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Our friends and advisees who have attended UC Davis Med School loved their experience! 

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, keep reading!


The most common reasons we’ve heard from students:

  • Emphasis on research and primary care.
  • In Sacramento – near a city but not a huge city.
  • Great farm-to-table food.
  • Collaborative culture.
  • UC Davis’ PRIME program.
  • Great mentorship from UC Davis Medical School faculty members.


UC Davis School of Medicine 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!

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UC Davis Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts (2019-2020):

UC Davis Medical School Secondary Essay Prompts:

Essay 1) If you answered ‘yes’ to having a connection to Northern or Central California, please explain below. If you answered ‘no’ type ‘not applicable’

Essay 2) At UC Davis School of Medicine, we realize that each applicant brings diversity and perspective from a broad range of experiences. In this section, we give you the opportunity to describe in detail the 3 extracurricular activities or experiences that have been most influential in leading you to a career in medicine. We realize that many applicants have identified key experiences in the main application. However, some do not and others identify less than 3. We apologize for any redundancy – feel free to reproduce the comments from your Primary application and expand on them as appropriate. (500 Characters)

UC Davis Medical School PRIME Secondary Essay Prompts:

Essay 1) Pretend you have a UC Davis TEACH MS student pen-pal. Write a short note to them revealing something about you and allows them to understand why you have an interest in urban underserved primary care. (500 characters)

Essay 2) Please tell us what attributes or experiences would make you a good fit for an accelerated program in primary care. (500 characters)

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UC Davis Medical School
Interview Format

Interviews at UC Davis Medical School  are multiple mini interviews (MMIs). In the past, there are often actors in the MMI rooms, and you have to role-play scenarios.

Want to learn more about how to prepare for your UC Davis medical school interview? 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 experiences throughout your MMI answers.

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  1. The Multiple Mini Interview: What it is, and How to do Well
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  3. Mastering the Multiple Mini Interview Online Course

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UC Davis Medical School Acceptance Rate

Admit Rate

UC Davis Medical School Admissions Statistics:

  • UC Davis Medical School Average GPA: 3.63
  • UC Davis Med School New MCAT: 510 (128 chemical & physical / 126 critical analysis / 128 biological & biochemical / 128 psychological, social)

How did UC Davis Med Students Do on Their USMLE Step Exams?

  • Average UC Davis Medical School USMLE Step 1 Score: 219
  • Average UC Davis Medical School USMLE Step 2 Score: 238

Source: U.S. News Graduate School Rankings 2021

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The Insider’s View on UC DAVIS Medical School's Pre-clinical years

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

Curriculum Overview:

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

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about UC Davis:

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What students are saying about UC DAVIS Medical School

The Insider’s View on UC Davis Medical School's clinical years

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.

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


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 $51,000 out-of-state plus room and board
  • Average indebtedness of graduates: ~$159,000

Source: U.S. News Graduate School Rankings 2021


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