UC Merced

Valley coalition for UC med school to meet Friday at Castle Air Conference Center

The Valley Coalition for the UC Merced Medical School said the latest information about the new UC Davis-UC Merced medical school program will be discussed Friday, Oct. 15.

In recent months, UC Davis and UC Merced have been developing the UC Merced San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (PRIME). Applications are already being accepted for the new program, which will begin with six medical students. Under the program, students will receive the first two years of medical education at UC Davis. They will then receive clinical training at approved facilities in the San Joaquin Valley, according to a coalition news release.

On Friday, Dr. Fred Meyers, executive director of Medical Education and Academic Planning at UC Merced, will outline the program and discuss the latest developments with members of the coalition who have advocated a medical school in the Valley. Dr. Meyers unveiled the PRIME program at a UC Board of Regents’ meeting in September.

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at Castle Air Conference Center, 1900 Airdrome Entry in Atwater.

The coalition represents more than 1,000 medical professionals, elected officials and community leaders who are working to support the establishment of a medical school at UC Merced, according to the news release.