PRIME-US History

Voter Funded

In November of 2006, California voters approved Prop. 1D: The Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006. The medical-education portion of the funding was intended to expand the University's medical schools in meaningful ways and enhance its telemedicine programs throughout the state. 

Targeting Underserved Populations

The UC PRIME initiative seeks to address the needs of many of California's most disadvantaged groups and communities. Each program is structured as five-year MD with Master's programs that will prepare students as clinicians, leaders and advocates for their communities. While PRIME-US focuses on the urban underserved, other campuses train physicians for working with other underserved communities, including rural populations and Latino communities.


The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and the Joint Medical Program (JMP) at the University of California Berkeley successfully piloted the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US) in 2006.

In 2007, PRIME-US expanded the class size of UCSF and the JMP for the first time in decades, welcoming twelve new students to the program (in addition to the ten pilot students). 


In addition to state support, PRIME-US has also received funding from The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the WellPoint Foundation, the Metta Fund, and individual donors and alumni.

Article about the History of PRIMEUS:

The History of PRIME.pdf