Pre-medical Surgical Internship

Program Description

The UCSF Fresno Pre-Medical Surgical Internship Program is a seven-month intensive and comprehensive program designed to prepare current pre-medical students from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine and from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully matriculate into medical school. This program stemmed from the obvious need for increasing the diversity of the physician workforce in the San Joaquin Valley to meet the needs for our patient population. The program offers interested pre-medical students the unique opportunity to work with the Central Valley’s highly underserved patient population and to experience medicine through UCSF Fresno’s Surgery Department. The program is designed to equip the students with skills, such as networking, professionalism, communication skills, time management, coping with stress, personal statement writing, interviewing, that will serve them well into medical school and thereafter. The program serves an opportunity for the students to build a mentorship network that will support them through their application process and beyond. The aim of the program is to enhance the students’ candidacy for medical school.


Application Deadline June 7, 2023

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Program Lead

Carolina Aparicio, MD (Class of 2027)

Dr. Aparicio is a general surgery resident at UCSF Fresno. She studied Molecular Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley and then went on to complete her medical education at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Her goal is to become an exceptional surgeon and worthy role model for the community she serves.