POSTBACALAUREATE PROGRAM ALUMNI CLASS NOTES
Welcome Postbacalaureate Program Alumni
Within 10 years, California will face a shortage of as many as 17,000 physicians in low-income rural and urban areas. Historically, medical students who come from underserved communities are most likely to return to practice in those communities. Yet many students who have the talent and motivation to serve their communities do not have the GPAs or MCAT scores needed to successfully compete for admission to medical school. Typically, these students show academic potential yet underperform as undergraduates because they come from lowperforming K-12 schools and are ill-prepared for college.
The Postbaccalaureate Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine is dedicated to helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome the academic obstacles they face as they apply to medical school. The program provides these students with an intensive summer MCAT preparatory program, learning skills assessment and workshops, psycho-social support, a year of rigorous upper-division science course work, seminars on health care for underserved populations, and sustained advice on the medical school admissions process. Perhaps most importantly, the program provides students with the support they need to believe in their dreams.
To date, the school has helped over 165 students matriculate into medical school with a high percentage of those choosing to practice in the underserved areas where they are so urgently needed. By drawing students from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the program, we are increasing the diversity and cultural competence of practicing physicians throughout California and beyond.
We encourage you to share news about yourself in our class notes section of UC Davis Medicine magazine. Please send your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can include you in our requests for updates.
I I am currently a family physician at El Dorado County Community Health Center in Placerville, which serves a predominately rural underserved community. I remain connected to academia by mentoring post-baccalaureate students, acting as a clinical preceptor for UC Davis medical students and inspiring future generations of Latino physicians.