The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is strongly committed to medical student education.  We believe that our active involvement with medical students helps to develop physicians who are compassionate and effective interviewers, and who consider clinical issues from a broad biopsychosocial perspective.  The integration of psychiatry into all levels of medical student education also provides excellent preparation for students who might want to pursue a career in psychiatry.  The percentage of UC Davis medical students who enter psychiatry has been consistently above the national average.


Doctoring is a multi-disciplinary, longitudinal curriculum that emphasizes an integrative approach to patient care over the four years of medical education. In long-term small groups, students have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in patient interviewing and physical examination, critical review of the literature, rational medical decision-making, and health economics. Additionally, the courses foster the development of humanism and professionalism, cultural competence, and ethics in medicine. Since its implementation in the School of Medicine, the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has played an active leadership and teaching role in this innovative curriculum.

  • 1st-Year Students 
Doctoring I
  • 2nd-Year Students 
Doctoring II
  • 3rd-Year Students
Doctoring III
  • 4th-Year Students

Doctoring IV
Electives in psychiatry