Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the PRIME programs and TEACH-MS?
The PRIME programs and TEACH-MS focus on work in underserved communities. However, unlike Rural PRIME (focus on rural California) and the UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME (focus on urban and rural in San Joaquin Valley), TEACH-MS focuses specifically on urban underserved communities.
Do TEACH-MS students take all the same classes as non-TEACH-MS students?
Yes, TEACH-MS students take the same required medical school classes as non-TEACH-MS students.
How much extra time is required of TEACH-MS students to participate in the program?
The clinical experiences in the first and second year are scheduled, on average, once every 6 weeks. The Summer Institute on Race and Health will be full-time for 4 weeks during the summer between the first and second year of medical school. The clerkship in the third year and the elective in the fourth year are a part of the regular medical school curriculum, so these do not require additional time.
Is a master’s program part of the TEACH-MS curriculum?
TEACH-MS does not require you to get a master’s degree. However, as a UC Davis medical student you may elect to complete a master’s program.
Are there research opportunities available through TEACH-MS?
Currently there are no research opportunities available within the TEACH-MS Program, however students may elect to complete a research program available through the UC Davis School of Medicine.
TEACH-MS seems very primary care oriented, am I required to choose primary care as my specialty at the end of medical school?
No, the goal of TEACH-MS is to train future physicians committed to primary care and serving the urban underserved, but the program by no means obligates students to choose primary care as a specialty.
Are TEACH-MS students entitled to any additional financial grants or loans?
Currently there are no additional financial grants or loans available to TEACH-MS students. A limited number of stipends are available for eligible students who participate in the Summer Institute on Race and Health.