Welcome to the Division of Palliative Medicine's Pre-med Summer Clinical Experience Program!

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Founded in 2023, the newly created program aims to help support underrepresented students from all backgrounds interested in medicine. 

The 3.5-week program provides premedical students an immersive clinical experience in the field of hospice and palliative medicine, with clinical shadowing in inpatient palliative medicine, outpatient palliative medicine (virtual visits), and home-based hospice. The program includes didactics related to the field of hospice and palliative medicine, including tools for resiliency in this work. Participants will also be provided with longitudinal mentorship by palliative care physicians at UCSF through the medical school application process and beyond. 

Through this program, participants will interact with a diverse team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains both at UCSF and our health partner, By the Bay Health


Hear from our students!

first cohort

“I loved the structure of the program. It was a great way to organize all of the information I was taking in during my clinical experience. A hybrid model was great for didactic training as well. For sure enjoyed patient interaction and being able to shadow doctors on their visits with patients.”

Pre-med student,  2023 Inaugural cohort


“My favorite part of the program was the inpatient rotation because I was able to see the same patient for more than one interaction. I could build a closer relationship with the same patient and observed how the patient reacted the next day.”

Pre-med student, 2023 Inaugural cohort


Our Team

Hedieh Matinrad, MD


Carly Zapata, MD, MPH


Andrea Bordallo, BS