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Community Service Learning

Community outreach is an area of high priority for both UC Irvine School of Medicine and the Ultrasound in Medical Education program. We believe ultrasound--with its awe-inspiring ability to see within the human body--is the type of technology that can promote healthcare careers among underserved communities.

Upon request, we visit schools or invite students to visit our facilities, exposing middle school, high school and undergraduate students to technology and career opportunities in medicine they never knew existed.

We explain the way ultrasound works, the new ways in which we are using it at UC Irvine and then we put this powerful technology in the hands of eager young minds for whom this might become the seed that drives them to pursue a career in medicine.

While each participant is performing an ultrasound scan on a live human model, the medical students and undergraduate students share their personal experiences of hardship and triumph in their career paths, which helps students understand that they too can overcome any obstacle and pursue higher education.

Ultrasound in Medical Education is something we promote as an innovative tool of the medicine of tomorrow, yet outreach in the community is something we strive for because we know these students will be the physicians of tomorrow.

Among the schools we have worked with are:

  • Santa Ana High School, Santa Ana
  • Valley High School, Santa Ana
  • Vista del Lago High School, Moreno Valley
  • Cal State University, Bakersfield
  • La Sierra University
  • Orange High School, Orange
  • Health Sciences Academy, Los Angeles
  • Duroville Project students, East Coachella Valley
  • Pacific Tech. Academy
  • Washington High - Fresno
  • Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences
  • Manteca High
  • SDSU 
  • USC
  • University High School
  • Garey High School, Pomona
  • UCI PreMed

To request a presentation, please call 949.824.1129 or 949.824.1132.