Joint Medical Program

Vision: The UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) is developing the next generation of diverse, antiracist physician changemakers who advance health and health equity.

Mission:  The JMP strives to provide a world-class medical education grounded in public and community health to develop physicians who improve the health of individuals and communities, and the systems that serve them. The core pillars of a JMP education are antiracism, clinical excellence, inquiry, community engagement, collaborative practice and systems thinking.

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 provides a broad trans-disciplinary exploration of the social determinants of health, health systems science, population health, health equity, and data science centered around pillars of antiracism, community engagement and leadership. Concurrently, students participate in an innovative student-led, faculty supported Foundational Sciences curriculum through small group learning strategies like Problem-Based Learning and team based learning (PBL), 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.