Happy Feet Cohort at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
The program leads to the regular MD with special emphasis on addressing healthcare disparities in medically underserved populations.
Pre-matriculation summer leadership program
Students in the PRIME program will begin their medical school experience by participating in a pre-matriculation summer program that sets the direction for the program and establishes early group bonding. The focus of the summer program is on leadership.
Years 1 - 2
During the first two years PRIME students will complete the regular DGSOM at UCLA core curriculum. Students will also participate in special selective courses during the first and second years. As part of their longitudinal preceptorship experience, PRIME students are paired with a physician practicing in a diverse disadvantaged community in Los Angeles where they practice history taking and physical exam skills often in the context of social and health inequalities.
The summer between the first and second years will focus on a project/research related to health disparities and problems with access to care within underserved populations. Students will present their project/research at the DGSOM Poster Day held at the end of the summer.
In the third-year students will participate in the core clinical clerkships that include Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Radiology. Clerkships will be situated in clinical arenas that particularly address underserved and disadvantaged populations. Students continue to particiapte in the longitudinal preceptorship experience during the third year.
During the fourth year students will complete an advanced degree that designs and implements a project related to improving health for the underserved. Advanced degree options include MBA, MPH, and MPP.
The fifth year will be within the DGSOM Colleges. The "Colleges" will further prepare students for residencies and future role as leaders. College activities include seminars, special and specific electives, a research project and an intense advising and mentoring program. Sub-Internship opportunities to enhance career goals will be stressed. PRIME seniors will present a leadership project as part of the UCLA School of Medicine Senior Scholarship Day.