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UC Irvine PRIME-LC director Charles Vega, M.D.

UC Irvine PRIME-LC director Dr. Charles Vega describes the program's goals and accomplishments

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UC Irvine PRIME-LC student Karla Lozano

Karla Lozano and members of UC Irvine School of Medicine's Class of 2015 come from different walks of life but they share a desire to care for others.

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UC Irvine PRIME-LC students Bryce Spitze and Brenda Campos-Spitze with children

Between classes and clinical rotations, UC Irvine PRIME-LC medical students make the three-hour drive to Duroville to help lessen the health impact of poverty. 

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UC Irvine PRIME-LC student Sarah Lopez

UC Irvine's Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), the first of its kind in the country, has sparked other community-based medical education programs in California and across the nation.

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Program in Medical Education
for the Latino Community: PRIME-LC

A crucial mission of the UC Irvine School of Medicine is to educate highly qualified physicians to serve the diverse populations of California. The Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME LC) was designed to help fulfill this mission.

The five-year combined Medical Degree/Masters training Program responds to an increasing demand for physician-leaders who are culturally sensitive and linguistically competent to address the specific needs of California's Latinos.

Students from all backgrounds are eligible for enrollment in the program.