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University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
Established 1966
Type Public
Dean Claire Pomeroy
Faculty 583 full-time faculty and 1,800 volunteer clinical faculty [1]
Students ~360
Location Sacramento, California, USA
Website www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

The University of California Davis School of Medicine is one of five University of California medical schools in the state of California.

UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

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History

Founded in 1966, the UC Davis School of Medicine graduated its first class of physicians in 1972. The school maintains research facilities on the Davis campus while the majority of the school's teaching and clinical space is located in Sacramento, 17 miles to the east of the Davis campus. [2] With the December 2006 opening of its new Education Building, the school recently transitioned all medical school classes to the Sacramento campus. Research activities will continue at both campuses for the foreseeable future.

The school gained national attention when an applicant challenged the school's affirmative action admissions policy. The Supreme Court of the United States, in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, 438 U.S. 265 (1978), ruled that the applicant had unconstitutionally been denied admission, and Bakke was admitted.

Admissions and Ranking

As a result of UC Davis School of Medicine's reputation for excellence in education, small class size, desirable location in Northern California and relatively affordable tuition, admissions is highly competitive. In 2005 the school received 4,109 applications, offered interviews to 392 applicants of which 93 matriculated.[3] The acceptance rate for applicants to UC Davis School of Medicine is approximately 5%.[4] For 2007, US News and World Report ranks UC Davis School of Medicine #30 based on primary care methodology and #49 based on research methodology.[5]

Hospitals

UC Davis Medical Center, located in Sacramento, is one of five teaching hospitals in the University of California system. It ranks among the top 50 hospitals in America, according to an annual survey published by U.S. News and World Report. Other hospitals affiliated with UC Davis school of medicine include:

Research

Faculty in the School of Medicine specialize in a wide range of basic and applied research, including those related to neuroscience, cancer biology, vascular biology, genetic diseases and functional genomics, health services, infectious diseases, nutrition, telemedicine, and vision science. The school receives approximately $90 million in NIH funding annually.[6] About half of UC Davis medical students conduct research during their training.

Primary Care Network

The UC Davis Medical Center operates a network of clinics that provides outpatient medical services to members of the HMO that UC Davis operates. These clinics are staffed by UC Davis medical school faculty and also by staff physicians hired directly by the primary care network (PCN).

Student Clinics

Virtual Hallucinations - A project of the UC Davis Health System using Second Life to educate about hallucinations.[7]

UC Davis School of Medicine is known for the quality of its student-run clinics, which offer free primary care to the uninsured, low-income and other underserved population of Sacramento and surrounding areas. These clinics provide patients quality health care and allow UC Davis medical students to gain real world clinical experience during the early stages of their training.

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