One hundred and two UC Davis School of Medicine students become doctors tomorrow following the school’s 2017 commencement ceremony on the university’s Davis campus. This marks the School of Medicine’s 46th commencement ceremony.
Graduation takes place at the Mondavi Center on Friday, May 19, beginning at 9 a.m.
Commencement festivities include the pomp and circumstance of a bagpipes band leading students into the Mondavi auditorium, where they will be seated on stage. Family members and friends, along with faculty dressed in their academic robes, will fill the center to help celebrate the conclusion of four challenging years in medical school.
This year’s event features special guest speaker Julie Freischlag, the school's former vice chancellor and dean, and a commencement address by Leon Jones, also a leadership alum at the school who now serves as associate dean for students at UCSF School of Medicine.
A majority of the newly minted UC Davis physicians (approximately 72 percent) are staying in California for their residency training. More than half of the class of 2017 is focusing their training in primary care, with family medicine being the most popular residency program this year. Other leading residency programs include emergency medicine and internal medicine. About 17 percent of the students will remain very close to their alma mater, spending the next few years at UC Davis Medical Center in training.
In addition to the M.D. degrees being handed out, 35 other students will receive Master of Public Health degrees, and an additional five students will be awarded Master of Health Informatics degrees. These graduate-level programs draw upon the multiple strengths of UC Davis in public health, epidemiology, rural health, occupational and environmental health, telemedicine and other research and academic studies.
UC Davis developed the programs to address the growing need for health care practitioners with the abilities to lead state and national efforts to track, manage and prevent injuries and disease, as well as work with large amounts of health information and data to enhance the practice of medicine and improve health for all.