School of Medicine
School of Medicine
The Doctor of Medicine degree requires the satisfactory completion of a four-year course of study composed of 15 consecutive quarters. Course work is conducted on the Sacramento campus, at the UC Davis Medical Center and in nearby affiliated hospitals.
Preparing for the Study of Medicine
When you apply to the School of Medicine, you must submit the results from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), so it is recommended that you take the MCAT by the spring before application. Information can be obtained at your undergraduate institution or directly from MCAT Program, Box 4056, Iowa City, IA 52243 (319) 337-1357. To be acceptable for the fall entering class, the MCAT must be taken no later than the previous fall. No scores older than three years from June of the year you apply will be accepted. Applicants must also meet the following academic requirements.
A. Completed at least three years of study in an accredited college or university in the United States. A minimum of 90 semester hours or 135 quarter units of college-level work is required. Courses in highly specialized fields are acceptable only at the discretion of the medical school.
B. Completed satisfactorily before matriculation each of the following courses:
C. Demonstrate the potential to perform academically at least as well as the average of the current first year class. This reflects the School of Medicine’s generally higher standards and our emphasis on potential as judged from the application as a whole, including but not limited to MCAT and GPA scores.
Applying for Admission
The School of Medicine participates in the centralized American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). For information on admission to medical school, see the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) at http://www.tomorrowsdoctors.org. You need to submit only one application and one set of official transcripts to AMCAS, regardless of the number of member schools to which you are applying. This includes transcripts where community college courses were taken during high school and the summer term(s) before or while attending a four-year college.
After your AMCAS application has been received by the School of Medicine, the Admissions Office will notify you and may request a secondary application and letters of recommendation along with a nonrefundable application fee of $80. The instructions on how to make the fee payment and where to submit the letters of recommendation are included with the request to submit the secondary application. Recommendations can be in the form of a report by a premedical advisory committee at the college or university where you are enrolled or letters from at least two faculty members who are familiar enough with you and your abilities to make a meaningful evaluation. We recommend that one letter be from a science instructor and the other from a non-science instructor-three to six letters of recommendation suggested.
Applications are accepted by AMCAS between June 1 and October 1 . We strongly recommend that you make an early request for application materials from AMCAS and see that the necessary supporting items reach the Committee as soon as possible after the School of Medicine requests them. The Committee reviews only complete application files and schedules interviews for highly qualified applicants throughout the application period and beyond.
A personal interview is required before a place in the first-year class can be offered. However, because of the large number of applicants, it is not possible to interview each one and for this reason interviews are held only at the invitation of the Admissions Committee. Interviews take place at the medical school in order to provide you with first-hand knowledge of programs and facilities and give you the opportunity to meet some of the students.
Applicant Selection. The class entering in the fall will be limited to 105 students selected on the basis of academic achievement, academic promise and personal characteristics. The Admissions Committee uses these criteria to determine if a candidate will be able to complete satisfactorily the requirements of the medical curriculum and become excellent medical practitioners. Factors taken into consideration include scholastic records, Medical College Admission Test performance and reports of teachers, advisers and interviewers with regard to intellectual capacity, motivation, emotional stability and personal dedication.
The majority of openings in the entering class will be awarded to students who are California residents. However, the School of Medicine participates in the program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and residents of participating states will be considered as residents for purposes of admission. For more information, write the WICHE, 3035 Center Green Drive, Suite 200, Boulder, CO 80301-2204.
The School of Medicine selects students for admission with a view to meeting the needs of society, of the medical profession and of the School. Because we live in a pluralistic society, and the educational experience is enhanced by the interaction of students from various backgrounds, the School desires diversity in its student body. This is reflected in the School’s commitment to expand opportunities in medical education for individuals from groups underserved in medicine as the result of socioeconomic disadvantage and to increase the number of physicians practicing in underserved areas. Therefore, the Admissions Committee, composed of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and representative of a broad spectrum of medical sciences, evaluates applicants in terms of all relevant factors. These include academic credentials, with due regard to how they may have been affected by disadvantages experienced by the applicant, such personal traits as character and motivation, experience in the health sciences and/or the community, career objectives, and the ability of the individual to make a positive contribution to society, the profession and the School.
Program of Study
Doctor of Medicine. The curriculum for the M.D. degree is normally a four-year program that provides comprehensive training for the practice of medicine and provides a blend of basic sciences training and clinical experience. The emphasis during the first two years is on the basic-science foundations of medicine. Medical students are introduced to patient care during their very first quarter of study, reflecting the school’s commitment to the training of highly skilled clinicians. Several volunteer clinics, largely staffed by UC Davis medical students, provide an ideal setting for hands-on clinical experience.
Combined Degree Program.
In addition to the Doctor of Medicine degree, the School of Medicine at UC Davis offers a variety of dual-degree programs through coordination with other graduate groups and divisions. These advanced degrees can couple the M.D. degree with the M.P.H., Ph.D. and M.B.A. that train physicians to meet, respond to and solve the broad diversity of problems and dilemmas facing current and future health care. A new five-year program for students interested in telecommunications-enhanced rural medicine is available. We also have three Underserved
Meeting this challenge requires those capable of advancing our biological sciences knowledge base and others who can recognize and solve the ethical, political and humanitarian issues that confront the broad delivery of health care to all. Hence, the field for the Ph.D. in the joint degree program at UC Davis can be any graduate program offered on the UC Davis campus, extending beyond the traditional biological sciences boundaries, and strongly encouraging candidates to seek degrees in social sciences and humanities. All requirements for both degrees are met in a course of study that usually lasts seven years. To be admitted, and be concurrently enrolled in both degree programs, students must apply for separate admission to both the M.D. and Ph.D. programs and obtain permission of the School of Medicine M.D./Ph.D. Advisory Committee. Funding for two competitive fellowships is awarded annually to students enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. program.
Advisory Committee. Inquiries about admission to graduate education should be directed to the Dean of Graduate Studies, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. For more information concerning the combined-degree programs, contact Joanna Garcia, Office of Admissions, School of Medicine, University of California, 4610 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817.
Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Program. The Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant (FNP/PA) credential program educates health care professionals to act as members of a health care team and improves the availability of culturally relevant primary health care in underserved populations throughout central and northern California. Enrollment in these courses is limited to students who are enrolled in the FNP/PA program; see Medicine, School of, Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree. The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) offers the MPH degree. The MPH degree is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Students apply for admission through the Office of Graduate Studies. The MPH program is designed for people interested in disease prevention and community health. The program includes instruction in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, health services and administration, and social and behavioral science, and prepares students for an expanding range of professional opportunities and roles in public health and medicine. The MPH program runs on the main campus quarter system. The majority of courses are taught on the Davis campus. For more information, see http://mph.ucdavis.edu/.
The School of Medicine operates on a different schedule from the rest of the UC Davis campus. The program is a continuous four-year academic experience. The first year curriculum commences in mid-summer and extends through mid-spring of the following year. There is a six week break between the first and second year for electives, research, and remediation. The second year curriculum begins in early summer and extends through mid-spring of the following year. This is followed by a six-week academic period for preparation for USMLE Step 1. The third year clinical clerkships start in the spring and extend for 48 weeks. The fourth year curriculum begins immediately thereafter and extends through spring of the following year, with graduation in May.
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