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About our mission-based programs

The UCI School of Medicine's mission-based programs focus on areas of healthcare for which a specific need has been identified. Students enrolled in these programs will enhance their general medical school training by receiving additional in-depth training in specific areas of healthcare.

Medical school applicants are eligible to be considered for these programs once they are admitted.

Our mission-based programs include:

  • Health Education to Advance Leaders in Integrative Medicine (HEAL-IM)

    HEAL-IM is designed to train future physicians in the practice of compassionate, evidence-based integrative medicine. Students will learn to deliver whole-person care by incorporating foundational elements — balanced nutrition, mindfulness, physical activity, emotion and stress, and social support — into their medical practice. In addition, students will have the opportunity to take an additional year to obtain a certificate in advanced integrative medicine or a master’s degree supporting the effective implementation of integrative medicine practices.

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  • Leadership Education to Advance Diversity-African, Black and Caribbean (LEAD-ABC)

    LEAD-ABC is intended to develop physician leaders to address the healthcare needs of the African, Black and Caribbean communities. Students in the program will receive in-depth training on the unique health care concerns in these communities. The program offers an optional year to obtain a master's degree in an area that will advance their ability to effect change in the delivery of healthcare for these communities.

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  • Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC)

    PRIME-LC is a mission-based, dual-degree program intended to address the needs of underserved Latino communities. PRIME-LC students are enrolled in a five-year program that culminates in a medical and master's degree in an area of emphasis, e.g., public health, public policy or business. Upon completion of the program, students will have received in-depth cultural, linguistic and leadership training that will enable them to serve the diverse communities of California, particularly underserved Latino populations.

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