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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

Student records


FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), the California Information Practice Act, and the California State Constitution protect the privacy of paper and electronic records containing confidential student information.

Refer to: for detailed information contained in the “Quick Guide to Privacy of Student Records,”

Refer to: for UC Davis policies on records that provides information on: All staff of the UC Davis School of Medicine have received FERPA training and are committed to protecting the privacy of confidential student information.  The Student Records office will assist you with any questions.

Privacy Acts

Refer to “Privacy” under the UC Davis Office of the University Registrar at

Refer to: for the U.S. Dept. of Education Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974.

Refer to: for the California Information Practices Act (IPA) of 1977.

Refer to for the University of California Policies Applying to the Disclosure of Information from Student Records.

Refer to: for the UC Davis Privacy of and Access to Information

Grade change

All grades are final when filed by the Instructor of Record. "A grade may be changed only for the correction of clerical or procedural error.”

Refer to: School of Medicine Bylaws & Regulations (pdf) Section 70(H) for additional information on grade changes and appeals.

Health insurance requirement

The University of California Regents mandates that all students have health insurance. This is a non-academic condition of admission to the School of Medicine M.D. program.

UC Davis School of Medicine provides Western Health Advantage Insurance Plan to meet this requirement. If you have comparable insurance, you may waive out of the Western Health Advantage Plan.

For more information about student health insurance plans and rates, please visit the Registrar’s Office at Insurance plans and rates are subject to change.

Health/Vision/Dental Insurance Waiver Form: 

Disability insurance requirement

Disability insurance fees are mandatory and apply to M.D. students only, and do not apply to interns and residents or health science academics. The annual disability insurance fee will be assessed to the medical students account during fall quarter. The School of Medicine M.D. Degree Program Student Fee Schedule includes information concerning disability insurance fee rates and availability, which is offered during orientation and on the school website at:

Disability Insurance Policies and Plan Information

UC Davis School of Medicine Long Term Disability Insurance Coverage Policy (pdf)

The Guardian Blanket Insurance Plan (pdf)

Blanket Accident and Health Insurance Policy (pdf)

Health immunization requirements

All medical students must have the following immunization and infectious disease/immunity screening performed before attendance at UC Davis School of Medicine. This form must be completed by your health care provider.

Please note: Vaccination records/labs alone are not sufficient.

Refer to: Health Requirements (pdf)

Refer to: Health Immunization Form (pdf)  Influenza Attestation Form (pdf)

Planned educational leave program

The Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP) is defined as a voluntary, temporary, planned interruption or pause in your regular full-time education.  The purpose is to enhance the prospect of successful completion of your academic program by allowing time for you to pursue other activities that will assist you in clarifying your educational goals (e.g., job opportunities and experience away from campus; research, and time to resolve personal or medical problems).  PELP makes it possible for you to suspend your academic work for a time and resume your studies with minimal procedural difficulties.

There are three options available for taking a leave of absence from the UC Davis School of Medicine:
1.) Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP)  2.) Non-PELP Leave  3.) Time-Off Leave.  Medical students are required to file leave paperwork with the School of Medicine's Registrar's Office for any leave of absence. Visit the Office of the Registrar's webpage found at:



HIPPA certification

All students are responsible for complying with UC Davis School of Medicine and Health System policy to complete an annual HIPAA module and turn in proof of same to the School of Medicine.  The School of Medicine Registrar’s Office tracks your HIPAA compliance. 

Refer to: Please check back for access the HIPAA module quiz.