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UC Davis School of Medicine

UC Davis School of Medicine

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About UC Davis School of Medicine

A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries, a passion for clinical care, and a commitment to engaging people from underserved communities are the hallmarks of a UC Davis School of Medicine education.

Our students are leaders who appreciate rigorous academic training balanced with hands-on experience, and have a strong desire to serve. Our faculty specialize in translational research covering a wide range of areas and are engaged in innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations, both within the UC Davis community and with other highly regarded institutions.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among the top 20 schools for primary care training and the top 50 schools for research. The school is affiliated with UC Davis Medical Center, one of the nation’s best teaching hospitals.

Since its founding in 1966, UC Davis School of Medicine continues to have a major impact in Northern California and around the world through education of new physicians, research, patient care and community service.

UC Davis School of Medicine has developed a national reputation for its specialty and primary care programs. The school offers:

  • volunteer hands-on clinical experience for students at community clinics;
  • curriculum reflective of today's societal issues — doctor-patient communication, ethics, clinical reasoning, end-of-life care, cultural competency, self-knowledge and human side of illness;
  • a fully accredited master's degree in public health, as well as a master's in business administration, and a doctoral program for physician-scientists to help meet scientific, social, ethical, political and humanitarian challenges of health care;
  • an innovative training program through a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to enhance Ph.D. biologists’ skills and knowledge in the translation of basic research discoveries into high-impact clinical applications;
  • stem cell training to help young physician/scientists become better skilled and knowledgeable in stem cell research and its related ethical, legal and social implications;
  • the state's largest program for family nurse practitioners and physician assistants; and
  • professional development every year to most of the physicians in the region with more than 300 seminars, workshops, on-site hospital tutorials, distance learning, online classes, special lectures and one-hour weekly and monthly medical grand rounds.

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