All matriculating medical students are expected to own a portable computer that meets minimum specifications. The faculty established this policy in 2003 to meet the following educational objectives.
- Emphasize the critical role of information technology in medical
education and medical practice.
- Participate in required, in-class computer-based learning activities
such team-based learning, calibrated peer review, on-line testing,
digital microscopy, and access to the electronic medical record.
- Enhance the learning experience of lectures, conferences, problem-based
learning, and clinical activities by accessing web-based
resources and tools for collaboration and communication.
- Access critical resources for learning and information management
while based at affiliated clinical sites.
Refer to: Computer Ownership
Years 1 & 2
Class Attendance Policies in the Pre-Clerkship Curriculum
The purpose of this policy is to clarify responsibility and procedures for defining course-specific attendance policies and informing students of such policies. The policy also defines a standard procedure for excused absences that can be modified by individual Instructors of Record.
Refer to: Notification of class attendance (PDF) for full text/policy
Year 3 Clerkships
In order to gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully complete the third year, experiential learning is essential. This requires a student to maintain consistent participation and attendance throughout the third year.
Refer to: Year 3 Absence Policy (PDF)
Refer to: Year 3 Absence Form (PDF)
Years 3 & 4
Clinical education should be learner-focused, fostering the acquisition of excellent clinical skills and encouraging individual well-being.
Refer to: Duty Hours (PDF) for full text/policy
Per Regulation 60(A)(1), the Committee on Student Promotions, in consultation with the relevant course IOR(s), will make the final determination about allowing students to drop a required medical school course. (Am: 8/28/15)
Students must obtain permission from the IOR and Office of Medical Education to drop an elective after the course has begun. Dropping Courses is not permitted by 4th Year students once the Registrar's Office begins graduation checks.
Fourth year students may not withdraw from courses within two weeks of the first day of the rotation except in exceptional circumstances like illness or family emergency. Late drops must be approved by Office of Medical Education and the IOR.
Deferral of Clerkships
Refer to: Committee on Educational Policy Guidelines: Deferral of Third Year Clerkships (PDF) for full text/policy
Third Year Selective Block Requirement - Policy
The third year curriculum includes a four-week block of time for students to broaden and enrich their clinical experience by exposure to core specialties that 1) are not represented in the required third year clerkships and 2) address content and skills that are applicable to a wide range of specialties (e.g. neurology, radiology, pathology).
Fourth Year Scheduling Policies
The fourth year curriculum will provide you with breadth and depth of learning experiences while helping you attain competencies at an advanced level (sub-internship) in the domains of patient care, knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, system-based practice, life-long learning, and practice-based learning. The faculty expects that your program will be academically broad and vigorous, with courses and clerkships selected to prepare you for the supervised practice of medicine in any field. There is flexibility within the schedule to provide diverse opportunities for in-depth exploration of areas of interest to you while helping you to select and prepare for the residency of your choice.
Refer to Year 4 Scheduling: Fourth Year Scheduling (PDF)
Grades and Grading
Refer to: School of Medicine Bylaws & Regulations (PDF) Section 70 (A), (B), (D), (E), (F), (G), (H) and (I): Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.
Leave of Absence (PELP)
The Planned Educational Leave Program allows any registered student-undergraduate or graduate-to temporarily suspend academic work at UC Davis. Undergraduates may take one such leave during their academic career at UC Davis and that leave is limited to one quarter in duration. For graduate students the maximum leave is up to one year. Undergraduates apply for PELP at the Office of the University Registrar. Graduate students apply through their departments and professional students apply through their Dean’s office.
Refer to: Leave of Absence (PDF)
Re-entering after Research
Students returning to the School of Medicine to begin their clinical education after an extended absence may be expected to complete clinical refresher experience prior to returning to clerkships.
Learning Disability Accommodations
The School of Medicine is committed to providing accommodations to students that are found eligible for services. The approved services may not alter the curriculum. Students requesting services must follow the policies within the guidelines provided through the UC Davis, campus’ Student Disability Office (SDC) to receive accommodations. Visit us for more information on policies and guidelines. Please contact the School’s student disability coordinator for questions about making application for test accommodations for the USMLE step 1 or 2 CS or CK examinations.