The Program in Medical Education – Health Equity
(PRIME-HEq) is part of a system-wide effort at the University of
California to train physicians better able to meet the needs of the
diverse Californian population who are traditionally underserved by the
- Do I need to provide any additional information to be considered for
- No, you only need to let us know that you are interested in the
program. The PRIME-Health Equity subcommittee will review your AMCAS
application and will determine eligibility for the program based on your
entire application with a special emphasis on your Biographical
sketch, Extracurricular Activities and Interviewer's comments.
- I understand that there are required electives; however, will there
still be opportunities for other electives, such as Medical Spanish?
- Yes, there is one required elective in the fall and one in the
spring of your first year. So there is room for other electives.
- What do the numbers in parentheses next to the elective titles mean?
- The numbers in parentheses refer to the number of quarter credits
for each elective.
- The in-depth study that is involved in PRIME-HEq, is that in
addition to the regular academic program, or is it an additional year?
- The in-depth study is an additional year of study in a Master's
Degree program of your choice. PRIME-Health Equity is a five-year Dual
Degree MD/Master's program. Four years for the MD and one year for the
Masters. The additional year will typically take place after the third
year, but exceptions based on program requirements can be made.
- Because it is a dual MD/Master's program, are GRE scores required?
- No GRE scores are required for our existing MD/Master's programs.
You may want to complete a Master's in a program not on our list, in
that case we will have to find out what that program requires.
- Do you complete a thesis for the Master's as well as the ISP portion
for your MD?
- When medical students enrolled in a Master's program, they no longer
have to complete the ISP required for the MD program, just as MD-PhD
students do not have to do an ISP.