Efrain Talamantes MD to Speak at Honors Convocation
Efrain Talamantes is a doctor, teacher, mentor, advocate, author, and scholar.
He has a laundry list of accolades on his resume: earned four degrees, received emerging scholar awards, awarded millions of dollars in grants and fellowships, written textbook chapters, published in the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, co-founded non-profits, and is a fierce advocate for diversity in the healthcare workforce and disparities in healthcare for minorities.
On Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 PM at Kleinhans Music Hall, Talamantes will share the knowledge and passion that has allowed him to compile such a notable resume with D’Youville students as the guest speaker at the D’Youville Honors Convocation.
Currently, Talamantes is the Medical Director at AltaMed Institute for Health Equity, a component of AltaMed Health Services, a leading healthcare system that looks to eliminate disparities in healthcare access by providing care to more than 300,000 residents from underserved communities in Southern California.
Talamantes knew at a young age that he wanted to work in healthcare. At the age of 10, he became the family’s translator when his mother, who had a broken arm, couldn’t explain her injury to doctors who didn’t speak Spanish. This moment in his young life was an early lesson in the need for more minorities and those from immigrant families in healthcare fields.
Prior to his position at AltaMed, Talamantes played a key role in many departments and programs within University of California, Davis Health. Known for his commitment to healthcare education and career opportunities for students from all backgrounds, he served as co-director of the UC Davis Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce and associate director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities. As the associate director of UC Davis’ internal medicine residency program, he had a direct hand in the education of future health professionals.
With a passion for helping those in need, Talamantes is a natural choice to speak at D’Youville. While serving as a mentor to students and during his research, he found that many students prefer to practice close to where they grew up or were trained, especially those who choose to practice in underserved regions. Even Talamantes himself decided to work in South Los Angeles, close to where he grew up because he wanted to find realistic ways to treat patients.
Talamantes focuses his research on the Latino pre-health pipeline and the predictors of primary care practice among medical school applicants. After discovering a growing need for a way to help connect minorities and first-generation students who are interested in healthcare careers, Talamantes founded the MiMentor App.
The platform allows underrepresented students in medicine to connect with current healthcare professionals. They can share stories and resources to help overcome some of the common challenges and barriers that many first-generation students face.
Talamantes recognized early in his education the need for more individuals in the healthcare system who are immigrants, or who speak different languages and can appreciate a multicultural experience in different communities.
Talamantes earned his bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); his Master’s of Business Administration from Emory University in 2007; his Doctor of Medicine from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 2008; and his Master of Science of Health Policy and Management from UCLA in 2014.
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