Medical Career Pathway Program

Founded in 2009 by Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, The Medical Career Pathway and Medical Career Future Physician Leaders Programs are long-term mentorship programs for students who are interested in fulfilling a mission of service to the community. Programs are in person and based out of the Temecula Valley Entrepreneur's Exchange.


The 2023 programs will be six weeks during the summer.

Medical Career Pathway Program (For High School Students)

Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, June 26, 2023 - August 2, 2023 

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Temecula Valley Entrepreneur's Exchange, 43200 Business Park Drive, Temecula, CA 92590

Medical Career Future Physician Leaders Program (For College & Grad Students)

Date: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 27, 2023 - August 2, 2023
            *Due to the July 4th Holiday, the Tuesday, July 4, 2023 meeting will be moved to Monday, July 3, 2023 

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Temecula Valley Entrepreneur's Exchange, 43200 Business Park Drive, Temecula, CA 92590


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. Participants will complete a community health project and present their findings on their topic at the end of the program. 
  • Physician Shadowing - Tentative depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.
  • Provide a resume.
  • Provide a cover letter.
  • Students should be committed to the program.


  • Applications are now being accepted for the program. In order to apply to the program, students must submit a resume and cover letter to Work Programs at

More Information

  • For more information, please contact Work Programs at
  • The Technical Director of this program is Dr. Jerry Hizon.