Future Faces of Family Medicine


What is Future Faces of Family Medicine (FFFM)?

Future Faces of Family Medicine (FFFM) is a pathways program for high school students from minority, lower socioeconomic and first-generation college backgrounds. Our aim is to address healthcare disparities along racial and socioeconomic lines by mentoring underrepresented minority high school students and providing avenues to careers in medicine. 

A prior FFFM Scholar learning how to deliver babies in the Obstetrics Workshop.

A prior FFFM Scholar with her sewn up pig's foot in the Suturing Workshop.














Who participates in FFFM?

Each spring semester, after reviewing applications, FFFM leadership selects approximately 15-20 local high school students to participate in the program. Previously involved schools have included: Piner, Elsie Allen, Ridgeway, Roseland University Prep, Roseland Collegiate Prep, and YouthBuild.


     FFFM Scholars and their physician mentors after volunteering at local schools for Cesar Chavez Day in 2017.



What do FFFM Scholars do?

    • Shadow Family Medicine resident physicians to see what it's like being a doctor, seeing patients, and working in a clinic.
    • Learn about different careers in medicine (medical assistants, nurses, mental health providers, doctors.)
    • Get to know, work with, and be mentored by Family Medicine Resident doctors.
    • Attend physician-run workshops to gain firsthand experience with labor and delivery, suturing, casting, physical exams, CPR, medical ethics, and more!
    • Participate in fun social events to get to know your mentors and fellow FFFM Scholars. Past activities have included: game night, bowling, laser tag.


FFFM Scholars learning how to splint and cast.

Practicing ultrasound at an FFFM Workshop.













 Criteria To Apply

1. Students must be minimum of 16 years old to participate in all aspects of our program.

2. Students who are 14-15 years old may participate in all aspects of our program EXCEPT clinic shadowing.

3. Be able to arrange own transportation to program activties.

4. Participate in required workshop activities which occur on Tuesday afternoons form 3:30-5:30pm.

5. Participate in clinic shadowing opportunities which will sometimes occur during evening hours, 6:15-9pm.


 How do I apply to be an FFFM Scholar?

 Applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year FFFM are now available! We will be accepting applications   through December 15th, 2018. Deadline has been extended to December 27th! Program start date is January 29th, 2019.

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Meet some of our past FFFM Scholars

Watch a video to hear past scholars read excerpts from their application essays.



Contact Info:

Please email Dr. Mariah Hansen, HansenM3@sutterhealth.org, if you have any questions or want more information about the program.