Office of Student and Resident Diversity

UC Davis School of Medicine
4610 X Street, Suite 4101
Sacramento, CA 95817

hs-osrd@ucdavis.edu

Faculty

Jorge Garcia headshotJorge A. García, M.D., M.S., FACP
Associate Dean for Diverse and Inclusive Learning Communities
(pronouns: he, him, his)
jzgarcia@ucdavis.edu

Dr. García focuses on day-to day-student support for OSRD initiatives. Dr. García is well known and beloved by students and patients alike. He was an Associate Instructor of Record for both the Internal Medicine and Primary Care clerkships. His multiple teaching awards, including the American College of Physicians Distinguished Teacher and Mentor Award, reflect his strong belief that serving the health needs of diverse communities starts with inspiring and nurturing culturally diverse students. Dr. García was one of the founding members of the Colleges, later serving as a Faculty Mentor, and has continued to support our students in numerous ways. Dr. García is a tremendous source of support, guidance, and mentorship for our students.

 

Ruth Shim, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean for Diverse and Inclusive Education
(pronouns: she, her, hers)
rshim@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Shim is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses on mental health disparities and inequities, and she provides clinical psychiatric care in the UC Davis Early Diagnosis and Preventative Treatment (EDAPT) Clinic. She is co-editor of The Social Determinants of Mental Health and the recently published Social (In)Justice and Mental Health. Dr. Shim received a Master of Public Health specializing in health policy from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and an M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine.

 

Olivia Campa, M.D.
Faculty Director, Postbaccalaureate Program
(pronouns: she, her, hers)
omcampa@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Campa is a General Internist at the University of California Davis Medical Center where she is a Primary Care doctor, the Director of the Postbaccalaureate Program, the Associate Director of Clinical Operations for the Division of General Internal Medicine and a Core Faculty Member for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Campa is passionate about mentoring and promoting the success of diverse students at many levels of education to encourage them to successfully become providers that improve care delivery. She is especially passionate about ensure principles of inclusion are reflected in health system policies driving delivery of inclusive care.

 

Dr. Fernandez Y Garcia Headshot

Erik Fernández y García, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
Director for Diversity in Graduate Medical Education
(pronouns: he, him, his)
efernandezygarcia@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Fernandez y Garcia is the inaugural Director for Diversity in Graduate Medical Education, working in both the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Office of Resident and Student Diversity. The focus of his role is to support residents and fellows during their time here at UC Davis Health and help prepare them to thrive in their future careers. In addition, the Director for Diversity in GME will assist residency and fellowship programs in meeting their diversity and inclusion goals. Dr. Fernandez y Garcia received his M.D. from Charles R. Drew/UCLA, M.P.H. from UCLA, and pediatric residency and Multicultural Health Fellowship from Children's Hospital Oakland. In his many years here at UC Davis Health, he has worked clinically as a general pediatrician in community clinic partnerships and his research and teaching have focused on neighborhood engagement, intergenerational mental health in primary care, and pediatric healthcare disparities. He also has the honor of being an Academic Coach for the TEACH-MS cohort and has received advanced training in, created, and participated throughout his career in EDI efforts focused on instilling Cultural Humility into healthcare learner curriculum. Dr. Fernandez y Garcia is a first-generation Salvadoran American who was born and raised in Sacramento and that history and experience grounds and influences all of his activities.

 

Laura Kester Prakash, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Outreach Curriculum K-12
lkester@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Kester is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics here at UC Davis School of Medicine where she provides clinical services in Adolescent Medicine. In addition, she is an Associate Program Director for the UC Davis Pediatric Residency Program. She did her undergraduate work at Mount St. Mary’s University (2002) and received her M.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2007). She then completed her Pediatric Residency at Tufts University School of Medicine (2010). She also completed her Adolescent Medicine Fellowship and received a Masters of Public Health with emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Indiana University School of Medicine (2013). Dr. Kester is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

 

Dr. José Morfín, M.D.
Principal Investigator, UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium
pbcentraladmin@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Jose Morfin is the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium Principal Investigator. Dr. Morfin grew up in Northern California in a farming and working class community. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school to pursue higher education. He has a strong interest in community outreach to underserved populations to improve health care delivery, as well as promoting health professional careers amongst Underrepresented in Medicine (UIM) groups.

