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Javon Young—Our Mentee Is On His Way To College and Medical School

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Mission Statement

To provide tools and knowledge that inspire and lead socio-economically disadvantaged students towards a pathway to college and medicine

Program Description

The K-12 Program at UC Davis School of Medicine sponsors and supports a variety of programs and opportunities year round that allow students to develop and sustain an interest in medicine and science while promoting early college preparation and readiness.

Housed within the Office of Student and Resident Diversity, the K-12 Outreach Program marks the first step in the pipeline effort to produce a workforce of health workers that reflects diversity and will reduce health disparities in their various fields and the communities in which they will serve.

The program offerings happen at the School of Medicine or within the community to build mentorship, leadership and support for both medical students and the K-12 students they serve, ensuring the skills necessary for success in both academic and career goals for all participants.

The journey starts here…

The program coordinator works with the UC Davis School of Medicine Student Interest Groups and Pre-med/Pre-health students from UC Davis to provide the following services based on availability:

  • Classroom visits (presentation or workshop on various topics)
  • College Fairs
  • Career Days
Health Equity Academy – Leaders for Tomorrow’s Healthcare (HEALTH)
(formally Saturday Academy)

Socio-economically disadvantaged high school students are invited to apply to participate in a free “mini medical school” taught by medical school students 6 Saturdays.

Program participants will have the following opportunities:

  • Learn about opportunities in health careers
  • Participate in hands-on workshops taught by medical school students
  • Attend an awards ceremony and luncheon

HEALTH Equity Academy Flier (PDF)

HEALTH Equity Academy Application (PDF)

Summer Scrubs

The Summer Scrubs Program provides talented high school students from socio-economically disadvantaged communities with a sense of the opportunities in science and health care careers through a series of presentations and hands-on activities led by medical students, faculty and staff. The program is offered 3-4 days in the summer to build upon lessons learned throughout the academic year and promote academic readiness and preparation.

Our partners include

  • UC Davis, Early Academic Outreach Program
  • UC Davis, Educational Talent Search Program
  • UC Davis, Upward Bound Program

UC Davis Medical Explorers Program

The UC Davis Medical Explorers Program is a hands-on career education program for socio-economically disadvantaged Sacramento high school students interested in a career in medicine or health sciences. Students explore the health care field through hands-on activities, weekly meetings and interactions with medical school students and other health care professionals.

The program takes place at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Through this program, students gain exposure, knowledge and access to resources that inform them of various health care professions and the pathways to achieve their career goals. Students are also exposed to the medical education environment at the UC Davis School of Medicine, where they learn about the application process, studying skills, clinical vignettes and the use of medical terminology and equipment.

Program Principles/Emphases:

  • Career Opportunities
  • Life Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership Experience

*This program has concluded and is no longer accepting applications for participation.

For inquiries regarding the K-14 Outreach Programs, please contact:

Charrise Torres
(916) 734-8024
UC Davis School of Medicine
Office of Student and Resident Diversity
4610 X Street, Suite 4101, Sacramento, CA 95817

For inquiries regarding the UC Davis Main Campus, please contact:

Undergraduate Admissions
(530) 752-2971
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Book a Tour

The Office of Student and Resident Diversity hosts tours of the UC Davis School of Medicine for interested high school and community college students and student groups. Click to reserve your spot on a tour.