PROF-PATH: Promoting Research Opportunities Fully-Prospective Academics Transforming Health

UCSF PROF-PATH is an academic and research training program for Latinx/UIM medical students interested in health disparities. PROF-PATH was formerly funded by NIH and by the School of Medicine Dean’s Office and Inquiry Program but is now supported by the HRSA-funded UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence. We support UCSF medical students who are underrepresented in medicine regardless of research area focus, and students interested in health disparities research regardless of background. PROF-PATH’s seven-week summer program takes 10 students per year and provides stipends and mentored research with weekly Careers-in-Progress sessions that allow for dedicated curriculum time and community building.

The UCSF PROF-PATH program is led by UCSF LCOE faculty Dr. Alicia Fernandez and Dr. Peter Ureste.

For more information on UCSF PROF-PATH please contact:

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

Congratulations to two of our PROF-PATH Scholars!

Hope Schwartz, Dean’s Prize Winner

Project Title: The Effect of Limited English Proficiency on Post-Injury Pain Measurement and Management in a Large Urban Trauma Center

James Cevallos, Finalist

Project Title: MYB-NF1B / MYBL1-NF1B Gene Fusions as a Source of Neo-antigens in Salivary Gland Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma


Sample Curriculum & Schedule 

Summer 2023 

Session 1: What Are You Working On? Developing Your Elevator Response and Professional Network

Session 2: My Mentor Has No Time For Me! Skills in Engaging Your Mentor

Session 3: Overview of Academic Careers

Session 4: Charting One’s Course: Facts and Feeling Framework, “Who’s on First?” and Authorship in Research

Session 5: Abstract Writing

Session 6: Manuscript Writing

Session 7: Narrative Advocacy and Public Dissemination


PROF-PATH 2023 Scholars

PROF-PATH 2022 Scholars


PROF-PATH 2020 Scholars

PROF-PATH 2019 Scholars