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
This past summer, URI graduated its eighth cohort of UC Berkeley undergraduate students. We have been at the Mission Bay campus for two years now and feel right at home. Since their program, our interns have helped author research papers and presented a poster at Berkeley campus on original research in Anesthesia, while continuing their studies and applying for medical school.
The URI 2016 Cohort with Dr. Andrea Jackson
“URI is life changing. All of the mentors and staff at URI are the reason why I can confidently say I am going to become a doctor. I don't think I would have been able to say that before I participated in the program!” – URI Graduate
“The URI program has been life changing for me. It has provided hope and support where previously there was doubt and fear. Through the friendships and mentorship the program helped harbor I adamantly believe the future of healthcare will be redefined in the years to come to adequately address the disparities and underrepresentation present. And for that I have the URI program to thank!”
– URI Graduate
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
Just to give you a quick update for this year, we have had four URI grads enter medical school:
Maribel Patino – UCSD (MD/PhD)
Hannah Yemane – UCSF
Justin Chin – Touro (NYC)
Leah Timbang – UC Davis
URI graduate Maribel Patino at UCSD Medical School in the MD/PhD program.
And one URI grad has started his residency in 2016: Victor Huang in orthopedic surgery at Las Vegas Community Hospital. We now have 27 URI graduates in health professional schools and are so proud of them, with 8 applying to medical school this year. URI mentoring continues on beyond the URI summer program and into medical school. We also have several URI graduates working at UCSF and Stanford in clinical research during their gap years before applying to medical school.
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