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California Medicine Scholars Program

Building a Diverse Primary Care Physician Workforce

Established in 2022, the Region X California Medicine Scholars Program (CMSP) at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine is a pathway program for community college students to explore premedical opportunities that are not traditionally provided in community college.

As a scholar in the Region X CMSP, you will work with a supportive network of individuals – fellow community college students from San Diego and Imperial Valley counties, medical students, residents and faculty – with similar backgrounds and a shared passion for improving the health of our communities.

Throughout the program, medical students will guide you through activities focused on skills development (e.g., learning to suture or administer first-aid), mentorship and community building. You will also be provided resources to improve academic success and aid in transferring to a four-year institution.

“I am excited to be a student-leader for the California Medicine Scholars Program because I want to give back to other students like me. When I was in community college, I found a program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who wanted to pursue STEM fields. The program helped me transfer to UC San Diego and led me to attend medical school here. It’s been really rewarding to see the excitement in our new scholars when they hear stories from physicians and medical students who share similar experiences and backgrounds.” – Kevin Gilbert, MD, former co-assistant program director

2024-2025 Cohort

We recently welcomed the second cohort of scholars for the Region X California Medicine Scholars Program which runs from January 2024-December 2025. The application cycle for the 2025-26 will open in September.

Application Information

In the News

Read the media coverage featuring the Region X CMSP.

UC San Diego Today - March 28, 2024

UC San Diego Today – August 23, 2023

UC San Diego Today – August 8, 2022

Chula Vista Today – August 10, 2022

Inside Higher Ed – August 26, 2022

Additional Pathway Programs

UC San Diego offers several pathway programs for premedical students. The School of Medicine’s Pathways and Community Partners website provides additional information about various programs including the UniversityLink Medical Science Program, an academic enrichment program for community college transfer students who intend to pursue a health professions career.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Region X California Medicine Scholars Program, please contact the CMSP office via email. 

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