Stanford University Medical Center administers a program to train individuals who function in association with physicians in the maintenance and delivery of primary health care to medically underserved communities.
Upon completion of the prerequisite pre-clinical program at Bakersfield College or other accredited institutions, students admitted to the program have a 21-month curriculum (seven quarters) which integrates classroom learning and clinical practice, coordinated through Stanford University Medical Center. Over the course of 7 quarters students participate in approximately 34 weeks of didactic and skills training, and 46 weeks of preceptorship experience. A large portion of the didactic training takes place in quarters 1-3, with most of the clinical preceptorship experience occurring during quarters 4-7. All lectures and skills training take place at Stanford/Foothill campus. For their clinical preceptorship experience students are placed with a physician in their home community. Students return to Stanford each quarter for integrated instruction and testing. For complete program information visit http://pcap.stanford.edu/.
For application and program information contact Carlos Flores PA-C, Kern County Regional Coordinator via email firstname.lastname@example.org for Bakersfield College pre-requisite course information contact BC Advisor Dinorah Castro via email email@example.com.
A minimum grade of ‘C’ must be attained in each of these courses. Only work from a regionally accredited college can be accepted.
Minimum requirements for application and admission include:
General Education courses are required for the Primary Care Associate program. It is recommended that an associate degree at Bakersfield College (AS in Biology - Human Biology Emphasis) be completed prior to applying to the program.
The PCA Program takes responsibility for approving and placing students in clinical settings. The goal is for students to train at primary care sites in their community. The student may be required to relocate or travel if an appropriate preceptor site cannot be located in their immediate area. These primary care practices include a mix of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and women’s health sufficient to provide a broad base of experience in health care of all genders, ages, and across the life span. Continuity of care is emphasized. In keeping with our mission students are required to have a portion of their primary care training occur at an officially-determined underserved site.