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Associate Dean Ellena Peterson

Whether you are a current or prospective applicant we are here to help you navigate your way through the exciting but sometimes stressful process of applying to medical school.

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UC Irvine's iMedEd Initiative
UC Irvine School of Medicine


The UC Irvine School of Medicine admits 104 students each year into their first-year class from more than 6,000 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., and 12 students participating in the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC). The PRIME-LC students will obtain a master's degree and an M.D. upon completion of their training to become leaders in health care in the underserved Latino communities.

Before graduation from medical school, about 40 percent of our student body prior obtain additional degrees, e.g. an MBA or MPH, or take time to gain additional research experience.

Selection of each medical school 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 important selection factors.

Each class is carefully chosen 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.