UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME




The UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME initiative is a collaboration between UC Davis School of Medicine, the UC San Francisco Fresno Medical Education Program and UC Merced to train the next generation of San Joaquin Valley physicians. It is the latest addition to the University of California's innovative Programs in Medical Education (PRIME), which seek to increase the diversity of the medical profession and remedy the uneven distribution of physicians in California.

PRIME focuses on meeting the needs of distinct regions or populations through specialized course-work, structured clinical experiences and clinical training under the supervision of experienced local practitioners. Graduates of PRIME gain the knowledge and understanding needed to effectively guide health policies and become community leaders. They will go on to become important patient advocates, technologically adept clinicians and life-long learners. Graduates also will enhance the health of their communities by increasing access to clinical care and improving quality of care.









Kenny Banh, MD, FACEP
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education & Student Services
Clerkships at UCSF Fresno
(559) 449-6523
Grace Carlson, BA
Program Coordinator for SJV Prime
Clerkships at UCSF Fresno
(559) 499-6527
 no photo available

Loren Alving, MD

Program Director for SJV Prime

Clerkships at UCSF Fresno

(559) 499-6516




Class News


Class of 2016:

Fabian Alberto, MD - Story about Fabian Alberto and the Rural PRIME rotation he recently did with Dr. Bruce Greenberg, the physician (UC Davis School of Medicine Class of 1975) who delivered him 30 years ago.


Click HERE to view video


Maricela Rangel-Garcia, MD - In Part I, she shares information about the SJV PRIME program, what it was like getting a "Head Start" in Medical School by being a part of this extraordinary program at an extraordinary campus, UCSF Fresno! Maricela also shares her journey and some of the highlights that happened on her very first rotation through the SJV PRIME program at UCSF Fresno. In part II, she provides more information about the SJV PRIME program and how that experience gave her the insight that Internal Medicine was her calling! She also shares information about Longitudinal Medicine and how that has shaped her ability to care for patients. Maricela also highlights her experiences at UCSF Fresno, and why she will be back!


Click HERE to view PART I
Click HERE to view PART II



Class of 2014:

Agustin Morales, MD - is a PGY-2 Resident at UCSF Fresno. Agustin was a UC Davis student that had a unique opportunity to be part of the SJV PRIME Program. In part I, Agustin explains his roots, and why UCSF Fresno is crucial piece in his path to Internal medicine.  In part II, he talks more about SJV Prime program and why CRMC/UCSF Fresno was the perfect fit for him.  In part III, he shares a couple of memorable patient experiences, his views on coming from the Central Coast to the Central Valley, and if a home in Fresno is in his future.


Click HERE to view PART I

Click HERE to view PART II

Click HERE to view PART III



SJV PRIME Class of 2015



  • 04
  • 07
  • 10
  • 11
  • 13



SJV PRIME Class of 2016










PRIME Class of 2017