Postbaccalaureate Program

Connor Haysbert
“Participating in Saturday Academy is the definitive turning point that steered my life towards a path to medicine.”

Connor Haysbert
Medical Degree Candidate
Class of 2019

Mission Statement

The K-14 outreach program is student centered and inspires learners from socio-economically disadvantaged communities by providing tools and imparting knowledge that leads to a pathway to college and medicine.

Program Description

The K-14 Program at UC Davis School of Medicine sponsors and supports a variety of programs and opportunities year round that allow students to develop and sustain an interest in medicine and science while promoting early college preparation and readiness.

Housed within the Office of Student and Resident Diversity Department, the K-14 Outreach Program marks the first step in the pipeline effort to produce a workforce of health workers that reflects diversity and will reduce health disparities in their various fields and the communities in which they will serve.

The program offerings happen at the School of Medicine or within the community to build mentorship, leadership and support for both medical students and the K-14 students they serve; ensuring the skills necessary for success in both academic and career goals for all participants.

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The program coordinator works with the Student Interest Groups (SIGs) and Doctoring Program from UC Davis School of Medicine and Pre-med/Pre-health students from UC Davis to provide the following services based on availability:

  • Classroom visits (presentation or workshop on various topics)
  • College Fairs
  • Career Days

Health Leadership Saturday Academy

Office of Student and Resident Diversity in collaboration with Youth Development Network, and UC Davis Health Family & Community Medicine offers a five Saturday program for educationally disadvantaged high school students. The program is offered in Winter and includes workshops on leadership, major organ systems, improving community health outcomes.  Participants will have the option to get certified in CPR/Basic Life Saving.  The entire program is provided free of cost.

Program Criteria:
Please contact Charrise Torres to obtain the criteria and application packet.

Summer Scrubs and Beyond

The Summer Scrubs and Beyond Program provides talented high school students from health profession high schools with a sense of the opportunities in science and health-care careers through a series of presentations and hands-on activities led by medical students, faculty and staff. The program is offered 3 - 4 days in the summer expounding upon lessons learned throughout the academic year and promoting academic readiness and preparation.

Participating Schools and Programs:

  • Hiram Johnson High School
  • Sacramento Charter High School
  • Valley High School
  • Arthur Benjamin Health Professions High School
  • UC Davis, Early Academic Outreach Program
  • UC Davis, Educational Talent Search Program
  • UC Davis, Upward Bound Program

UC Davis Medical Explorers Program

The UC Davis Medical Explorers Program is a hands-on career education program for local socially disadvantaged Sacramento high school students ages interested in a career in medicine or health sciences. Students explore the health care field through hands-on activities, weekly meetings and interactions with medical school students and other health care professionals.

The program takes place at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Through this program, these students gain exposure, knowledge and access to resources that inform of the various health care professions and the pathways to achieve this goal. Students are also exposed to the medical education environment at the UC Davis School of Medicine, they learn about the application process, studying skills, clinical vignettes and the use of medical terminology and equipment.

Program Principles/Emphasis:

  • Career Opportunities
  • Life Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership Experience

Program Criteria:
Please see your health educator or counselor from the participating school or program to obtain the criteria and application packet.

Participating Schools and Programs:

  • Hiram Johnson High School
  • Sacramento Charter High School
  • Arthur Benjamin Health Professions High School
  • and more

The K-14 program is working collaboratively with the Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP) at UC Davis to serve community college students through their many outreach efforts. See the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more details

For inquiries regarding the K-14 Outreach Program, please contact:

Charrise Torres
UC Davis School of Medicine
Office of Student and Resident Diversity
4610 X Street, Suite 4101, Sacramento, CA 95817


For inquiries regarding the UC Davis Main Campus, please contact:

Undergraduate Admissions
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Important Note: The Office of Student and Resident Diversity does not host or sponsor tours of the UC Davis Health System.