Congressman Raul Ruiz to Speak at Future Physician Leaders Reception

Event at UCR Palm Desert on August 20, 2015 to feature poster display and provide networking opportunities with local healthcare professionals

Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., who founded the Future Physician Leaders Program in 2009, will speak at the reception on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at UCR Palm Desert. Photo by Carrie Rosema

PALM DESERT, Calif. ( -– Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., will address more than 170 students, physicians and health care leaders at the Future Physician Leaders End of Program Reception on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the UC Riverside Palm Desert Center.

The reception, which is hosted by the UCR School of Medicine, is by invitation and will begin at 6 p.m. at center, which is located at 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive in Palm Desert.

Ruiz, who now represents California’s 36th District, founded the Future Physician Leader (FPL) program in 2009 when he was senior associate dean for community engagement and partnerships at the UCR School of Medicine and an emergency medicine physician in the Coachella Valley. The program was designed to develop home-grown, high-quality physician leaders who will serve the Inland Southern California community with social responsibility.

The reception recognizes and celebrates the work and accomplishments of more than 170 FPL students from programs in the Coachella Valley, Riverside/San Bernardino and Temecula and provides them with valuable mentoring and networking opportunities with local healthcare providers

Students will present posters detailing their FPL Community Health Projects (CHP) from 6 to 7 p.m.

In addition to Ruiz, UCR School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs and FPL Program Director Neal Schiller will speak.

Organizations scheduled to be represented at the event include:

  • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
  • Borrego Community Health Foundation
  • Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo
  • CVEP’s Pathways to Success
  • Desert AIDS Project
  • Desert Healthcare District
  • Desert Regional Medical Center
  • Eisenhower Medical Center
  • Get Tested Coachella Valley
  • Health Career Connections
  • Riverside University Health System
  • Planned Parenthood
  • UCR Health
  • UCR School of Medicine
  • Volunteers in Medicine

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sophia Rodriguez at (951) 827-6090.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Members of the news media are invited to attend and cover the Future Physician Leaders (FPL) networking reception.

About the FPL Program

The community-based, collaborative FPL program is designed to develop home-grown, high-quality physician leaders who will serve the community with social responsibility. The program consists of Community Service Health Education Projects, Summer Shadowing Rotations, and the Leadership Lecture Series and workshops, in which local healthcare leaders, physicians, and faculty members present on topics in medicine, career development, and healthcare issues.

This summer, as part of the community service component, students spent seven weeks working in teams to develop, implement, and evaluate their own community health projects. Twenty-four projects were developed between the Coachella Valley, Riverside/San Bernardino and Temecula programs reaching over 1,424 community members. Community health project topics ranged from heat hazards and skin cancer awareness to resource guidance for access to healthcare, childhood obesity, heart health and stroke awareness and even sugar intake.

A third component, the Summer Shadowing program, allowed 60 students to shadow physicians in primary care clinics, medical centers and other health care settings for four hours, once a week, over the course of six weeks.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-2969

Additional Contacts

Sophia Rodriguez
Tel: (951) 827-6090

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