Joint Medical Program

Vision: The UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) advances health equity and social justice by educating a workforce of diverse, antiracist physicians who practice at the intersection of medicine, public health and community health.

Mission: The JMP provides a unique integrated medical and research curriculum that develops outstanding physicians and collaborative changemakers with the skills to solve public health and health equity challenges and improve the wellbeing of patients and communities.

The JMP is a five-year graduate/medical degree program. Students spend their pre-clerkship years  at UC Berkeley engaging in a unique medical curriculum centered around student-led inquiry while simultaneously earning a master’s degree (MS) in the Health and Medical Sciences at Berkeley Public Health. After two and a half years, students move across the Bay to UCSF to finish their medical education and receive their medical doctorate (MD).

The UC Berkeley–UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) attracts students who are dedicated to improving the world’s health through scholarly self-directed yet collaborative inquiry. This is reflected in both the medical curriculum and master’s program.

The Master’s program in Health and Medical Sciences (HMS MS) supports the JMP curriculum’s vision by adding to the traditional scientific education a framework of critical inquiry and humanism that affords students the intellectual, practical, and ethical skills to promote and lead change processes aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. Concurrently, students participate in an innovative student-led, faculty-supported Foundational Sciences curriculum through small group learning strategies like Problem-Based Learning (PBL) and Team-Based Learning (TBL), as well as a Clinical Skills curriculum, which integrates a structural and systems approach to patient care.

As part of the UC Berkeley campus community, each class of 16 students is  supported by a multidisciplinary, close-knit, and inter-professional team of faculty and staff, committed to individualized support for students’ success.

Upon completion of the five-year program, JMP physicians are strong clinical thinkers, able to engage in understanding the broader issues surrounding medicine through inquiry. They have the skills to: 1) conduct and interpret research, 2) work well in multi-disciplinary teams,  3) teach, and 4) challenge and change assumptions for how we think about, contextualize and practice medicine within larger systems.

Exceptional Leadership

This is an extraordinary time to be in medical education, training future leaders in medicine who can embrace new opportunities to improve the health and health care of our diverse communities. Our leadership team works together to prepare learners to take charge of their own professional development and to become lifelong learners.

Leadership Team, Faculty and Staff

Jyothi Marbin MD

Dr. Marbin comes to the JMP from the UCSF Department of Pediatrics, where she served as the associate program director (APD) for Recruitment and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the Pediatrics Residency Program; the director of the Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity (PLUS) Residency Program; and co-director of the Health Equity & Racial Justice Graduate Medical Education Pathway.

Gustavo Valbuena MD, PhD

Head of Foundational Sciences through PBL Curriculum
Dr. Valbuena is the Head of Foundational Sciences Through Problem Based Learning Curriculum of the Joint Medical Program.

Odinakachukwu Ehie MD

Head, Clinical Skills (PCCS)
Dr. Ehie is a pediatric anesthesiologist whose interests include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Global Health, as well as Education. As a UCSF Teachers Scholar, she started a diversity curriculum for the anesthesia residents, and has held a teaching position as a UCSF Bridges coach over the past four years for the School of Medicine thus providing a foundation in the Differences Matter Initiative.