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Top Medical School 2008 No.10: University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Aug. 28, 2008
Top Medical School 2008 No.10: University of California, Davis School of Medicine

10. University of California, Davis
School of Medicine

4610 X street, Suite 1202
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 734-4800
Fax: (916) 734-4050

Total graduate enrollment 416
Hispanic graduate enrollment 42
Percent Hispanic graduate enrollment 10%
Total M.D. degrees earned 86
M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 5
Percent of M.D. degrees earned by Hispanics 6%
Full-time Medical school faculty 810
Full-time Medical school Hispanic faculty 29
Percent of Medical school Hispanic faculty 4%

Since it's founding more than 40 years ago, UC Davis School of Medicine has focused on meeting the health-care needs of residents within the geographically vast and culturally diverse Northern California region. It not only operates in a city where more than 70 languages are spoken, but it also serves the most rural and remote regions of the state. Ranked among the nation's leading medical schools for specialty- and primary care and for research that advances the science and practice of medicine, UC Davis promotes a collaborative culture of diversity. It is committed to improving health-care access and equity, training a physician workforce that better reflects the diversity of the state, and partnering with communities to better understand and meet the unique needs of medically underserved patients, including Latinos. Over the past two years, for example, the number of Latino medical students enrolled at UC Davis tripled, and 25 percent of students enrolled in a new Rural-PRIME program, which specifically targets the needs of patients in underserved rural communities, were Latino.

The school's dedication to and success in recruiting a diverse student body is due to the leadership and personal involvement of Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for human health sciences and medical school dean. She established the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Office of Diversity, and meets quarterly with members of the Sacramento Latino Medical Association. She also hosts and supports national and state student conferences, as well as events that target underrepresented groups of high school and undergraduate students to encourage them to consider careers in health care. Some of these major events include the state's largest conference of the American Medical Student Association and special "Saturday Academy" courses for local high school students. She has set the tone and leads by example, which has allowed the school's diversity work to thrive.

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