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FastStart at the UC Riverside School of Medicine


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Faststart has been postponed and has been replaced with a one-week online program called Jumpstart. To learn more, visit the Jumpstart page.

FastStart at the UCR School of Medicine

FastStart is a five-week, commuter-based, intensive program that provides about 24 first-year UC Riverside students with the knowledge and skills needed to have a successful start in their college education. Offered exclusively to incoming first-year UCR students from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire towards a medical or science-based career, the program consists of classes, workshops and activities that provide students with the foundation that will help them maximize their collegiate experience.

Contact Us

Have a question or comment? Program Director Teresa Cofield can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (951) 827-4935.

FastStart Supporters

FastStart is sponsored by the UCR School of Medicine and grants from the California Wellness Foundation other private sponsors.