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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

A unique learning environment

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The school of medicine’s Education Building is on the 140-acre Sacramento campus of UC Davis, across the street from the teaching hospital of UC Davis Medical Center. The campus includes outpatient medical clinics, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, research labs and a unique facility dedicated to autism and related disorders called UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute.  The award-winning Education Building includes everything to enhance the learning experience:

  • videoconferencing and distance-learning technologies that link to the Davis campus, regional health centers and rural sites;
  • lecture halls with the latest multimedia and interactive learning technologies;
  • classroom workstations that support virtual microscopy, diagnostic imaging and interactive case studies; and
  • a clinical skills center with eight mock examination rooms, video-equipped to provide students with assessment and feedback

Hands-on, problem-solving learning

Acquiring and perfecting the skills needed to become a compassionate, culturally competent and knowledgeable physician requires a constantly evolving combination of hands-on experiences, didactic instruction and problem-based challenges. The curriculum is designed to encourage students to evaluate, think and formulate decisions about caring for patients. At UC Davis School of Medicine, you will have the opportunity to reach your potential as a physician through both basic coursework and innovative opportunities such as the following:

  • Award-winning series of classes and seminars. With topics ranging from doctor-patient communication, ethics and clinical reasoning to end-of-life care, students learn how their basic science instruction applies to clinical situations.
  • Student-run community clinics. First-year and second-year students can immediately experience the world of medicine in one of five Sacramento-area clinics, where thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients receive preventive care and treatment each year. Affiliated with UC Davis School of Medicine, these free clinics are staffed and managed entirely by undergraduates and medical students, with supervision from physician volunteers.
  • The Saturday Academy. Established and taught by first-year students, this unique program introduces high school students to a mini-version of medical school as a way to guide them into possible careers in health professions.
  • Community engagement. UC Davis School of Medicine has a long history of partnering with the local community to improve health — efforts that were honored in 2005 with the prestigious Outstanding Community Service Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
  • Telemedicine. Using high-speed video conferencing technology, UC Davis is a leader in developing innovative health-care tools, including a telemedicine program that now provides specialty medical care to dozens of rural-based clinics and small hospitals around the state.