The UC Davis - UC Merced San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME) is an innovative approach to training future physicians, a pathway that will emphasize quality of care anchored in community-based research and educational experiences. The diversity of the San Joaquin Valley, including health systems, diverse patient populations and broad community partnerships, is a core component of the effort to improve the health and health care of the region.

The SJV PRIME program is a collaboration between the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Merced and UCSF Fresno, to train the next generation of San Joaquin Valley physicians.  It seeks to increase the diversity of the medical profession and remedy the uneven distribution of physicians in California.

SJV PRIME is a tailored clinical track at the UC Davis School of Medicine for medical students who are committed to ensuring high quality, diverse and well distributed medical care to improve health for populations, communities, and individuals in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Students interested in gaining knowledge and expertise in caring for populations in the San Joaquin Valley are encouraged to apply for SJV PRIME regardless of their eventual specialty choice.

Applicants to the SJV PRIME program must meet all UC Davis School of Medicine requirements and apply through the regular UC Davis School of Medicine admissions process. Applicants who are invited to complete the UC Davis Secondary Application will be offered an opportunity to express interest in the SJV PRIME.


  1. Attract medical students from diverse backgrounds who have a strong interest in practicing in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
  2. Provide an experience that leverages community-academic collaboration to improve the health of populations.
  3. Increase the number of UC Davis School of Medicine graduates who are leaders in the provision of high quality, equitable healthcare services.

Impact of Program

  • Strengthen the desire for new physicians to practice in the Valley – one of California’s most medically underserved areas
  • Reduce disparities and inequalities related to the health care in the Valley
  • Improve the health status of Valley residents
  • Form lasting relationships with communities, hospitals, clinics and physicians to enhance health care in the region

Links to PRIME Highlights