Future Physician Leaders Mentorship Program to Hold Reception and Poster Session Aug. 22

Kaiser Permanente-supported Program established by Dr. Raul Ruiz serves 1,000 Inland Empire residents this summer

Members of the Coachella Valley Branch of the Future Physician Leaders program completed their summer community health projects.

Members of the Coachella Valley Branch of the Future Physician Leaders program completed their summer community health projects.Photo credit: UCR School of Medicine.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Members of the news media are invited to attend and cover the event.

PALM DESERT, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The Future Physician Leaders (FPL) mentorship program, a community-based collaborative that is nurturing the next generation of physician leaders, will recognize the work of nearly 150 students at its end-of-summer reception scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the UCR Palm Desert Center, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive.

The event will be in the auditorium of Building B.

The event will recognize and celebrate the work and accomplishments of participating FPL students, and is one of the biannual networking events designed to mentor students. The evening will begin with a poster board display session where students from the Coachella Valley and Riverside/San Bernardino programs will present the results of their FPL Community Health Projects.

Established in 2009 by Congressman Raul Ruiz, a Coachella Valley emergency physician, FPL is helping address the healthcare access crisis in Inland Southern California by supporting the aspirations of young people to build a career in medicine serving critical community needs.

The Future Physician Leaders program expanded in 2012 to include students from the western regions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The Future Physician Leaders program expanded in 2012 to include students from the western regions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.Photo credit: UCR School of Medicine.

Speakers at the Thursday evening event will be Congressman Ruiz; G. Richard Olds, dean of the UCR School of Medicine; Neal L. Schiller, senior associate dean for student affairs in the UCR medical school; and four student speakers.

Founded in the Coachella Valley five years ago with nine students, the program has now expanded to include a Riverside/San Bernardino site, and includes nearly 150 active high school and undergraduate pre-med students, more than 70 physician mentors and 10 healthcare institution partners. The program consists of a leadership lecture series and community service through community health projects. Forty students participated in a summer physician shadowing rotation.

Students spent seven weeks this summer working in teams to develop, implement and evaluate their own community health projects. Eighteen projects were developed between the Coachella Valley and Riverside/San Bernardino areas. Among the community health projects topics were: diabetes awareness and prevention for children, sun protection knowledge of Coachella Valley residents, health care resources to Mountain View Estates residents, stimulating children’s physical and cognitive development, oral hygiene and hand washing awareness,  health resource manual for the uninsured, medical indigent, and undocumented, and Alzheimer’s disease awareness and caregiver support.

The Future Physician Leaders Program is supported by Kaiser Permanente Southern California, the Desert Healthcare District, the California Office of Statewide Planning and Development and the UCR School of Medicine.

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