Patricia (Paty) M. González, M.A.Ed. (she, her, hers)
Manager, Office of Student and Resident Diversity
I serve as the Manager for the Office of Student and Resident Diversity, where she oversees the daily operations of pre-med, medical student, and resident diversity pathway programs. Since 2011, I have been instrumental in the development of workforce diversity medical education programs at UCD School of Medicine. I managed the initial development of the San Joaquin Valley PRIME (now REACH-PRIME, focused on developing physician leaders for California’s Central Valley), the Accelerated Competency-based Education in Primary Care (ACE-PC, the first 3-year MD program in California), and Academic Research Careers for Medical Doctors (ARC-MD, a five year program that provides professional and skills development that promote a successful career as a diverse physician scientist). In medical and pre-medical programs, my goal is to create equity through educational access and tailored support to students traditionally not represented in medicine who are committed to serving underserved communities. In addition to my role at OSRD, I co-chair the Community Involvement Committee at the Office of Medical Education, and I am a volunteer for the No One Dies Alone Program at the Medical Center, and I co-lead The Pantry at UCD Health.
Why I do DEI Work
My work in DEI started within advocacy and education programs on behalf of rural hospitals and clinics as a community college student. Having grown up in a rural town I was aware of the impact a medically underserved area has on its population, including the most vulnerable members such as farmworkers. It is in this work that I gained the understanding that diversity was part of the solution to reduce disparities among disadvantaged groups. After seven years in rural healthcare advocacy, I jumped on the opportunity to enter medical education to develop a program to recruit and prepare students to serve the most underserved region in our state, the Central Valley, a highly rural and agricultural area. In my career post being a pharmacy technician, I worked on behalf of healthcare institutions and professionals, then I transitioned into preparing medical students, and now I have the privilege of overseeing programs that support individuals from pre-medicine through medical practice. I am here to serve and to continue learning, growing, and developing best-practices on behalf of diverse students, patients, and entire communities for the betterment of all.
Giving is living.
Last updated March 1, 2021