Training Our Own
The San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME) prepares medical students to address the unique health needs of the Valley’s diverse and underserved populations. The program was started in 2011 as a collaboration between UC Merced, UC Davis, UCSF Fresno and UCSF, with oversight by the UC Davis School of Medicine. In summer 2018, the program was transferred to the UCSF School of Medicine.
Starting in 2019, students in the newly-designed UCSF SJV PRIME will spend 18 months at UCSF in San Francisco and then spend the remainder of their medical school training at UCSF Fresno. The UCSF SJV PRIME will have a class of 12 students per year, after launching with a class of six in 2019, and scholarships are needed to support these enrollees. The transfer of SJV PRIME to UCSF paves the way for a branch campus of the UCSF School of Medicine at UCSF Fresno.
Medical training is demanding and expensive, and the cost of medical school can be a barrier for Valley students. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, medical students in the US graduate with an average $200,000 in education-related debt. Scholarships play a vital role in recruiting medical students to UCSF Fresno and UCSF SJV PRIME. Your gift will help defray the cost of their tuition and living expenses while attending medical school.