Efrain Talamantes, an assistant professor of internal medicine and an expert in advancing equity and diversity in the field of medicine, has been named an Emerging Scholar for 2018 by the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Talamantes was among just 14 scholars (all under the age of 40) from around the nation who were selected for the honor because of their unique accomplishments in teaching, research and community service, and their scholarly awards and honors.
Talamantes is known for his commitment to health care education and career opportunities for students from all backgrounds. He is playing a key role in a number of departments and programs within UC Davis Health, where he serves as co-director of the UC Davis Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce and associate director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities. He also guides UC Davis’ internal medicine residency program as its associate director.
“Dr. Talamantes has superb leadership skills, outstanding clinical and academic potential, a track record of scholarship and funding to enhance diversity in the health professions pipeline, and an unwavering commitment to underserved populations,” said Mark Henderson, associate dean for Admissions and professor of internal medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine.
With research that has focused on the Latino pre-health pipeline and the predictors of primary care practice among medical school applicants, Talamantes has helped emphasize the importance of the community college pathway for underrepresented minority medical school applicants. His research has also looked at the predictors of physicians’ intention-to-practice in underserved communities, which are an important determinant for improving health and health care.
“We are incredibly proud of Dr Talamantes,” said Tonya Fancher, associate dean for Workforce Innovation and Community Engagement who also co-directs the university's workforce center with Talamantes. “He is forging a network of community collaborations to bolster the pathway to health careers, with a particular focus on students in community colleges and post-baccalaureate programs, students who are deeply important to the future of health care.”
Talamantes received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, where he was director of Chicanos and Latinos for Community Medicine, and director of the Black Latino AIDS project. He received an M.B.A. from Emory University in 2007 and his M.D. degree from the UCLA School of Medicine in 2008. His business degree helped him develop the national infrastructure for the Latino Medical Student Association, of which he served as president.
Following a residency in internal medicine at UC Davis, Talamantes was selected for the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, where he received a master of science degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. During his time in Southern California, he served as a clinical instructor at the UCLA School of Medicine and was the founding medical director at Martin Luther King Community Hospital when it reopened in 2015.
Talamantes also is a member of the California Medical Association, Latino Physicians of California, National Hispanic Medical Association and the Society of General Internal Medicine.