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As one of the largest academic medical universities in the country, UCLA sponsors many exceptional training programs including our family medicine residency program which consists of 36 residents.


The UCLA Department of Family Medicine Research Program has one of the most active family medicine research groups in the country committed to improving the quality of primary care and promoting health in partnership with ethnically diverse communities.


Course Chairs:

Denise Sur, MD


Daniel Vigil, MD

Course Coordinator: Sun Ito

Course Description

The goal of this clerkship is for the students to learn family-centered primary health care that is humanistic, comprehensive, cost-effective, continuous, and sensitive to psychosocial, ethical, and financial issues. Because family physicians take care of families, the clerkship will include family dynamics, the family's influence on health, and the impact of illness on the family. Our clerkship provides an opportunity for students to learn about the diagnosis and management of patients with common problems. Students will be expected to learn a comprehensive approach to the patient with these problems that entails consideration of etiology, incidence, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, course, prognosis, treatment, and appropriate aspects of patient education, disease prevention, and health promotion. Students should develop sensitivity to social, familial, ethical, legal, cultural, and economic issues encountered in an ambulatory setting.

Clerkship Sites and Directors

  • Glendale Adventist Medical Center (Jack Yu, M.D.)
  • Harbor/UCLA Medical Center (Gilberto Granados, M.D.)
  • Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center (DREW) (Gilberto Granados, M.D.)
  • Kaiser Fontana (Renu Mittal, M.D.)
  • Kaiser Sunset (Walter G. Coppenrath, M.D.)
  • Kaiser Woodland Hills (Martin Levitt, M.D.)
  • Long Beach Memorial Hospital (Cynthia Herzog, M.D.)
  • Mid Valley Family Health Center (Maureen Mayrinac, M.D.)
  • Northridge Family Practice Center (Cindy Yang, M.D.)
  • Pomona Valley Medical Center (Maili Dalla Tor, M.D.)
  • Santa Monica Bay Physicians (James Murray, M.D.)
  • (Santa Monica) UCLA Family Health Center (Monica Plesa, M.D.)
  • Ventura County General Hospital & Clinics (James Helmer, M.D.)
  • Whittier PIH Family Practice Center (Ana Bejinez-Eastman, M.D.)

For more information, please contact the course coordinator or visit Medical Student Resources, David Geffen School of Medicine website.