"The Doctors Academy program is the foundation to my professional healthcare career. I am truly blessed for all the faculty and mentor support that enabled me to stretch out and explore. The program has provided a wealth of tools and opportunities that uniquely shaped my pathway to become a pharmacist. I am happy that I made the choice to be a part of this amazing program!"


—Nou Lee, UCSF School of Pharmacy, Doctors Academy Class of 2010

"As a first generation immigrant, the Doctors Academy program gave me the confidence and motivation that I could attend a world class university and succeed and even complete a Master’s degree. Even though I am not working in the health sector, the DA Program inspired me to pursue a career in public service advocating for underserved communities worldwide."


—Seng Peng, Senior Development Specialist, Cardno Emerging Markets, Doctors Academy Class of 2003

”Being Latina, a 1st generation college student and a teen mother put me at a huge disadvantage but, Doctors Academy was able to provide me with the tools and inspiration to follow my dreams to become a medical professional in the Central Valley. The dedication and compassion of the staff to the students is truly unmatched. Doctor's Academy is a program that is vital to fill the gaps of health and medical care that currently exist within our community.”


—Stephanie Huerta, 3rd year, Human Biology major at UC Santa Cruz

“The Doctors Academy prepared me for being a competitive undergraduate applicant. Through all the efforts by Dr. Flores and the UCSF Latino Center staff, my dreams of becoming a doctor came true. On May 27, 2012, I graduated from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University with my MD! I owe it all to the Doctor's Academy.” 


—Cynthia L. Vuittonet, MD

The DA has dramatically affected my life and career trajectory.  Before coming into the DA, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up (other than an NBA basketball player!).  From the very first summer course, and throughout the next four years, I had an encouraging, nurturing, supportive environment that consistently expected my utmost effort.  The emphasis the DA placed on serving my community and the pride and joy that comes with being a leader in your community is a unique privilege that I am daily humbled to experience.  Through the one-on-one relationships that the DA fostered, I came to know and love an extended family-- dozens of staff and students who continuously inspire me to serve.  Without the DA, I am almost certain I would not be in medical school.  Indeed, it was only through those 4 years that my passions for serving others health needs were ignited by the DA.  And since then, during the past 8 years, I have come to truly understand and appreciate the significance of this program and how vital it is to city of Fresno and surrounding communities.


—Nathan Singh, UCSF School of Medicine

“Regardless of what career Doctors Academy students pursue, the program has made a tremendous impact in a Fresno school district where one-fourth of students typically drop out.” 


—Anthony Evaristo, BA in Psychology, UC Davis

“Having the opportunity to be part of the Doctors Academy program has supported me to achieve my academic and professional goals.  The guidance provided throughout the program helped me grow personally and professionally.  The Doctors Academy has become a family to me where I can seek guidance/advice." 


Amalia Madrigal, BS, Health Science, California State University, Fresno

” HCOP has been paramount in me attaining my goals of Medical school acceptance in the UCLA Prime program to ultimately be a physician leader for my community. HCOP allowed opportunities for me to network with current professionals and gain insights and advice from those who have blazed the trail before. Another important aspect was the individual advising I received which really help me track my goals and encouraged me to push forward. I owe so much of my success to HCOP!”


Carlos Cassillas – 4th year medical student UCLA Prime



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