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ruiz with students


Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., speaks with students at the UC Riverside Palm Desert Center on Thursday, Aug. 18. Ruiz addressed more than 170 students, physicians and health care leaders at the Future Physician Leaders (FPL) end-of-program reception that evening.
Ruiz, who now represents California’s 36th District, founded the FPL program in 2009. Two years later he was appointed senior associate dean for community engagement and partnerships at the UCR School of Medicine. The community-based, collaborative FPL program is designed to develop home-grown, high-quality physician and healthcare leaders who will serve the inland Southern California community with social responsibility.
Hosted by the School of Medicine, the FPL reception recognized and celebrated the work and accomplishment of FPL students from programs in the Coachella Valley, Riverside/San Bernardino and Temecula. It also provided them with mentoring and networking opportunities with local healthcare providers.
FPL Program, UCR School of Medicine