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UCI/CHOC Health Equity, Anti-Racism, Trauma-informed care (HEARTi) Program

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The UCI School of Medicine is committed to supporting the AAMC's efforts to "cultivate a diverse and culturally prepared workforce, advance inclusion excellence, imbue equity-mindedness, and enhance engagement with local communities."

To that effect, the UCI School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and UCI/CHOC Pediatric Residency Program created a unique opportunity that complements existing elective clerkships offered to fourth-year medical students. As part of the clinical rotations, there will be a focus on Health Equity, Anti-Racism, and Trauma-informed clinical care.

Who can apply

Students must be in their final year of medical school at the time of the rotation and in good standing. Fourth-year medical students with demonstrated service and commitment to addressing health equity are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

If you are interested in this program, you will need to:

  1. Apply for the subspecialty elective* through VSLO (if you are a visiting student).
  2. Complete the supplemental application of interest for the HEARTi Program.

Program Application


* The choice of subspecialty elective will be made according to the student’s interest and in conjunction with the department, depending on the availability of that elective and the completion of required application information.

The following electives are eligible to be complemented with the 2-hour weekly HEARTi curriculum.

  • Acting intern or SubI at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics at UCI Family Health Center clinics
  • NICU at UCI Medical Center
  • Infectious Diseases at CHOC
  • Child Abuse and Neglect at diverse sites


Students will receive a grade and credit for the rotation based on their performance on the elective. Participation in the HEARTi program does not calculate into the grade for the rotation, but participation may be acknowledged in their evaluation for tracking purposes.

For questions about the program, please contact Dr. Behnoosh Afghani at