Post Baccalaureate and Outreach Programs
Donate to the School of Medicine Post Baccalaureate Program
Did your experience in the UCSF School of Medicine Post Baccalaureate Program help you achieve your goals? If so, what better way to share your appreciation than to help future students succeed?
Please consider giving as you are able to the UCSF School of Medicine Post Baccalaureate Program. Your donation will support our program, helping to fund student scholarships and program expenses.
To donate online, please click on this link or if you click on the “Contribute" button on this page, select the link at the end of the Post Baccalaureate Program program description. We appreciate your help!
Joyce Viloria, M.D.
UCSF School of Medicine Post Baccalaureate Program ‘04
Dr. Viloria came to the United States at five years of age from the Philippines and settled in East San Jose California with her mother. Growing up in East San Jose presented its own set of challenges for Dr. Viloria, including attending poor and under-resourced public schools. Overfelt High School was plagued with the ills of many inner city schools: poverty, gang activity, and one of the lowest graduation rates in the State of California. With guidance from several supportive and devoted teachers, however, Dr. Viloria explored her interest in science and excelled in school. She later became the first in her family to attend college and, eventually, medical school. Dr. Viloria matriculated to Santa Clara University where she majored in biology and minored in sociology. As a commuter student, Dr. Viloria initially found it difficult to adjust to the college atmosphere. It was her first experience surrounded by people with privilege and she felt out-of-place, and was hesitant to join this new community. Her sociology courses helped assuage her feelings of not belonging, and she began to explore the opportunities that college had to offer.
After Dr. Viloria completed college, she applied to medical school unsuccessfully. She was not deterred from pursuing a career in medicine and sought out the UCSF Post Baccalaureate Program for assistance. The program provided her with the guidance she needed to successfully navigate the medical school application process.
As an immigrant, Dr. Viloria experienced the struggles non-English speaking and immigrant families endure while seeking healthcare. Her experiences, and those of loved ones, pushed her toward becoming a primary care physician. She liked the idea of being a patient’s first encounter within the healthcare system, and helping patients manage their chronic illnesses. During her residency at San Francisco General Hospital, she received additional training focused on the care of underserved communities. This training allowed her to assist her patients and community after residency. In an effort to help the Filipino community prevent disease and manage their health, she participates in Kaiser’s diabetes classes. As a public service, Dr. Viloria helped to create a ‘How to Survive a Filipino Party’ video on YouTube. Since she has experienced the need for guidance throughout her journey to becoming a doctor, Dr. Viloria wanted to give back to others who need guidance. Since 2012, she has visited UC Berkeley on an annual basis to talk to pre-medical students about her past experiences as a pre-medical student, medical student, resident and physician. Dr. Viloria’s advice to pre-medical students: “Find something you enjoy doing; you can make your own story. Keep an open mind as you go through your path, and find what you love and what makes you happy. In the end, being a doctor is great but it’s not easy; it’s a lot of sacrifice, time and years that go into it.” Dr. Viloria’s journey reminds us that with hard work, determination and a strong support system one can attain their goals.
White Coats Everywhere!
Congratulations to our most recent alumni on their matriculation to medical school. White coats and post baccalaureate alumni at CDU, UCLA, UCSF, UC Davis and UKansas!
The 2015-16 UCSF Post Bac class recently completed the program. Below is a photo of the students after their CQI symposium on May 20th, 2016.