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Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC)

The PRIME-LC program at UCI School of Medicine is a five-year MD/Master’s program committed to training physicians to meet the needs of under-resourced Latino communities.
Our graduates are now working toward achieving one of our most important goals: to create a network of physician-activists and leaders across the state of California — all working in different yet interconnected ways to reduce healthcare disparities for Latino patients, particularly Latino immigrants. Our students have already accomplished some remarkable things in their time here. The establishment of PRIME-LC has enriched our campus and our larger community, and I hope that you are as excited as I am about this tremendous program! -Charles P. Vega, MD Director, PRIME-LC Program


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PRIME-LC Community Partnerships

PRIME-LC students gain experience and work with various community organizations and clinics.  There are approximately 10 programs developed to mentorship for Latinx students.

PRIME-LC students volunteer at:

  • Christ Cathedral Food Bank
  • Centro Cultural de Mexico
  • Madison Park Neighborhood Association
  • Latino Health Access
  • UCI Student Outreach Clinic
  • UCI Harm Reduction Institute (Needle exchange program)
  • Angeles de la Frontera

Contact Us

Questions? View answers to frequently asked questions about our PRIME-LC program

For more information, please contact us at:

UCI School of Medicine
Medical Education Building, 836
836 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92697-4089
Phone: 949-824-7136