Staff

Charlene Green headshotCharlene Green, Psy.D., M.A., LMFT
Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Retention
(pronouns: she, her, hers)
cgreen@ucdavis.edu

Charlene Green, Psy.D. serves as Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Retention at UC Davis School of Medicine, overseeing respective aspects of programmatic and administrative matters related to admissions, student/resident diversity, and student development. She leads the Community of Practice efforts for UC Davis’s national Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce, facilitating forums and ensuring that stakeholders and community partners achieve success in creating and implementing institutional action plans toward a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

 

Picture of Paty GonzalezPatricia (Paty) M. González, M.A.Ed.
Manager
(pronouns: she, her, hers)
pmgonzalez@ucdavis.edu

Paty serves as the Manager for the Office of Student and Resident Diversity, and she also leads the continuous development of current and new OSRD pathway programs leading into the medical school. She conducts research on best practices for underrepresented students in medicine to enter and succeed in medical education.  Since 2011, she has been a key team member in the development of workforce diversity medical education programs. In collaboration with multiple universities and community partners, she managed the initial development and daily operations of two Community Health Scholar programs, the San Joaquin Valley PRIME, focused on developing physician leaders for California’s Central Valley and the Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care, the first 3-year MD program in California. Paty serves as Vice-Chair for the Latino Staff and Faculty Association at UC Davis Health, she co-chairs the Office of Medical Education Community Involvement Committee, volunteers for the No One Dies Alone Program at the Medical Center, and is a co-founder of The Pantry at UC Davis Health.

 

Picture of Damian ChambersDamian Chambers
Administrative Assistant
(pronouns: he, him, his)
dmchambers@ucdavis.edu

Damian studied at Berklee College of Music majoring in Contemporary Writing & Production. After Berklee he returned to California and went on to get a degree in Sociology. He has since began working on his own music school, with the goal to bring a higher quality of music education to Sacramento with the hopes of expanding. Damian is excited to contribute his skills and experience from working in the Office of Admissions and Auditions at Berklee College of Music where he also planned various outreach events for students interested in auditioning for the school.

 

Picture of Nancy GalindoNancy Galindo, M.A.
Undergraduate Initiatives Program Coordinator
(pronouns: she, her, hers)
ngalindo@ucdavis.edu

Nancy Galindo serves as the Undergraduate Initiatives Program Coordinator supporting students to become competitive applicants to medical school through pathway initiatives and programs including Postbaccalaureate Program and the Medical School Preparatory Education Program (MSPEP). Previously, she worked for City Colleges of Chicago supporting students through their academic journey with a focus on assisting students obtain admissions to a variety of healthcare programs. Nancy was a first-generation college student and feels fortunate to have had various people along her academic journey leading the way. She is committed to paying it forward and assist students navigate the higher education system.

 

Picture of Yezenia GonzalezYezenia Gonzalez
Student Administrative Assistant
(pronouns: she, her, hers)
yezgonz@ucdavis.edu

Yezenia supports the Office of Student and Resident Diversity assisting in administrative efforts, outreach, and pre-medical pathway programs. Previously Yezenia worked with underserved communities as a medical assistant and medical Spanish translator. In addition, she has led community projects with high school students interested in STEM. Currently, she volunteers for Youth Leaders Society of Sacramento. With a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Riverside, it is her goal to mentor and academically advise non-traditional students. She hopes to continue her graduate education and serve underrepresented communities. 

