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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

Tailored Clinical Tracks - Overview

University of California Davis School of Medicine's tailored clinical pathways offer students additional curricula designed to equip them with the tools to practice in primary care (ACE-PC), rural (Rural PRIME), valley (SJV PRIME) and urban underserved settings (TEACH-MS). Applicants apply through their M.D. application and must be accepted to the medical school before being considered for a tailored clinical pathway.

Accelerating Primary Care Careers

In partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northern California, the UC Davis School of Medicine is planning a new three-year pathway for students committed to primary care careers, the Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC) program. Davis ACE-PC allows a select group of eligible students to complete medical school in three years and receive a conditional acceptance to a UC Davis or Northern California Kaiser Permanente residency program in adult primary care Rather than the classic seven-year pathway to a primary care practice (four years of medical school followed by three years of residency training), ACE-PC students will enter primary care practice one year earlier.

ACE-PC students will start the intensive three-year pathway eight weeks earlier than students in the classic four-year M.D. program. Students will be immersed in Kaiser's integrated health care system and patient-centered medical home model to promote seamless integration between medical education and clinical practice. Unique curricular content will include population management, chronic disease management, quality improvement, patient safety, team-based care and preventive health skills with special emphasis on diverse and underserved populations.


Rural-PRIME is part of the University of California's "Programs In Medical Education" or PRIME, which is designed to produce physician leaders who are trained in and committed to helping California's underserved rural communities.

UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME

The UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME initiative is a collaboration between the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Merced and UCSF Fresno to train the next generation of San Joaquin Valley physicians. It is the latest addition to the University of California’s (PRIME), which seeks to increase the diversity of the medical profession and remedy the uneven distribution of physicians in California.


Transforming Education and Community Health  for Medical Students (TEACH-MS)  is an innovative, four-year, tailored M.D. program at the UC Davis School of Medicine for students with a strong interest in primary care and care for the urban underserved. The program is supported by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) health professions training grant (D5DHP20522).