Student-driven projects in the field of psychiatry contribute greatly to the rich experiences offered at UC Davis School of Medicine.  Medical students at UC Davis have designed programs to provide advocacy for the mentally ill and education about mental illness, written grants and received funding for mentoring programs, and given presentations about their work at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting.

Student exposure to and involvement in the field of psychiatry begins at the very start of medical school at UC Davis.  Students can attend workshops and lectures on psychiatric topics or take part in the shadowing program sponsored by the Psychiatry Student Interest Group (Psych SIG).  Summer stipends to work with child and adolescent psychiatrists are available through the Klingenstein Fellowship Program (KFP).