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UCSF Doctors Academy


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The Doctors Academy (DA) is a challenging school-within-a school program at Caruthers High School for students interested in health professional careers. The program provides extended academic, personal, and career counseling as well as test preparation.

The Doctors Academy includes: Summer school enrichment programs; rigorous accelerated classes with an emphasis on math, science and writing. Study academies and workshops; special counseling and support services; parent empowerment workshops; medical or health practitioner mentors; clinical placement in medical, science or health settings. Consideration for early admission to the UCSF School of Medicine, UCSF School of Pharmacy and UCSF School of Dentistry.

DA Applications for this upcoming year below. 

Caruthers High School Application (Deadline: November)

Requirements for the program:

  • 2.8 GPA in math, science and English
  • Two Essays (Personal statement and Health Disparity)
  • Two letters of recommendation forms (Math, Science or English teachers)
  • Commitment to the Doctors Academy five-year study plan
  • Interest in pursuing a health degree
  • Participate in summer enrichment.
  • Application and teacher letter of recommendation form is available online at:

  • Interviews for finalists will be held in February
  • Notices of acceptances will be sent in March

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For questions: Please contact Stephanie Huerta Alvarez, Academic Program Coordinator at 559-241-7670 or by email at

UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER)
550E Shaw Ave STE 201A, Fresno, CA 93710