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Future Physician Leaders



Future Physician Leaders Program

Future Physician Leaders offers a summer program for premedical students who are dedicated to improving the health of the community and who are from Inland Southern California. The program promotes life-long mentorship and aims to support premedical students through their college journey to medical school. Throughout the year students have opportunities to volunteer and participate in various health conferences, workshops, and community events.


The History of the Future Physician Leaders Program

The Future Physician Leaders (FPL) program is a community-based collaborative effort started in 2009 by Dr. Raul Ruiz while he worked as an emergency medicine physician at Eisenhower Medical Center.

While speaking to groups across the Coachella Valley about the regions' healthcare access crisis and the physician shortage, Ruiz found many students reaching out to him, expressing an interest in pursuing a career in medicine and addressing those underserved populations. As a first generation college student and the son of farm worker parents from the Coachella area, Ruiz understood the challenges faced by the students and sought to create a program that could support and guide these students into a career in medicine.

The foundation of the FPL mentorship program was built during a brainstorming session including Ruiz and 10 Coachella Valley students at a local coffee shop. The program has grown rapidly with more than 170 student participants and has been recognized as a UCR School of Medicine pathway program aimed at preparing Inland Southern California students to become physician leaders in the community.

Ruiz has since been elected as the congressman from the 36th district and is still involved in the program.


Important Dates

FPL 2024 Application Cycle: 
April 1, 2024 - April 30, 2024

FPL Orientation: 
June 2024

Program Start Date:
June 2024

Program End Date:
September 2024