Welcome to UC Davis School of Medicine

[MUSIC PLAYING] At UC Davis School
of Medicine, we look for students who
have the potential to be great physicians. But more important, we select
students who have the potential to do great things. My message to you
today, students, is to always remember
the opportunities and responsibilities
you now have– to care for people and to change
the world in which we live. The UC Davis student has
a very independent spirit. One of the key
distinguishing features would be they're leaders. And I expect that
they will be leaders of change in the future. [MUSIC PLAYING] From the moment you
receive your stethoscope, your academic trajectory will
quickly arc from classroom– Flexion and extension. –to labs– Along that fascial plane. –to clinics. The blood clots will go
away with the treatment. First year students are
instructed in basic science courses, like gross anatomy. So here's the stomach. OK? So this is the
foramen of Winslow. You can come through it. But within months, they're
taking doctoring courses on the art of
patient interviews. It's a rigorous, challenging
curriculum, but one that's crafted for success. [MUSIC PLAYING] I think of Davis as a
kinder, gentler nation. It's this idea that
you're all smart. Everybody's here. You're here to be a doctor. And our job is to get you there. And to that end, UC
Davis has developed a unique academic
culture, one in which we encourage our students
to pull together as a team. And we've found that
students who play together work together. This is our awesome
college Olympics. At UC Davis, you don't
just inherit medical school and sitting in classes
and lectures all the time. You get a family. Right off the bat, they tell
you to share your notes, to teach each other,
to study in groups. Everyone wants to help
everybody out and make sure that everyone's successful. Medical school is
a very hard place. You know, you need
to have support. No one can go through
medical school alone. The spirit here is all about
you help me, I help you, and that we're in this together. [MUSIC PLAYING] First year students are
taught to look at patient care from a variety of perspectives. Remember, it's all
about the patient. It's not about me. It's not about money. It's all about how we want to
improve the quality of care. Located in the state
capital, UC Davis students get the unique opportunity to
actually meet with legislators and personally weigh in on
health care policy decisions. In California alone,
there's seven million people without insurance. And one million of
those are children. What we do is so
tied in to policy. The way that we can
serve our patients is dependent on health
care and insurance. So this is essential. That's why we're here. [MUSIC PLAYING] BP is looking low. Let's give some saline. It started going down. BP is dropping. Let's check the
breath sounds again. OK. Chest tube in? Second year students
begin the transition from coursework to clinics by
treating patients simulators in this high tech
virtual care center. The monitors are going off
and the patient's screaming. They can really get a
sense of how it really is. The voice is talking to you. It's telling you, I'm in pain. And this hurts, and that hurts. And I can't breathe. And you feel that
stress of taking care of an actual patient. Hang in there, Ally. [MUSIC PLAYING] From the simulation,
second years move on to developing
clinical skills like patient assessments. I know that other med schools
do have student run clinics, but here we have seven. I was able, over spring break
my first year, to go to Honduras for nine days, and worked
with some classmates. And we were able to
go into rural villages and just treat so many patients
that really didn't have access to health care at all. [MUSIC PLAYING] Third year is structured
around clinical studies where students, guided
by faculty mentors, put their skills
to practical use. V1 and V2 are actually right
over the right ventricle. I would worry about [INAUDIBLE]. That's a little bit far over
for right ventricular strain. [MUSIC PLAYING] What do you usually do
to get ready for sleep? Students continue, though,
to work with patient actors to hone their advanced
interviewing techniques. Whenever we have an index
of suspicion for a disease, we start with a screening, and
then we move on to a diagnosis. This class was developed
by a fourth year student as an elective
scholarly project. One of the areas that's been a
research interest area of mine is some post-traumatic
stress disorder, or PTSD. And I thought, because it's such
an interesting disease process, and because there's so
much involved with it, that it'd make a really
good doctoring case, particularly for third
year, when students are sort of up to the challenge. Fourth year students
can also participate in a research project. We don't think of students
as one size fits all. So it's more about giving
you these opportunities to explore different ways to go. We help you along those
ways, keep you on track. If you look at what
the students are doing, they're doing just this
broad range of projects. So it's not about,
research has to be defined in this particular way. It's more, what's your passion. What's the answer that
you're trying to get at? We'll find the people and the
places to help you get there. [MUSIC PLAYING] Fourth year is great. It's a year where you get to
actively pursue your interests, your very specific interests. For [INAUDIBLE],,
that meant helping to develop a rehabilitation
iPod app for patients who have suffered throat damage. The research has shown that
people who do these swallowing exercises benefit from
them tremendously. The program offers
them alarms so they know when to do the
exercises and how many times to do the exercises. For me, to sit down at a desk
for however many hours a day, knowing in the back of my head
that one day these people are going to benefit from my
research, means a lot. And that's really my motivation. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is a really exciting day. It is a day of great celebration
of many accomplishments, but a day of great
new beginnings. It's like the day
that determines the rest of your life, kind of. It's the culmination
of all of our work. It's everything kind of
coming together, and starting on a new journey. Your time at UC Davis
School of Medicine culminates with match day,
when the fourth years open their residency
letters of acceptance. Three, two, one. Open those envelopes! It won't open! Oh my God. Oh God. [SCREAMING] [SCREAMING] [SCREAMING] It's a day of celebration,
because your success– Harvard UCLA emergency medicine! –is our success. Davis! I know! We're so lucky! I'm going to Tennessee! Knoxville! Knoxville, Tennessee! Woo! I'm staying right here. Woo! [MUSIC PLAYING]


  1. Are you referring to the Match Day residency letters? Medical students apply to various residency programs across the country, based on their personal criteria. On Match Day, students receive a letter telling them which residency program they "matched" with (have been accepted to).


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