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The Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) at UC Irvine's School of Medicine was established in 2004 with a projected capacity of 60 students in all levels of the five-year medical school curriculum.

The combined Medical Degree/Masters 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 upon acceptance to UC Irvine School of Medicine. Successful applicants should have outstanding academic credentials, at least a basic (but solid) Spanish-language conversational ability and a significant commitment to the Latino community. We encourage all who are interested to apply, including those who are not currently California residents.

Extracurricular activities

In addition to the educational process, students profit from being involved in extracurricular activities that help them develop, improve and demonstrate strong leadership, service commitment and advocacy skills.

The programs they have participated in include: internships in California’s state capitol and Harbor-UCLA Department of Family Medicine; serving as student government leaders; founding the UC Irvine Chapter of PhRma Free; organizing the first medical student lobby day for universal health care in Sacramento as well as lunchtime talks on health policy, business of medicine and activism.

PRIME-LC students have also participated in international activities in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Cuba and Peru; been awarded grants for a bi-national health study in Santa Ana, Calif. and Chiapas, Mexico; and have developed proposals for cervical cancer prevention in Nicaragua and medical education in Panama.

Dual program flexibility

Most graduates have been accepted to the top residency program of their choice. As part of the dual program, PRIME-LC students have chosen masters in public health, public policy and business administration or a one-year fellowship. PRIME-LC offers students the flexibility to obtain their masters at a creditable university of their choice. Special arrangements with the MBA and MPH programs at UC Irvine and Cal State University, Long Beach, have been established and these programs have tailored their curricula to focus on educational goals germane to PRIME-LC.

Our students have also enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Michigan, UCLA, UC Berkeley and Harvard University.

All applicants must complete and submit an American Medical College Application Service application between June 1 and Nov. 1 of the year preceding anticipated admission. Qualified candidates will receive a UC Irvine secondary application including a supplemental application for the PRIME-LC program.

The Admissions Committee will review the secondary application materials and select candidates that will be advanced to the interview process. If selected, interviewing applicants will have one interview conducted in Spanish.

PRIME-LC Curricula Span All Three Levels of Medical Education
1. Medical School Training (undergraduate medical education)
2. Residency (graduate medical education)
3. Post-Graduate (continuing medical education)