New Program Targets Next Generation of Physicians to Advance Latino Health

05/08/2015 | Kaiser Permanente
The University of California, Davis and The Permanente Medical Group, a physician-led medical group serving Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California, are launching a new initiative at UC Davis School of Medicine dedicated to building the next generation of physicians committed to advancing Latino health.The program, Preparando Estudiantes Para Ser Medicos, or Preparing Students to Be Physicians (“Prep Médico” for short), is a multi-faceted initiative that will provide scholarships, mentorship and internship opportunities, a residential program, intensive language training, volunteer service opportunities and hands-on clinical experiences for pre-med and medical students. The goal is to expand diversity in medicine and ultimately increase the number of Latinos who choose to become physicians. UC Davis expects to serve approximately 100 students annually through the new program, which begins with scholarship support for medical school admissions testing this year and will be fully implemented by 2018.