Founded in 2009, the UCSF/ Kaiser Permanente Undergraduate Research Internship (URI) was created to build a supportive pathway for underrepresented University of California, Berkeley, students interested in a career in medicine to address specific challenges these students face.
Annually, URI engages 16 interns in a meaningful summer research project, clinical shadowing at UCSF and Kaiser Oakland, didactics, leadership training, and extensive mentoring during the 8-week program. The program directors also offer mentoring through the medical school application process.
Our program has graduated 170 students. Of these students:
- 54 are enrolled in or have completed medical school (1 MD/ PhD).
- 5 are enrolled in or have completed a graduate nursing program.
- 11 have completed a Masters of Public Health (MPH) or Masters of Public Policy (MPP).
Many of our graduates are still completing undergraduate studies, are taking gap years to take the MCAT or other preparation for graduate school, or are in a health career (e.g. research assistants, lab/ case managers, etc.).
The URI program has a growing network of URI graduates who contribute back through peer-to-peer support, by mentoring new URI interns, and serving as ambassadors for our program.
- Kathleen Brown, MD
- Jeannette Lager, MD
- Odie Edie, MD
- Patricia Robertson, MD
Please consider donating to URI - Our program cannot continue without your support. Donations will help us offset intern stipends, and support our continuing effort to increase diversity in the health professions. Go here to donate.
The application for the Summer 2021 URI Program is now closed. LEARN MORE HERE.
Hear from URI Alums
“[URI] is such a motivator. I have never been so certain that I can become a physician one day. I hope other people who have similar goals can feel the same way I feel now.” – URI Graduate
“URI restored my passion for medicine and my confidence that in making it. It also made me aware of the many ways to become a physician and gave me access to valuable contacts who can help me achieve my goals.!” - URI Graduate
A few of our URI graduates have shared about their experiences in the URI program. Please take a look at what they have to say!
|Oliver Guevarra||Maggie Cobian|
|Jaspreet Singh||Marisela Cardenas|
|Leah Timbang||Kathrin Zimmerman|
|Adan Garcia-Mecinas||Zina Ogunnaya|