6440 University of California
Program Descriptions


The University owns and operates five academic medical centers in Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Their primary mission is to support the clinical teaching programs of the schools of medicine and the educational programs in the University's other health science schools. The academic medical centers also provide a full range of health care services to their communities and are sites for the development and testing of new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. The medical centers provide health care to patients who generally have more serious illnesses and fewer financial resources than patients at non-teaching hospitals.

State funds help support the University medical centers, through Clinical Teaching Support, to maintain a sufficiently large and diverse patient population for teaching purposes. The funds are used primarily to provide financial support for patients who are essential for the clinical teaching programs, but who are unable to pay the full cost of their care.