the students. The association, which funds annual scholarships, also organizes class reunions, welcoming receptions for new students and house staff, and an array of social activities. It publishes an alumni directory and quarterly newsletter to foster communication among faculty, staff, students, graduates, and current and former house staff officers.