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The Programs in Medical Education (PRIME) Academy is a one-week experience designed to help pre-medical students who aspire to address the health needs of California’s Latino, African, Black and Caribbean communities pursue a career in medicine. Our Academy helps scholars to gain knowledge, skills, and experience which will advance their ability to champion social justice and foster health equity. Our goal is to facilitate a pathway to one of the UCI School of Medicine’s two PRIME programs.

Who should apply to the PRIME-Academy?

Candidates should have enrolled in, or completed degrees, in 4-year undergraduate institutions and have interest in applying to the UCI School of Medicine PRIME Programs. Like our PRIME medical students, applicants should have a record of experience in disadvantaged Latino, African, Black and/or Caribbean communities and a demonstrated passion to serve these communities in medical school and beyond. Applicants from all backgrounds are welcome to apply to the academy.

With the goal of training physicians to meet the needs of under-resourced communities, UC Irvine School of Medicine offers two Programs in Medical Education (PRIME) that provide enhanced medical school curriculum emphasizing leadership, advocacy and service.


Established by the UCI School of Medicine in 2003, the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) is a five-year MD/Master’s program that is committed to train physicians to address the needs of California’s Latino communities.


PRIME-Leadership Education to Advance Diversity–African, Black and Caribbean (LEAD-ABC) is the first medical school program in the nation designed to specifically develop physician-leaders who will serve the unique health needs of ABC communities.

Session 1

July 8–12, 2024

Session 2

July 15–19, 2024

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