Charles R. Drew/UCLA PRIME Program
In addition to the Charles R. Drew University/UCLA Medical Education Program, the University has another unique medical program with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The Program in Medical Education (PRIME) is a dual degree program leading to the Doctor of Medicine, along with a master’s degree in an area that complements the mission of the program. Like the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program, PRIME’s mission is to train students to work in diverse, medically disadvantaged communities.
During the fourth year of the program, students will complete an advanced degree, including a Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration, or a Master of Science in an area that complements the mission of the program, where they will design and implement a project related to improving health disparities and access to care.
MD/PhD (Medical Scientist Training Program)
- Charles R. Drew/UCLA PRIME Program students have the opportunity to apply for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at UCLA. This program, in conjunction with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), is designed for the education and training of exceptionally qualified individuals for careers in biomedical science.
The MSTP requires an average of seven years of study leading to both the MD and PhD degrees. The program seeks to provide an optimum environment for education and research, utilizing the individual talents of participating faculty and students, leading to a greater understanding of basic biology and of the causes and treatment of human disease. The MSTP encourages independent thinking, creativity, self-motivated lifelong learning, personal responsibility and service.
- The MD/MPH program allows students to participate in a combined five-year curriculum that is comprised of formal training in both the medical and public health schools. The first three years of the combined program are spent in the Medical Education Program. During the third year, students apply to the School of Public Health at UCLA.
Students accepted into the program spend the majority of their fourth year in the School of Public Health completing public health core and elective classes. During the fifth year, students participate in medical sub-internships, public health and integrated coursework.
- The MD/MBA program allows students to participate in a combined five-year curriculum leading to the Doctor of Medicine and the Master of Business Administration degrees. With the administrative and business demands of today’s healthcare system, medical students should be given the opportunity to be trained in the issues that underlie this transformation in healthcare.
The first three years of the combined program are spent in the Medical Education Program. During the third year, students take the GMAT examination and apply to the Anderson School of Business at UCLA for the MD/MBA program. Students accepted into the program spend the majority of their fourth year in the Anderson School of Business at UCLA completing core classes. During the fifth year, students participate in medical sub-internships, business and integrated coursework.