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Future Physician Leaders

What is the Future Physician Leaders Program?

The Future Physician Leaders (FPL) program is a summer mentorship program for prospective healthcare students who also want to fulfill a mission of service to the community. The nine-week summer program is comprised of four components: the Leadership Lecture Series, Community Health Project, Program Symposium, and Mentorship Program.

The program enrolls college students from the Inland Southern California region who are committed to 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. After successfully completing the summer program, participants are invited to numerous networking events throughout the year.  The community-based, collaborative program was started in 2009 by Dr. Raul Ruiz.

The program program activities are scheduled to for both in person and synchronous virtual formats with some asynchronous activities. There is no cost to apply or participate in the FPL program.  

For information please contact SOM-FPL@medsch.ucr.edu.


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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. The program consists of leadership lectures, mentoring, and career exploration activities.

Important Dates

Mentor Application Opens: 
March 2023

Mentor Application Deadline: 
April 1, 2023

Mentor Orientation & Training: 
May - June 2023

Program Start Date:
June 2023

Program End Date:
September 2023