Program Curriculum

Students accepted into the SJV PRIME will spend their first 18 months at the main campus in San Francisco. They will then spend the next two and a half years at the UCSF Fresno campus.

Targeted activities include:

  • Introduction to the San Joaquin Valley Course – mini course in the Valley prior to starting in San Francisco that introduces students to the region, and the UC Merced and UCSF Fresno campuses and faculty.
  • During the first 18 months, embedded in the UCSF MD program, SJV PRIME students will have regularly scheduled seminars to explore the health and health care of underserved populations in general and the San Joaquin Valley. Experts on social determinants of health and issues related to the San Joaquin Valley will speak and share their work with SJV PRIME students. The SJV PRIME students will also connect with each other and SJV faculty mentors with opportunities for clinical experiences with underserved populations.
  • During the next year, clinical rotations will be completed at the UCSF Fresno campus in an underserved community and will consist of a longitudinal, outpatient-based clinical experience with traditional-style block rotations in one or two clerkships. A foundational science course will be taught in conjunction with UCSF main campus and UC Merced faculty. A longitudinal professional development course (doctoring) runs concurrently with the curriculum and focuses on health in the Valley as well as clinical reasoning, evidence-based medicine, and health disparities.
  • The final 18 months will include advanced clinical rotations at the UCSF Fresno campus with opportunities to explore clinical electives in San Francisco.  A Deep Explore in-depth scholarship project will be tailored to align with community-based health care needs in the San Joaquin Valley. A formal mentorship program and academic guidance provided by dedicated staff and faculty to ensure personal, professional, and academic success.