About Us

UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence

The UCSF LCOE was established in 2018 under the direction of Dr. Alicia Fernández, Director of CVP Program in Latinx and Immigrant Health, Professor of Medicine at UCSF, and general internist at ZSFG, where she practices primary care medicine and attends on the medical ward. Dr. Fernández was awarded a four-year grant to establish the UCSF LCOE by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The UCSF LCOE is jointly funded through HRSA and UCSF and is housed within the UCSF School of Medicine, with close affiliation with the Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG).

The UCSF LCOE aims to:

  • Partner with Hispanic-Serving Institutions in San Francisco and in Fresno to increase the number of students who are competitive for medical school admissions, and enhance UCSF matriculation rate sufficiently to increase the number of Latinx students enrolling at UCSF.
  • Create a leadership enrichment summer program to enhance Latinx/URM medical students’ ability to compete for highly competitive residency programs and double the proportion of Latinx residents at UCSF.
  • Double the proportion of Latinx faculty through the creation of (a) an academic career program that will target Latinx/other URM residents, our largest source of faculty, and (b) a faculty academic development program that will enhance our ability to recruit and promote Latinx/URM faculty.
  • Review and revise the UCSF School of Medicine (SOM) curriculum to ensure key competencies in the care of Latinx patients are taught and assessed.
  • Expand a highly successful research program for UCSF Latinx/URM medical students and undertake activities that will expand Latinx population-oriented research at UCSF.
  • Expand off-campus clinical training with highly vulnerable Latinx patients for Latinx and non-Latinx medical students.

What Does the "x" in Chicanx/Latinx Mean?

"The purpose of using "x" in "Chicanx/Latinx" is to allow for the Chicana, Chicano, Latina, Latino community to be gender expansive, meaning it includes all those who identify and don't identify within the gender spectrum."

- UC Davis, Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success 


Latinx are California’s largest ethnic group at nearly 40% of the population, so California’s health is increasingly tied to the health of the state’s Latinx population. This center will build on UCSF’s existing underrepresented minority programs by significantly enhancing its academic infrastructure to train Latinx physicians and physician-scientists.

Dr. Alicia Fernandez

Professor of Medicine, UCSF Director, UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence