Regional Pathways to Health Careers Conference: May 20, 2017

About the Conference

Community colleges are important  pathways for students who are Underrepresented in Medicine. As defined by the Association of American Colleges, Underrepresented in Medicine includes individuals from racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population. African Americans, Hispanics, women, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and LGBTQ+ populations are generally considered underrepresented in medicine. To better support community college students' interest in health careers, our Center partnered with Sacramento City College to host an all-day health careers conference at Sacramento City College.

health fair participants

Goals and Objectives

The primary goal of the conference was to facilitate health careers mentoring for high school, college students, and parents. Objectives included:

  1. Increase awareness of UC Davis and other northern California based health career enrichment programs (e.g. summer enrichment programs) targeting pre-health students and particularly underserved pre-health students
  2. Increase confidence in understanding the variety of paths to health careers and how to secure health careers volunteer opportunities;
  3. Increase exposure to clinical skills clinical exam and surgical suturing skills
  4. Increase collaborations among high schools, community colleges, universities, health professions/graduate/medical education programs and community health centers/clinics in Northern California.

panel of health professional speakers



Conference flyer

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Resource fair exhibitors: 

  • California Department of State Hospitals
  • California Primary Care Association
  • Cares Community Health
  • Consumnes River College
  • Dignity Health
  • Health Impact
  • Health Workforce Initiative
  • MiMentor
  • Pre-Health Dreamers
  • Prep Medico
  • Sacramento City College
    • Allied Health Learning Community
    • Hispanic Serving Institute, STEM Equity & Success Initiative
    • Occupational Therapy Assisting Program
  • Sacramento Medical Reserve Corps
  • Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
  • UC Davis School of Medicine
    • Admissions
    • Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce
    • Postabaccaluarete Program
    • Student Run Clinics
  • University of the Pacific, Physician Assistant Program

In partnership with:

  • California Primary Care Association
  • Health Career Connection
  • Latino Coalition for Healthy California
  • Latino Physicians of California
  • Latino Medical Student Association
  • Sacramento Latino Medical Association
  • UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing