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Underserved Medicine Curriculum/ Track


The longitudinal Medical Underserved curriculum was created as a means to educate our family physician residents to the complex issues facing our communities of color. In addition, there was a need to educate our residents to the social determinants of health which affect the delivery of care to our underserved communities such as in Pomona. Issues such as Implicit Bias and Racism are covered in this longitudinal curriculum. In addition, residents care for patients at ParkTree community clinic which is an FQHC. At the end of each session, residents sit down with the preceptor to discuss various pertinent topics.


The Underserved Medicine track is comprised of residents who are dedicated to engaging and educating the community to the many issues which affect the delivery of care to our patients in Pomona. In addition, they have recently developed a partnership with Bright Prospects which is an organization dedicated to educating, inspiring and increasing the placement of minorities in various colleges and universities. They also mentor these students during their undergraduate years.

Recently, our track residents Dr. Patricia Avelar and Dr. Sarah Hernandez developed an educational outreach seminar to sophomore high school students in the Bright Prospects organization with the goal to inspire minority students to seek careers in the medical field.

Dr. Patricia Avelar


Dr. Sarah Hernandez


Current Track Residents:

Dr. Mary Canders


Dr. Abraham Vela


Key Components of the Underserved Track:

Clinics: include increased time seeing patients and performing procedures.

Curriculum: Readings and use of videos addressing health care disparities in various populations.

CME: conferences in Community Health Care.

Academic Projects: opportunities to develop and implement a community-oriented project that addresses health care disparity.

Academic Faculty Development: mentoring and training on curriculum development and teaching skills. Presenting resident lectures on topics of interest.

The track residents are selected based on their interest and good academic standing. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Douglas Chiriboga MD., Faculty member, Director of Underserved Medicine