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Students rally to save UC Berkeley program that produces primary care doctors
Southern California Public Radio

Budget woes at the University of California, Berkeley, could force the shutdown of a program many people are unaware of — its medical program.

The Joint Medical Program, part of Berkeley’s School of Public Health, is small. Just 16 students a year are admitted. Under a university budget restructuring process initiated in February by Berkeley’s Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, the School of Public Health must cut expenses by roughly three percent — or about $900,000.

One of the items on the list to meet that target is closure of the Joint Medical Program. Losing 16 new doctors a year may not sound dramatic, but this particular population is unusual in medicine. While most medical students head into lucrative specialties, the majority of this program’s graduates go into primary care.