Audio Slideshow: Talking with UC Merced Dean Maria Pallavicini and Dr. Silvia Diego
Audio Slideshow: The need for a medical school in Merced
Audio Slideshow: Interview with Martin Lopez Diaz of Golden Valley Health Centers
UC Merced hopes to bring a medical school to the Valley
As envisioned by its planners, a University of California medical school at Merced would produce a cadre of physicians poised to settle and practice here in the San Joaquin Valley.
Founding dean driving med school plan
A world-class medical school will come to UC Merced. No doubt in Maria Pallavicini's mind.
On the front lines, a call for reinforcements
After practicing family medicine for 14 years in the San Joaquin Valley, Diego is all too familiar with its shortage of specialists, especially those willing to treat the residents who rely on state Medi-Cal insurance for the poor.
How a UC Merced school of medicine would differ from traditional urban medical schools
Many traditional schools own or operate large urban teaching hospitals where medical students receive clinical training. The UC Merced School of Medicine plans to use existing hospitals and health clinics in the San Joaquin Valley, significantly reducing start-up costs.
WWAMI: A rural medicine success story
The WWAMI consortium, started in 1971, has grown into a nationally acclaimed rural medicine program named after its five member states: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.
About this series:
This project is the result of a partnership between the Merced Sun-Star and the Center for California Health Care Journalism. The center is an independent organization devoted to reporting about health care issues that concern Californians. It is supported by USC's Annenberg School of Journalism and funded by the non-profit, non-partisan California HealthCare Foundation.
Part I describes the vision behind the proposed medical school at UC Merced and other efforts at promoting rural health care.
Part II will highlight the people who need the potential health-care benefits a med school could bring to the Valley.
Part III will analyze the realities facing med school supporters and focus on other med schools in the Valley.