Underserved Community Leadership Pathways (UCLPs)
Underserved Community Leadership Pathways (UCLPs) are designed to produce physician leaders who are committed to providing high quality, culturally effective medical care and eliminating health disparities in California's most marginalised and vulnerable communities. Each of the 3 Pathways is focused on a different underserved population, and includes an innovative curriculum that exposes the students to patients within that population and provides a rewarding community-based clinical experience.
The Rural Program In Medical Education (Rural PRIME) was launched in 2007 in an effort to address the physician shortage crisis and the in rural and remote areas of California. Five years later in 2011, it was followed by the UC Merced-UC Davis San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME), which aims at training the next generation of San Joaquin Valley physicians. Also in 2011, the TEACH-MS program (Transforming Education and Community Health for Medical Students) was begun, accepting students who are interested in primary care within urban underserved populations.