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Kathleen Smith
Assistant Director of Development
(559) 499-6426

UCSF Fresno
Development Department
155 North Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93701

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Training Our Own – Right Here in the Valley Through the San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME)

The UCSF School of Medicine is committed to recruiting and training the top medical students in the country. Our peer SJV PRIME mentorsinstitutions are going to great lengths to make medical education more affordable and accessible. To continue welcoming the brightest and most diverse students, UCSF must do the same.

The San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME) was designed to prepare medical students to address the unique health needs of the Valley’s diverse and underserved populations. It is a tailored track at UCSF School of Medicine for medical students who are committed to ensuring high quality medical care to improve health for those living in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Students enrolled in SJV PRIME, currently spend 18 months at UCSF in San Francisco and then move to Fresno for the remainder of their medical school training at the UCSF Fresno branch medical campus. The goal is that once the branch medical campus is completed in Fresno, students will spend all of their training experience in Fresno. This fall, 12 students were accepted into the program, with the goal of increasing to 50 new students each year. Scholarships are needed to support these students.

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 SJV PRIME.

“We must offer our extraordinarily talented medical students the comprehensive resources and financial aid necessary for them to thrive and graduate without enormous debt. They are the future of medicine.”

Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD
Dean, UCSF School of Medicine

Students face difficult challenges such as high housing costs and rising tuition, driven by the decline in state funding; pursuing a specialty that inspires them or one that enables them to repay their student debt; and for the first time, UCSF is losing students to institutions that can provide greater financial support.

Your gift will help defray the cost of tuition and living expenses of SJV PRIME students and help support the future careers of some of the most diverse and public service-minded medical students in the nation for generations to come.

For more information about how you can help shape the future of medicine, please contact Kathleen Smith, Development, UCSF Fresno at (559) 499-6426 or

Make a gift now to the SJV PRIME Scholarship Fund