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Leadership Education to Advance Diversity–African, Black and Caribbean

UCI medical school faculty and students attend a Black History Month panel.Leadership Education to Advance Diversity–African, Black and Caribbean (LEAD-ABC) is a new UCI School of Medicine program aimed at producing future physicians who are committed to serving African, black and Caribbean communities in California, the United States and beyond.

LEAD-ABC, which will accept its first students in 2019, is the first medical school program of its kind in the nation to address the unique health needs of black, African and Caribbean islander communities.

This four-year physician training program offers an optional fifth year to allow the medical student to obtain a master's degree in business, public health or biomedical and translational science.

In its inaugural year, LEAD-ABC will offer two full scholarships to cover tuition and fees for the medical degree, as well as tuition and fees for a master's program at UCI.
UCI medical students in a class.

Founded by Dr. Carol Major, assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and Dr. Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, vice dean for Medical Education, this program is driven by the following:

  • Vision: LEAD-ABC will develop the next generation of physician leaders who are committed to public service, social justice and advocacy within these communities.

  • Mission: The mission of LEAD-ABC is to train and support students in medicine as they become medical professionals who will work to reduce healthcare disparities in these communities.

 

Program Goals and Objectives »

Young boy with Dr. Carol Major, UCI School of Medicine's assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusion and director of the LEAD-ABC program.LEAD-ABC is the nation’s first medical education program designed specifically to address the unique healthcare needs of underserved communities of black, African and Caribbean heritage.

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the unique health concerns affecting these populations
  • Perform a culturally competent history and physical of a patient from these communities
  • Develop a project that examines systems-based challenges and addresses the health disparities of these populations
  • View themselves as mentors and future leaders who will advance the provision of quality care to these communities
Proposed Curriculum Schedule »

UCI medical student Kelley Butler bonds with a student at a Long Beach elementary school linked with the medical school's outreach program.LEAD-ABC students will begin medical school one to two weeks before the traditional medical school curriculum. The purpose of this early enrollment is to expose students to health conditions in underserved communities of people of black, African and Caribbean island heritage.

During this period, LEAD-ABC students will experience firsthand the lack of access to healthcare and the varying degrees of disparity in healthcare options in ABC communities. This early exposure is intended to lay a foundation of understanding that hopefully will direct these medical students on a path to becoming physician leaders and advocates for these communities.

LEAD-ABC students also will take undergraduate classes on the UCI campus that examine social inequality, health advocacy and policy. We will partner with the African American Studies Department to create a course focused on the history of black, African and Caribbean islander people. We also will work with a social science or counseling department to help students develop the interpersonal skills needed to interact successfully with patients in these communities.

First and second years 

In the first and second years of medical school, the LEAD-ABC curriculum will cover preclinical fundamentals, with an emphasis on health issues within the black, African and Caribbean islander populations. Weekly seminars will be held as a forum to discuss a variety of specific health-related topics, including:

  • Health equity
  • Health advocacy
  • Healthcare leadership
  • Community engagement

The second year of the LEAD-ABC medical school curriculum also will include a patient-centered clerkship in clinics that serve communities of predominantly black, African and Caribbean heritage.

During these first two years, the students will be able to attend various seminars involving African students. These seminars will include topics on advocacy, leadership, cultural competence, health disparities and community engagement.

Third and fourth years

In the third year, LEAD-ABC medical student rotations will be centered at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, but occasionally will take place at other affiliated hospitals and clinics in the Long Beach area. More than half the required clerkships will take place in Long Beach.

In the fourth year, LEAD-ABC medical students will spend at least four weeks at a healthcare site that serves communities of predominantly black, African and Caribbean heritage.

Throughout their medical school education, LEAD-ABC students will be paired with appropriate mentors who have expertise caring for patients from these communities.

Faculty »

Program Administration

Carol A. Major, MD
Program Director, LEAD-ABC
Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Director, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, MD
Program Advisor, LEAD-ABC
Vice Dean, Medical Education
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

Program Faculty

Douglas M. Haynes, PhD
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Director, ADVANCE Program
Director, Medical Humanities Inter-School Excellence Initiative
Professor, History

Terrance R. Mayes, EdD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion,
Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences
Chief Diversity Officer, UCI Health

Melitza J. Cobham-Browne, MD
Division Chief, General Pediatrics
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

Candice E. Taylor, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director, UCI-CHOC Pediatric Residency Program
Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

Autumn Ivy, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
Researcher, UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

For more information, please contact us at:

LEAD-ABC
UCI School of Medicine
Medical Education Building
836 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92697-4089
Phone: 714-456-5967
Email: camajor@uci.edu