Director, Latino Center for Medical Education and Research

Katherine Flores, MD

Katherine A. Flores, MD

Education Director, Latino Center For Medical Education And Research

Stephanie Huerta Alvarez

Stephanie Huerta Alvarez

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Latino Center for Medical Center and Research

The UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER) provides multiple programs to address the serious shortage of Latino physicians and other healthcare professionals in the area. The mission of LaCMER is to develop individuals to become healthcare professionals who will ultimately return to the San Joaquin Valley and to provide culturally competent health care services to the medically underserved.

Health Pathway programs like the Doctors Academy and Junior Doctors Academy prepare students for careers in the healthcare field. These programs are proven to increase students’ exposure to healthcare careers and significantly impact college readiness, with 100% of our students receiving college acceptance.

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Your support makes our work possible. We rely on grants and private donations to sustain our Doctors Academy and Junior Doctors Academy programs. Your contribution enables our student graduates to fulfill their dreams of becoming physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, and more. Together, we can build a stronger, more diverse health care workforce prepared to tackle the urgent problems of underrepresentation and access to care in the San Joaquin Valley.

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Explore other ways to give or contact Kathleen Smith, at the UCSF Fresno Development Department at or 559-499-6426 for assistance with your gift.