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For the first three years of the PRIME-LC program, students are enrolled in small-group discussion Chicano-Latino Studies courses that help them think critically about the complicated issues of race, culture and identity that are always present in healthcare.

Chicano-Latino Studies classes provide students with a different perspective as a complement to the traditional medical school curriculum. Classes are taught in small group discussion sessions, which allows students to participate in robust conversations on important issues regarding Latino culture and healthcare. Professors from the School of Social Sciences with expertise in anthropology and social ecology help students think critically about the complicated issues of race, culture and identity that are always present in healthcare. The first class begins during the pre-MS1 summer session and is taught in Spanish. Subsequent classes are taught in Spanish and English.

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Faculty Leader Dr. Belinda Campos was named the 2019 Angell Faculty Fellow.

Belinda Campos

Pre-MS1 Summer




International Rotation



Immersion Program

Clinical foundations with Latino health emphasis

Patient-centered (PACE) clerkship in clinics serving Latino communities

Clinical rotations in Santa Ana and other underserved locations.

One month clinical rotation in Latin America.

Options include: MPH, MBA and others

Over 95% match into preferred specialty

Chicano-Latino Studies Seminar

Chicano-Latino Studies Seminar

Chicano-Latino Studies Seminar

Education for the PRIME-LC program starts one month before the traditional medical school curriculum. The goals of this program are to expose students to health conditions in California’s Latino communities and to engage them on their path toward becoming physician leaders and advocates for the Latino community. Tuition, fees and travel costs are covered by the program.


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PRIME-LC students greeting children in Peru arriving for health screenings

The capstone project for PRIME-LC is an international rotation which allows students to compare patient-physician interaction and health systems in the US and Latin America.

Immediately after their third year, PRIME-LC students travel to Latin America for the four-week international clinical rotation. While there, medical students see patients working alongside residents and attending physicians. Students also gain exposure to tropical medicine, and are exposed to a variety of clinical scenarios and advanced pathology they wouldn't generally encounter in their clinical rotations. Instruction from outside clinical faculty gives students greater understanding, not only of tropical medicine, but also of cultural factors and socio-economic determinants of health that influence populations.

"I'm so thankful to PRIME-LC for allowing me the opportunity to receive an MPH along with my medical degree. Through my master's degree, I am learning to work with a multidisciplinary mindset by connecting with people around the world and I am gaining the tools to address the systemic issues my patients face." -Kara Percival, who received her master's in Public Health from Harvard University and her medical degree from UCI