Skip to content


UC Irvine PRIME-LC students

UC Health’s central office supports operational initiatives at individual campuses and development of systemwide initiatives, promoting collaboration among the university’s health professional schools.

UC Programs in Medical Education (UC PRIME) is an example of such initiatives. UC PRIME is an innovative training program focused on meeting the needs of California’s underserved populations in both rural communities and urban areas by combining specialized coursework, structured clinical experiences, advanced independent study and mentoring. These activities are organized and structured to prepare highly motivated, socially conscious students as future clinicians, leaders and policymakers. Each new program has an area of focus that is selected based upon faculty expertise, the populations served by each school and its medical center, and other local considerations. Each continues to develop and improve its guidelines for admission and recruitment of students and its new curriculum designed to educate and train future physician leaders, researchers and advocates for the communities they will serve.

Below are the six prime programs

Learn about the UC PRIME initiative

Read the PRIME legislative report