Academic Partnership 

555 Tachevah, Suite 2E-107, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Desert Regional Medical Center's partnership with the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine (UCR)  includes plans to establish a primary care residency program in family medicine in Palm Springs on the campus of Desert Regional Medical Center. A future residency training program in internal medicine is also envisioned.

These plans involve the establishment of 6-8 full time faculty physicians practicing in Palm Springs and available as primary care physicians to the public.

UCR's medical school will enroll its inaugural class this coming August, becoming the first new medical school in California in more than 40 years. For more information contact, Dr. Tae Kim, the medical director of UCR Health in Palm Springs.

Desert Regional Medical Center Physicians Serve as Faculty at UCR


Dr. Andrew Alexander grew up in the western US and attended college on a gymnastics scholarship at Washington State. After a short stent of mandatory military service, he entered medical school at USC. Internship was in Internal Medicine at the LAC/USC Medical Center with his residency completed in Family Medicine at the University of Texas, Houston. His final year was spent as chief resident, after which he returned to California and accepted an assistant clinical professorship at UC San Francisco while beginning the private practice of medicine. Dr. Alexander values his doctor-patient relationships as well as his doctor-community relationships. As a full time faculty member of the new UCR School of Medicine, he enjoys building learning opportunities for his community, students, and most importantly, his new patients.


For the last 15 years, Dr. Michael Hughes has been in private practice in the Pacific Northwest.  He has been in a busy full scope family practice office caring for all ages.  He is skilled in a number of office procedures, including minor dermatology surgeries and vasectomy.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, cooking, hiking, camping, exercising, cycling and participating in triathlons.  Dr. Hughes’ philosophy of medicine is that of being a patient advocate, listener and guide to help his patients make informed choices for their health.


Dr. Gemma Kim is the program director for UC Riverside School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program in Palm Springs. She joined the faculty in March 2013, after moving from Central Texas, where she practiced in academic medicine for nearly 10 years. She completed her residency at Texas A&M School of Medicine – Scott & White Family Medicine Residency and was Chief Resident of her class. Professional interests include academic medicine, health maintenance, women’s health, chronic disease management, and outpatient procedures.  Dr. Kim is excited to join the team at UCR to develop and expand primary care in the area.


Dr. Tae Kim is a Family Medicine physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating all age groups with a special interest in women's health, preventive medicine, minor surgeries, chronic medical management, and academic medicine. He was trained at Texas A&M School of Medicine/Scott & White Hospital, where he was selected as chief resident. After completing his residency, he stayed on as Senior Staff and Assistant Professor and continued to teach medical students and resident physicians. This past March, he joined UCR School of Medicine to not only continue to educate future physicians but to strengthen primary care in the coachella valley.


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