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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

Class of 2016

Student profiles

 Fabian Alberto Fabian Alberto
I joined SJV PRIME because of my service in Merced. As an AmeriCorps member, I met residents from various creeds and background. I had the opportunity to organize with residents and policy makers to improve youth development, and access to healthy foods. The mobilization and activism of the community showed me the promise of working in the valley. PRIME gives me the opportunity to become the physician that gives back to the underserved community that provided my family with opportunity
 Fakhra Khalid

Fakhra Khalid
My parents were farmers in rural Pakistan. They came from a place where rows of fruit trees compete with buildings, where it’s normal for children to discontinue their education to earn wages, where people sweat and labor with their hands. There, health is not about numbers or doctor visits or even how you feel – it’s about your fate, and it’s simply out of your control. Imagine how much my parents must have felt at home when we immigrated to Central California. The cultures, institutions, and livelihoods that define the San Joaquin Valley are one of a kind, but this is a unique place with common issues. Let’s work together to show our diverse population the importance of continuing education, and how health is personal- it’s achievable. UC Davis SJV Prime is the path I chose to help me become a future leader in the promotion of health and wellness in my Central Valley community.


Maricela Rangel-Garcia  
The San Joaquin Valley is the place I call home, and that is where my heart lies and I see no better place to practice medicine. I chose SJV PRIME because it will allow me to see, experience, and understand the San Joaquin Valley in a way that I never have before.  I will have the opportunity to learn more about the various populations and the huge health disparities that plague this area of California. In addition, I will gain invaluable leadership experience and have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty and staff that share my same values.

 Katy Ruch Katy Lynn Ruch
Growing up in the south Fresno area, as a previous foster care youth, I was immersed in a population of medically under-served, low-income families. Many of these families suffered hardships similar to my own, which left them unable to obtain sufficient medical care due to physician shortages, insurance complications or the family’s inability to pay. I know that there are many communities in the San Joaquin Valley which continue to undergo these adversities. Helping to alleviate some of this disparity is one of the many reasons I chose to participate in the SJV PRIME program.