Promoting Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Medical Education
This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns and institutional and governmental policies regarding large gatherings. Applicants, please refer to your emails for information about future opportunities to learn more about UCI’s residency programs. We aspire to return with the GME Residency Open House in 2021.
The University of California, Irvine Medical Center (UCIMC) is proud to announce the 2020 Diversity in Graduate Medical Education Residency Open House on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Orange, CA. As an institution, it is our mission to promote inclusive excellence by recruiting and supporting a wide array of physicians who are able to serve a diverse patient population and enable our local Orange County community to thrive.
We invite medical students to apply for the opportunity to learn about the Graduate Medical Education experience from multiple perspectives within the UCIMC environment. In the interest of promoting inclusive excellence in our community, we encourage medical students from AOA- and LCME-accredited schools throughout the United States to apply. Multiple travel awards will be made available for attendees based on financial need.
What does the event entail?
This day-long Open House event will include:
- Panel discussions with current UCI residents and residency program directors
- Breakout sessions focused on professional development for aspiring residents
- Networking opportunities with UCI faculty, physicians, and Deans
- Tours of UCIMC facilities
- Understanding the local Orange County community
In addition to showcasing what UCIMC has to offer, we also seek attendees’ questions and concerns about the holistic UCI GME experience. It is our objective to foster a culture that is mutually beneficial for both our guests and the entire UCIMC community.
Who can attend?
This program is open to current medical students from AOA- and LCME-accredited institutions. More specifically, this event is designed for students who will be applying to GME programs for a June/July 2021 start date. Medical students who come from and/or have experience serving underrepresented and disadvantaged populations are especially encouraged to apply to be a part of this program.
Due to limited space and resources, applicants will be vetted by a committee of UCI faculty members and administrators before being extended a formal invitation. In order to ensure an exceptional experience and individualized attention for each medical student, we are limiting the number of attendees to approximately 60. The deadline for applications is March 9, 2020. Applicants will be notified by early April of the committee’s decision.
How do I apply?
Please complete the application form by 11:59pm PST on March 9, 2020. As part of your application process, you will be asked to submit the following:
- Basic contact information
- Current educational information – medical school info, GPA, and USMLE Step 1 score
- Additional educational history (undergrad, post-bac, etc.)
- Indicate potential GME programs of interest
- Answer two short essay questions, plus an optional short essay for travel award consideration (250 words each)
What commitment is expected from attendees?
Attendees are expected to attend an all-day event at the UCI Medical Center on Saturday, May 16, 2020. It is our goal to provide attendees the time and space to interact with the various representatives of the UCIMC community in order to accurately inform their questions and concerns about the UCI GME experience. As a courtesy to UCIMC support staff and your fellow invited attendees, we will respectfully decline any requests for partial/in-and-out attendance.
It is our absolute hope that this experience will encourage attendees to apply for residency at UCIMC. However, attendance at this event is for informational and educational purposes only. Attendance at the Residency Open House does not constitute any formal application for employment on behalf of the attendees, nor does it imply or guarantee any employment offers on behalf of the University of California, Irvine.
How much will this event cost?
The Residency Open House event has no registration fee for invited attendees. However, attendees should plan for travel and accommodations at their own expense which will book-end an all-day commitment in Orange, CA on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Travel awards will be available for selected applicants; awardees will be reimbursed for qualifying travel expenses as per university policy. If you wish to be considered for a travel award, please answer the appropriate question in the application form. Breakfast, lunch, and light snacks/refreshments will be made available during the Open House. Attendees are responsible for all additional meal costs related to their travel.
I have an additional question/concern.
Please contact Dr. Xavier Hernandez, Diversity and Inclusion Program Officer for the UC Irvine College of Health Sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some photos from the incredibly successful 2019 Residency Open House:
Program Directors’ Panel
60+ invited medical student attendees from 34 medical schools across the US
UCI Medical Center Facility Tour
Networking sessions with medical students, residents, and faculty