Cassidy Kays headshotCassidy Kays
UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium Coordinator
(pronouns: she, her, hers)
cakays@ucdavis.edu

Cassidy Kays is the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium Coordinator and serves the 4 UC programs: Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She has previous experiences at Sacramento City College working in student affairs assisting with student enrollment, managing advising appointments, and providing guidance to students on various pathway programs and support services. She is a proud community college graduate and transfer student. Cassidy has a passion for working with students from disadvantaged backgrounds and values the role of mentorship in educational outcomes. With an associate's and bachelor's degree in Sociology from Sacramento City College and UC Davis, she has the goal of promoting equity and creating opportunities for student success.

 

Picture of Eva LeeEva Lee, M.S.
Resident Diversity and Recruitment Coordinator
(pronouns: she, her)
eclee@ucdavis.edu 

Eva serves as the Resident Diversity and Recruitment Coordinator, she is the principal staff responsible for planning and implementing diversity activities and programs for residents and leading recruitment events for residency applicants from diverse backgrounds. Events include, open house, second look, and social mixers. In addition, Eva coordinates the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program (VEP) to diversify UCDH residency programs while supporting residents’ unique needs. Prior to joining the OSRD team, she served as a Senior Career Advisor with the UC Davis Internship and Career Center where she advised, consulted, and planned with students and employers in building internships and career opportunities, diversity and inclusion networking engagements, and career exploration programming. Eva holds a Master of Science in Counseling from CSU Sacramento and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a minor in Asian American Studies from UC Davis. Outside of her professional role, she works on various passion projects ranging from video podcasting, career coaching, and career development workshops in helping job seekers and career changers find a meaningful career.  

 

Picture of Larly LeeLarly Lee, M.A.
Early Academic Preparation Coordinator
(pronouns: he, him, his)
larlee@ucdavis.edu

Larly Lee serves as the Early Academic Preparation Coordinator supporting the pathway efforts for the K-12 outreach programs including the Health Equity Academy. He has a bachelor’s degree in Multicultural and Gender Studies from CSU Chico. Larly brings a diverse experience in academic advising, program planning, and mentorship. Previously, he worked for the TRIO Educational Talent Search program at CSU Chico providing first-generation, low-socioeconomically disadvantaged 6th-12th grade students with the knowledge and tools for college success. He understands what it means to grow up in a rural area and the importance of being a first-generation college graduate. Larly is committed in providing underrepresented minorities the accessibility to higher education and the inspiration to pursue health-related careers.

 

Christine headshotChristine Tran, M.S.
Pathway Programs Project Specialist
(pronouns: she, her, hers)
chttran@ucdavis.edu

As the Pathway Programs Project Specialist, Christine Tran evaluates and assesses OSRD's diversity outreach programs to ensure that current programming is meeting the evolving assessment and evaluation needs of the unit.  Christine also works closely in collaboration with the OSRD team to deliver high quality pre-med pipeline programs, as well as support programs that meet the needs of current medical students and residents.  Previously, Christine served as a Graduate Program Advisor at UC Davis, and an Undergraduate Counselor at UC Irvine, where she supported students from matriculation through graduation, with a focus on advising, outreach and recruitment and program development.  Christine is passionate about finding creative and innovative ways to promote positive student learning experiences and continue to meet the evolving needs of students.

 

Picture of Megan WestMegan West
Writing Specialist
(pronouns: she, her, hers)
mejwest@ucdavis.edu

As a Writing Specialist, Megan works with students to develop and refine their writing. She supports students with creating holistic personal statements that highlight their diverse backgrounds and perspectives. In addition to supporting students, Megan supports faculty and staff at OSRD with writing projects including letters of support, grant requests, and reports. Megan previously worked in community mental health and is passionate about increasing diversity in healthcare. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Sociology from UC Davis, where she completed award-winning research and writing projects. As a first-generation college student and community college graduate, Megan participated in mentorship programs for educationally disadvantaged students while attending UC Davis and strives to create the same sense of community, safety, and support for students in the OSRD programs.