Medical Career Pathway Program

Founded in 2009 by Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, The Medical Career Pathway and Medical Career Future Physician Programs are long-term mentorship programs for students who are interested in fulfilling a mission of service to the community. Prior to COVID-19, the Temecula programs were based out of the Temecula Valley Hospital. This summer the program will be held virtually to ensure the safety of all. 


The program is 4 weeks during the summer, will be held as a combination of virtual and in-person, and runs during the month of July. 2022 dates coming soon. 

​High School Students
2022 dates to be announced.

College Students
2022 dates to be announced. 


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


  • Applications for this program are now closed.

More Information

  • For more information contact Charles Walker by email or by phone (951) 694-6468
  • The Technical Director of this program is Dr. Jerry Hizon