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UC Davis Medical School Admissions Counselors

UC Davis Med School Mission Statement:

“To provide excellent learner-centered education to a diverse body of medical students and graduate students; cultivating in them the passion to improve lives and transform the health of the communities they will serve as physicians, scientists and health care leaders.”

UC Davis Med School Admission

While not explicitly stated in the mission statement, UC Davis has two key goals in medical education:


  1. Providing care to the local community and the surrounding rural areas

  2. Giving students excellent training in primary care 

These two areas are things to highlight in your application of possible.

UC Davis School of Medicine Admissions

UC Davis Secondary Application Questions

Discuss any elements of your application that you feel might be concerning to the Admissions Committee.


This is your chance to address any glaring deficiencies in your application. This question is actually more difficult than it seems at first glance, as you need to explain any specific red flags while still taking ownership of the mistake.


Things like poor grades (typically anything C- or under, although if your transcript is otherwise stellar, any one grade that stands out from the rest is worthy of explanation), extended leaves of absence from school, disciplinary action, or not being able to obtain a committee letter from your pre-med committee is worth discussing.


While this answer will obviously vary depending on your specific situation, you want your explanation to be sincere.


Take full ownership of a bad grade: provide the context from which it occurred, but don’t use that as an excuse. Use this section also to explain to the committee what you learned from the experience.

UC Davis School of Medicine Application Timeline

AMCAS Application Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020

Secondary Application by Invitation Only

Admissions Decisions Released: Starting October 15, 2020, through July 15, 2021

Additional Application Information: 

For more information about the UC Davis School of Medicine application process, contact us at one of the following:


Phone: +1-646-598-8174


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