The LCOE APP at Fresno State/UC Merced

The UCSF LCOE Aspiring Physicians Program (APP) at Fresno State/UC Merced is a six-week intensive summer program where students participate in medical school preparatory workshops, collaborate with local community-based organizations to create research-driven fact sheets, engage in intensive health policy workshops, introductory MCAT preparation, and partake in mentorship aimed at building their exposure, access and confidence in attaining a career in medicine. All students selected will receive a $3,000 stipend during the six-week summer program. The academic year provides mentorship activities, professional development seminars, and medical school readiness workshops. Please note that our 2023 summer program will be hybrid.

The program is led by UCSF LCOE faculty Dr. Katherine Flores, director of the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER).

For more information on the LCOE Aspiring Physicians Program at Fresno State/UC Merced, please contact:

Yoselin G Castillo, Research Analyst
Email: [email protected]

Curriculum & Schedule

The 2023-24 APP program will host its six-week summer program from June 5 - July 14, 2023.

  • Introduction to health policy and writing fact sheets
  • Work with local community-based organizations
  • Introductory MCAT preparation
  • How to prepare medical school application and statement of purpose
  • Guest speakers and medical school panelists


  • I am a full-time Fresno State or UC Merced Undergraduate Student
  • I identify as Hispanic/Latinx (which is underrepresented in medicine), or two or more races/ethnicities when one is Hispanic/Latinx
  • I plan to apply to medical school
  • I can commit a minimum of one academic year to the program. I understand this includes a six-week summer program
  • I will have completed two semesters of general biology and two semesters of general chemistry (inorganic and/or organic) by the start of the program (June 2023)
  • I have demonstrated leadership and/or commitment to a student organization that works to better a UIM community
  • I have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • I am a US Citizen, US Permanent Resident, or DACA status

* Eligibility requirements are dictated by federal HRSA funding for this program.

2023 LCOE APP Application

For Fresno State and UC Merced Students - Deadline: February 20, 2023

APPLY to the APP program 

Fresno State/UC Merced Cohorts 

Check out the Fresno State/UC Merced cohorts by year.