UC Davis School of Medicine 

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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.”



While not explicitly stated in the mission statement, UC Davis

has two key goals in medical education: providing care to the

local community and the surrounding rural areas, and giving

students excellent training in primary care. These two areas

are things to highlight in your application of possible.

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.

Things to tell the committee about: personal physical illness, death in the family or other family tragedy, financial crisis.

Things NOT to tell the committee about: personal mental illness, heavy college workload, learning a new system, being away from home for the first time.

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


This answer should essentially always be Yes to have a strong shot at an interview.

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


As noted above, UC Davis deeply cares about providing healthcare to the local community. They are seeking medical students who ideally want to practice medicine in Northern California. The stronger you can make your case that you would want to practice in California, the better.

If you have any volunteer experience in these areas, especially in rural areas, this is the space to expound upon it. If not, use this space to explain why you feel connected to Northern California or the Central Valley, and explicitly make the case that you hope to practice medicine in this area in the future.

Experiences Section

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.

Feel free to use the same three “Most Meaningful” experiences from the primary AMCAS application. However, keep in mind that this question is asking something slightly different than the AMCAS. While in the AMCAS you may have listed the activities that were most meaningful to you as a person, here you want all three to have guided you down the path to medicine. If one of your activities from the AMCAS does not meet that criteria, then you should exchange it for another.


It is also important to note that reviewers will see your description of the activity, but will also see the total number of hours spent doing that activity. If you list an activity as one of your most influential experiences leading to a career in medicine, but only spent 12 total hours doing it, you should consider choosing another activity as your most meaningful.




UC Davis School of Medicine Application Timeline:

AMCAS Application Filing:           June 1, 2019

AMCAS Application Deadline:     October 1, 2019 

Secondary Application:                July 2019 - January 2020 
Decision Notification:                   October 15 - July 15, 2020

For more information about the medical school application process,

contact us at 1.646.598.8174 or info@solomonadmissions.com

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