UCSF Fresno Doctors Academy Programs Celebrate Graduates

WHO: Sixty-nine Doctors Academy students will graduate this June from the University of California, San Francisco Fresno Doctors Academy programs at Caruthers, Selma and Sunnyside high schools. Twenty five students make up the graduating Doctors Academy class at Caruthers, 15 students will graduate from the program at Selma, and 29 students will graduate from the program at Sunnyside High School.

All 69 students will continue their education at post-secondary institutions this fall 2016

  • 100% of Doctors Academy graduates have each been accepted into four-year universities
  • 93% of the graduates will attend a four-year university as follows:
  • 47% will enter a University of California campus
  • 39% will enter a California State University campus
  • 6% will enter a local community college with plans to transfer to a four-year university
  • 7% will enter a private university
  • 1% will enter the military

WHAT: Awards ceremonies will be held at each Doctors Academy campus to honor the graduates. Recipients of the following awards will be announced:

  • UCSF School of Dentistry Pre-Dental Scholars Award: This award is offered to students who meet the minimum standards that include a 3.6 cumulative GPA; a minimum 18 score of the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), and a complete application to UCSF School of Dentistry. If the student meets all requirements, the student will be eligible to receive special consideration for an interview for admission into the UCSF School of Dentistry.
  • UCSF School of Medicine Scholars Award: This award offers students who demonstrate and meet the minimum 3.5 GPA in undergraduate course work, the composite score of 30 or more on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), with a score of at least nine on each subsection, and a complete application to UCSF School of Medicine. As a recipient of the UCSF Certificate of Outstanding Achievement Award, and if all criteria is met, the recipient will be included among the select group of applicants who are invited for interviews with members of the UCSF School of Medicine Committee on Admissions.
  • Scholarships for Local Community Sponsors: Select Doctors Academy students will receive scholarships from local community sponsors who continue to support the Doctors Academy and its students’ academic accomplishments and service to the community. UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program 155 N. Fresno Street Fresno, CA 93701 (559) 499-6400 “The dedication and commitment from our school sites and community partners are the catalysts that allows us to offer students and their families a wide range of services and opportunities for academic excellence,” said Katherine A. Flores, MD, director of the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research. “It is because of the collaborative efforts of these strong partnerships that the Doctors Academy students continue to attain their academic goals. We are appreciative of our partners’ continuous support and extremely proud of all our students’ academic accomplishments.”


Wednesday, May 11, 2016 6:00 – 7:30p.m. Selma High School, Dining Hall 3125 Wright Street, Selma

Thursday, May 19 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Caruthers High School, Gymnasium 2580 W. Tahoe Street, Caruthers

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:00 – 7:30 pm Sunnyside High School, Theater 1019 S. Peach Avenue, Fresno

BACKGROUND: The UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER), in partnership with Fresno Unified School District and Fresno County Office of Education, started the Sunnyside High School Doctors Academy in 1999 to encourage educationally disadvantaged students to focus on careers in health and medicine. The Sunnyside High School Doctors Academy currently has 143 students enrolled. A Fresno Unified School District Junior Doctors Academy Program was established in 2000 to encourage and support students earlier in their academic career as middle school students.

The Doctors Academy program has grown in popularity and scope in the past 16 years. In 2007, Doctors Academy programs were established at Caruthers and Selma high schools. A total of 108 students are enrolled at Caruthers High School and 89 are enrolled at Selma High School. In 2014, a Junior Doctors Academy was extended to Caruthers Elementary School. The UCSF Fresno Latino Center continues to support and work closely with Caruthers, Selma and Fresno Unified School Districts to sustain these programs and provide health career opportunities for qualifying students.

In 2009, UCSF Fresno LaCMER partnered with California State University, Fresno to reestablish the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) with the College of Science and Mathematics. HCOP provides a continuum of academic support and guidance for Doctors Academy alumni and other pre-med and pre-health students accepted into the program. Currently, more than 100 students are enrolled in the Fresno State HCOP.

For more information about the Doctors Academy or the UCSF Fresno LaCMER’s other health professions programs, please contact the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research at 559-241-7670; email [email protected]; or visit the UCSF LaCMER website at http://www.fresno.ucsf.edu/latinocenter/index.html