Prep M├ędico partnership aims to build next generation of physicians who will advance Latino health

Latinos make up 39 percent of California’s population, but only 4.7 percent of its physicians. To help close the gap, UC Davis and The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) are launching a new initiative to produce more doctors who are well-prepared to advance health for the state’s largest ethnic group.

The overall goal of the Prep Médico program – short for “Preparando Estudiantes Para Ser Médicos,” or “Preparing Students to Be Physicians” – is to enhance the diversity in the physician workforce and in Northern California that will provide cultural and linguistically sensitive health care.

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Emergency Medicine showcases Principles of Community

April 8, 2016

Photograph of Emergency Medicine's Principle of Community © UC Regents
The Emergency Medicine’s newly framed Principles of Community document was signed by everyone in the department.

The university’s Principles of Community received an added boost this week when the Department of Emergency Medicine commemorated the document and the values it represents by dedicating a specially framed copy that had been signed by the entire department.

In the always busy corridor outside of the triage rooms and waiting area, Nate Kuppermann, professor and chair of the department, addressed a small gathering of people and explained why the Principles help provide Emergency Medicine patients, visitors and staff with a way to better understand and value individual differences as well as common ground.

“We are a department of great size and diversity, both in staff and in patients,” said Kuppermann, in brief remarks. “The Department of Emergency Medicine firmly believes in the Principles of Community because they reflect our strong and enduring commitment to our patients, our community, as well as to each other and to the values of UC Davis.”

Kuppermann said that the signed and framed Principles were positioned at the entryway and threshold of the department as “a testament to what we hold dear and true.”

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