To build a more supportive pathway for underrepresented University of California, Berkeley, undergraduate students interested in a career in medicine, we continue to develop our Undergraduate Research Internship program (URI). Annually, URI engages 16 interns in a meaningful research project, clinical shadowing at UCSF and Kaiser Oakland, didactics, leadership training, and extensive mentoring during the 8-week program, as well as through the medical school application process. The program directors also support the growing network of URI graduates who contribute back through peer-to-peer support, and by mentoring new URI interns.
The deadline for URI 2017 Applications has closed.
We will post applications for URI 2018 this Fall.
URI Program Update
A Message from URI Co-director, Patricia Robertson, MD
Andrea Jackson, MD, MAS to Lead URI Pre-Med Enrichment Program
I am so pleased to announce that Andrea Jackson, MD, MAS, of our Gyn Division, will take on the UCSF leadership for our UCSF-Kaiser Undergraduate Research Internship/Pre-med Enrichment Program! Dr. Jackson has been involved with our URI program over the past years as a research mentor, interviewer and academic adviser. This will be part of her diversity work, which is a high priority to her and for our department! Please join me in welcoming Dr. Jackson to her new leadership role. We are thrilled!
Left to Right: Patricia Robertson MD, Co-Director URI/PEP, Andrea Jackson MD, MAS Co-Director UCSF URI, and Juan Guerra MD, Co-Director URI-PEP
So many of you have been research mentors, donors, and have supported our program in countless other ways. We currently have 17 URI grads in medical school, with 6 more admitted for this fall, many of them receiving full grants/scholarships! We continue to mentor our URI grads during their path to medical school, thus we have added the "PEP" (Pre-med Enrichment Program) segment to the name. We look forward to continued faculty and staff support and meeting our new URI interns in June!
I will be exploring, with Co-Director Juan Guerra, the expansion of our URI program to the other four UC medical campuses with adjacent Kaiser facilities, all of which have current URI grads enrolled in their medical schools. Kaiser has been very impressed with our commitment to diversity, our partnership with them, our outcomes (we track our students for ten years), and has encouraged us to submit a proposal to them to do this expansion.
Best wishes, Patty Robertson
A few of our URI graduates have sent us videos recounting their experiences in the URI program. Please take a look at what they have to say!
|Jaspreet Singh - URI 2010||Marisela Cardenas - URI 2011|
|Leah Timbang - URI 2010||Kathrin Zimmerman - URI 2011|
|Adan Garcia-Mecinas - URI 2012||Zina Ogunnaya - URI 2015|
Progress of Our URI Grads
We are proud to announce that this year that we have two URI medical students graduating from UCSF! Veronica Gonzalez will be doing an ob-gyn residency at the University of Texas at Austin, and Jaspreet Singh will be doing an emergency medicine residency at Highland Hospital in Alameda County.
URI mentoring continues on beyond the URI summer program and into medical school. We also have several URI grads working at UCSF and Stanford in clinical research during their gap years before applying to medical school.
URI Grads (Left to Right): Tiffany Chambers MS2 (Brown University), Minerva Pineda MS3 (UCLA, King-Drew) Camille Roque MS1 (UC Davis), Veronica Gonzalez MS4 (UCSF)
Did you know that of our URI grads in medical school:
- 30% are earning additional degrees besides the MD/DO degree (MPH, MPP, Masters in Epidemiology)
- 70% are involved in research projects
- Admission offers to our URI grads this past year included UCSF, UCLA, UCSD, UCD, UCI, USC, Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard, Washington University, Columbia, Mount Sinai and the University of Washington