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Commentary: COVID-19 reveals need to increase diversity among California physicians

CalMatters, March 4, 2021 (Guest commentary)

March 4, 2021

Commentary: COVID-19 reveals need to increase diversity among California physicians

One of the most successful initiatives we tracked is the UC Programs in Medical Education (UC PRIME), which combines targeted recruitment with additional training to help graduates meet the needs of underserved populations. In the four years after the program was launched at UC Irvine in 2004, the number of Latinx students at UC medical schools jumped by 21%, while the number of Black students climbed 25%.