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Medical Student Program

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UCSF/Kaiser Permanente Undergraduate Research Internship (URI)

Annually,  the UCSF/ Kaiser Undergraduate Research Internship (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.

We continue to develop our URI program to build a more supportive pathway for underrepresented University of California, Berkeley, undergraduate students interested in a career in medicine.


The application for the Summer 2020 URI Program is now closed. LEARN MORE HERE.



URI Program Update

During Summer 2019, URI graduated its 11th cohort of UC Berkeley undergraduate students.

Photos of the 2019 URI Intern Cohort

The URI 2019 Cohort during their summer research internship activities

URI's 10th Anniversary Celebration

The Undergraduate Research Internship Program celebrated 10 years during a special anniversary dinner at UCSF Mission Bay on Monday, July 16, 2018. 

URI's co-founders, co-directors, research mentors, URI graduates and supporters gathered together to commemorate this milestone and reflect on the many impacts of the program's first decade.

Photographer: Colin Huang

Current URI Interns and Alums at 10th Anniversary Celebration

Pictured here: URI Alums and 2018 URI Interns at the 10th Anniversary Celebration in 2018

URI Co-Directors Dr. Jackson, Dr. Guerra, Dr. Robertson with Keynote Dr. Lee Jones

Pictured here: URI Co-Directors Dr. Andrea Jackson, Dr. Juan Guerra, & Dr. Patricia Robertson with Keynote Speaker Dr. Lee Jones

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

Video Testimonals 

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!

FileOliver Guevarra FileMaggie Cobian
Movie iconJaspreet Singh Movie iconMarisela Cardenas
Movie iconLeah Timbang Movie iconKathrin Zimmerman
FileAdan Garcia-Mecinas Movie iconZina Ogunnaya

Did you know that of our URI grads:

30% have obtained a non-MD degree since graduating from URI.
20% are currently attending medical school.
7% have graduated from a medical school program.

  • 43% work in healthcare currently.
    18% work in research.
    9% work in public health.

  • Admission offers to our URI grads include: UCSF, UCLA, UCSD, UCD, UCI, USC, Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard, Washington University, Columbia, Mount Sinai and the University of Washington