Medical Career Pathway Program

Founded in 2009 by Congressman Dr. Raul Ruiz, The Medical Career Pathway and Medical Career Future Physician Programs are long-term mentorship programs for students who are interested in fulfilling a mission of service to the community. Programs are in person and based out of the Temecula Valley Hospital. 


The 2023 programs will be 6 weeks during the summer.

​Medical Career Pathway Program (For High School Students)
Every Monday and Wednesday, June 26, 2023 - August 2, 2023

Medical Career Future Physician Program (For College & Grad Students)
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27, 2023 - August 2, 2023.
  • Due to the July 4th Holiday, the Tuesday, July 4, 2023 meeting will be moved to Monday, July 3, 2023.


Students in the program participate in 3 different components:
  • Didactic - Lectures, workshops, and group discussions held primarily in the summer along with networking events with physicians and healthcare leaders throughout the rest of the year.
  • Community Service and Leadership - Allows students the kinesthetic learning experience of community health and gives them the opportunity to improve healthcare access to their community. Participants will complete a community health project and present their findings on their topic at the end of the program. 
  • Physician Shadowing - Tentative depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • This program is intended for students in the Inland Southern California region enrolled in local high schools, colleges and universities, and medical schools.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age to participate in shadowing rotations.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation.
  • Provide a resume.
  • Students should be committed to the program.


  • Applications will be accepted in the weeks before the start of the program.

More Information

  • For more information, please contact Work Programs at
  • The Technical Director of this program is Dr. Jerry Hizon.