UC Davis Medical School Admissions: Insider Tips to Get Accepted


Hey pre-meds!

This page serves as a high-yield resource for UC Davis Medical School. The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from UC Davis medical school acceptance rate data, UC Davis medical school admissions statistics, the UC Davis med school website, and most importantly, from UC Davis med students themselves! You will have facts such as admissions statistics, but you’ll get an insider perspective about the curriculum.

Our friends and advisees who have attended UC Davis Med School loved their experience! There is a big emphasis on research and primary care.

Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about UC Davis med school, this keep reading!


Need help getting accepted to UC Davis Medical School? Get the Cracking Med School Admissions team’s expertise. Several of our students get accepted into UC Davis each year. If you have questions, email us at info@crackingmedadmissions.com or contact us.

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UC Davis Medical School Secondary Application:

UC Davis has one secondary essay and one optional essay. They highly prefer people who have connections to northern California, particularly the Sacramento area. Our team advises our students to put any connections they have!

UC Davis Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts:

Essay 1) Discuss any elements of your application that you feel might be concerning to the Admissions Committee. 500 characters

Essay 2) Do you have a connection to Northern or Central California? (Yes/No)

If you answered “yes” to having a connection to Northern or Central California, please explain below. If you answered “no,” type “not applicable.”


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UC Davis Medical School Admissions – Interview Style:

Interviews at UC Davis Medical School  are multiple mini interviews (MMIs).

Want to learn more about how to prepare for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)? Get tips and tricks to ace multiple mini interviews by reading our blogs and doing a mock interview with us. We can help you incorporate your stories and application throughout your MMI answers.

Read our 2 popular MMI blogs here:

  1. The Multiple Mini Interview: What it is, and How to do Well
  2. 5 Tips to Ace the MMI Interview
UC Davis Medical School Acceptance Rate







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UC Davis Medical School Admissions Statistics

UC Davis Medical School Median GPA: 3.70

UC Davis Medical School New MCAT: 511 (127 chemical & physical / 126 critical analysis / 128 biological & biochemical / 128 psychological, social)


How did UC Davis Med Students do on their USMLE Step Exams?

UC Davis Average USMLE Step 1 Score: 221

UC Davis Average USMLE Step 2 Score: 236


Your UC Davis Medical School  Admissions Advisers

Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View on How to Get Into UC Davis Medical School

How to Get Into UC Davis Medical School – Know the Curriculum:



As a UC Davis Medical School student, your first two years are spent as a pre-clinical student, mainly learning through lectures. There is also a longitudinal Doctoring course where you learn basic clinical skills.  The 3rd and 4th years are spent in clinical rotations.

Pre-Clinical Years:

The first year at UC Davis School of Medicine focuses on basic science, molecular biology, and pathophysiology courses. The second year at UC Davis Medical School focuses on pathology and pharmacology.

The blocks during the second year are:

  • Brain and behavior (Neuroscience, psychiatry, ethics)
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Nephrology
  • Gastroenterology

Clinical Years:

During the 3rd and 4th years of medical school, students are in clinical rotations.

The third year curriculum consists of:

  • Internal Medicine (8 weeks)
  • Surgery (8 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (8 weeks)
  • OB-GYN (8 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (8 weeks)
  • Family Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Elective (4 weeks)
  • Longitudinal primary care clinical experience (throughout the year)

The fourth year curriculum consists of 32 weeks minimum of clinical courses + 4 weeks of an independent study or scholarly project.

To check out more details about the UC Davis Medical School curriculum:


Unique Programs at UC Davis Medical School:

ACE-PC (Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care): Students can finish medical school in 3 years. This is a pathway for students who want to pursue a primary care career. Learn more: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/ACE-PC/about.html

Rural-PRIME: This pathway focuses on rural health. Students become strong in: rural outreach, primary care, public health, and tele-medicine.

UC Davis – UC Merced San Joaquin Valley in Medical Education: Students mainly work in San Joaquin Valley. Learn more: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/sjvprime/about.html

Teach-MS: This program is tailored for students who are interested in primary care in urban settings. In between your first and second years, you will be in the Summer Institute of Race and Health.

Taking Time Off:

Most MD candidates at UC Davis graduate within 4 years. There is less flexibility in the curriculum to take time off, even in the 4th year, because of the large work-load of clinical requirements.

Learn more about UC Davis:

Why choose UC Davis School of Medicine? Check it out!


What students are saying about UC Davis Medical School

You are in the heart of Los Angeles and can live close to the beach if you choose. You can't beat this quality of life!

The curriculum is very structured and thorough. I feel like I received a great medical education at UCLA.

UCLA has one of the larger medical school classes, but there is a great sense of community. Everyone is friendly, and easy to find a great group of close friends.

Several students do clinical research projects during their pre-clinical years. There are numerous professors to work with - both at UCLA and at the hospitals. Opportunities are endless! There is also a large group of students who are interested in public health and community-based research.

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:

  • Tests and reviews help prepare students for Step 1. This allows students to be familiar with USMLE- and Step 1-style questions.
  • UC Davis has eight student-run clinics
  • You can be a delegate for the American Medical Association and California Medical Association. It’s a great opportunity to meet government officials in health policy.

Unique highlights about clinical years:

  • Longitudinal Primary Care Clinical Exposure: During 3rd year, you work at one of the community sites every other week. Additionally, at the end of the year, you submit a quality improvement project to their site.
  • School places emphasis on primary care. As a result, there are several types of opportunities related to primary care.
  • 4th year has 18 weeks of unscheduled time for electives, residency interviews, research, or vacation.

Main Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • Davis Medical Center

What students are saying about clinical rotations at UC Davis Med School

Through the rural-PRIME program, I saw first hand the socioeconomic determinants of health in underserved, rural areas. These observations gave me insights into how I want to change rural healthcare in the future.

The Longitudinal Clerkship allowed me to see the same patients throughout my entire 3rd year - an opportunity we don't get through our clerkship rotations.

I continued to do research and volunteer in the greater-Los Angeles community during my clinical rotations. It was a great complement to my training.

There are several programs within UC Davis that allow you to pursue global health rotations, from East Africa to Sri Lanka.


Where do students live?

Students can apply for graduate housing during medical school, however most students find off-campus housing. Most students live in rented houses near the medical school.

Getting around:

You will need a car to get around, preferably all 4 years of medical school. And be prepared for traffic! Although, when you are doing your clinical rotations, you often commute during non-rush hours. So the commute times don’t have to be too bad :).


Financial Considerations:

  • You can apply for grants and financial aid with UC Davis’ financial aid office.
  • UC Davis Medical School Tuition: ~$38,000 in-state and $50,000 out-of-state plus room and board
  • Average indebtedness of graduates: ~$152,000
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