Office of Student and Resident Diversity

UC Davis School of Medicine

4610 X Street, Suite 4101

Sacramento, CA 95817

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Jorge Garcia headshotJorge A. García, M.D., M.S., FACP
Associate Dean for Diverse and Inclusive Learning Communities
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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
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Olivia Campa, M.D.
Faculty Director, Postbaccalaureate Program
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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.


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Erik Fernández y García, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.
Director for Diversity in Graduate Medical Education
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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

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

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.


Charlene Green headshotCharlene Green, Psy.D., M.A., LMFT
Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Retention
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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.


Patricia (Paty) M. González, M.A.Ed.
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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.


Nancy Galindo, M.A.
Undergraduate Initiatives Program Coordinator
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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.


Shea Hazarian headshotShea Hazarian
Medical Student and Resident Program Coordinator
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As the Medical Student and Resident Program Coordinator, Shea Hazarian supports the Diversity Advisory Council and other student and resident physician groups, and assists with recruitment/retention efforts in both undergraduate and graduate medical education. She has previously worked in Academic Personnel and Faculty Development & Diversity at UC Davis Health. She has also coordinated multiple LGBTQ+ health initiatives including the Improving OUTcomes Conference. She is committed to building and maintaining a learning climate where historically excluded students can thrive. Born and raised on unceded Puyallup land in the Pacific Northwest, Shea has a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of San Francisco.


Cassidy Kays
UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium Coordinator
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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.


Larly Lee, M.A.
Early Academic Preparation Coordinator
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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
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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.