First-Gen @ UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Mission Statement

First Gen @ UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) is an extension of the larger UCLA-wide First To Go Initiative highlighting the first-generation experience in higher education. In this group, first gen medical students are those who are the first in their family to attend college. Students who identify as "First Gen" will be able to connect to other DGSOM students, residents, fellows, faculty, and alumni who are proudly first gen themselves. We envision mentorship and tailored resources that focus on student, resident, and faculty well-being and self-preservation (from the medical school years to beyond), through the first-gen lens. We will connect to first gen resources/workshops at the UCLA university level (the established UCLA First To Go Initiative), including but not limited to:

  • Mentorship (if interested) between First Gen medical students and First-Gen UCLA college pre-medical students
  • Networking between First-Gen graduate chapters (e.g. UCLA Anderson School of Management, UCLA Law, First-Generation Graduate Student Council at UCLA)
  • Advocacy of First Gen concerns and issues at bimonthly UCLA First Gen Advisory Board meetings

We seek to connect, empower, and celebrate the first gen community in medicine.

Contact us:

Alejandra Casillas

FirstGen leadership @ DGSOM:
David Ly, Alma Lopez, Micaela Torres, David Ho