Future Physician Leaders Program

Founded in 2009 by Congressman Drive. Raul Ruiz, The Future Physician Leaders Program is a long-term mentorship program for students who are interested in fulfilling a mission of service to the community. The program is a community-based collaborative effort and the City of Temecula recently partnered with the UCR School of Medicine. The Temecula program is based out of the Temecula Valley Hospital.

Duration
The program is 7 weeks during the summer and runs from the last week of June until the 2nd week of August.

Components
Students in the program participate in 3 different components:
  • Didactic - Lectures, workshops, and group discussions held primarily in the summer along with networking events with physicians and healthcare leaders throughout the rest of the year
  • Community Service and Leadership - Allows students the kinesthetic learning experience of community health and gives them the opportunity to improve healthcare access to their community
  • Physician Shadowing - Exposes students to a physician’s life and patient-doctor interaction in the effort to inspire the students to do similar work
Requirements & Qualifications
  • This program is intended for students in the Inland Southern California region enrolled in local high schools, colleges and universities, and medical schools.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age to participate in shadowing rotations.
  • The program has one main requirement and that is commitment.
Application
Anyone interested in becoming a physician leader and serving their community is welcome to apply for the program. Applications are accepted between February and April for the upcoming summer session.