The University of California School of Medicine admits 104 students each year into their first-year class from over 5,000 applicants. Included in each first year class are six Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) students, who will receive a Ph.D. in addition to their M.D. In addition, 12 students are part of the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC). These students will obtain a masters degree and an M.D. upon completion of their training to become leaders in health care in the underserved Latino communities. Once in medical school, approximately 25% of our student body prior to graduation from medical school obtain other degrees, e.g. an MBA or MPH, or take time to gain additional research experience.
Selection of each class is based on several factors including academics, involvement in research, clinical exposure, community service, and extracurricular activities. Leadership and personal qualities, as determined by interviews and letters of recommendation, are also selection factors.
Each class is carefully chosen as to have a diverse group of students with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds so as to enhance the learning experience of the class.