The Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC) was established in 2004 in response to an increasing demand for physician-leaders who are culturally sensitive and linguistically competent to address the specific needs of California's Latinos.

Administered through the UC Irvine School of Medicine, the combined five-year medical degree/master’s program includes second- and third-year Chicano/Latino studies courses taught by CLS department faculty Belinda Campos and Alana LeBron.  The seminar-style courses are designed to help physicians in training think carefully and critically about the social determinants of illness and health, the social and cultural lives of Latinos in California, the culture of biomedicine in which they train and work, and how assumptions of biomedical culture influence patient treatment and outcomes.

Under the mentorship of both medical and Chicano/Latino studies faculty, all PRIME-LC students develop a master's project plan as part of the 2nd year seminar course.  Faculty also continue to work with program residents on community-based projects.

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