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The people of the San Joaquin Valley face significant health challenges. The University of California, Merced can help address and remedy these challenges through its research and teaching. We believe that the best way to train the medical professionals and researchers to address these issues is to provide training in the region. The Center for Medical Education and Health Sciences (CMEHS) will serve to coordinate and promote our health and medical related teaching on campus, and facilitate biomedical and behavioral medical research with healthcare providers in the region. Specifically, CMEHS aims to work with UC Merced Faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and healthcare providers in the region to:

  • Coordinate and promote the San Joaquin Valley Prime Program at UC Merced and in the region.
  • Improve the experience for medical residents practicing in the region so as to increase the likelihood of them remaining in the region.
  • Better train high school students to make them competitive at University when preparing for a career in clinical practice or research in the health sciences.
  • Better train UC Merced students for graduate and clinical programs in medicine, nursing, allied health, clinical psychology, or public health.
  • Work with regional healthcare provider organizations to establish and foster clinical research opportunities. 
  • Lead strategic planning of options for health and medical related teaching on campus.
  • Facilitate research with clinical partners in the region. SJV PRIME students visit The Samaritan Center with Dr. Omar Guzman