What is the Future Physician Leaders Program?

The Future Physician Leaders (FPL) program is a long-term summer mentorship program for prospective medical students who also want to fulfill a mission of service to the community. The seven-week summer program is comprised of three components: the Leadership Lecture Series, Community Service and Research Project, and Physician Shadowing Rotations. While the majority of program takes place during the summer when students are out of school, there are also opportunities to volunteer and participate in various health conferences, workshops and community events throughout the rest of the year. The community-based, collaborative program was started in 2009 by Dr. Raul Ruiz.

There are three sites for the program:

  • Coachella Valley - based out of the UCR Palm Desert Center.
  • Riverside/San Bernardino - based out of CSU San Bernardino
  • Temecula - based out of Temecula City Hall.

The program is intended primarily for college and high school students living in the Inland Southern California region who are interested in and serving their community and pursuing a career in medicine. Space in the program is limited and applicants must sign a social contract ensuring their complete participation.

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Program Overview

The FPL program is a life-long mentorship program that aims to support students through all stages of preparation including college, med school, residency, and beyond. It is made up three overlapping components. These are:

  • The Leadership Lecture Series, a series of educational opportunities that include lectures, workshops and group discussions that bring together students, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professional, partners, and healthcare leaders together in order to foster mentoring relationships.
  • The Community Service and Research Project, exposes students to community service and provides them the opportunity to actively work on improving healthcare access and community health. Past projects have included conducting health talks in community centers and churches, providing blood pressure and diabetes screenings at health fairs, and working with local clinics to develop a free flu vaccine campaigns.
  • The Physician Shadowing Program provides up to 20 participants from each region the opportunity to get a first-person view of what it is like to be a doctor by shadowing physicians once a week for four hours over a six-week period. Participants must complete the Community Service and Research Project and participate in the Leadership Lecture Series to be eligible for the physician shadowing. The program participants must be at least 18-years-old and at least second-year undergraduate or post graduate students.
Important Dates

Application Opens:
February 2020

Application Deadlines:
Priority: April 15, 2020
Final: April 29, 2020 

Notification of Acceptance:
All Sites will be notified mid - May

June 15, 2020

Program Start Date:
June 16, 2020

Program End Date:
July 31, 2020

Mid-August 2020