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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.

Harbor-UCLA Summer Urban Health Fellowship

The one job in which you can be a mentor, a mentee, a community leader, researcher and educator, and political advocate. Come meet the people, become one with the community! During the 7 weeks students will learn to take medicine to the community and learn the basics of community oriented primary care. You will learn skills in community needs assessment and develop models in which to implement and evaluate innovative programs to empower communities. Health policy advocacy will also be covered. This program takes a team of motivational medical students as well as undergraduate premedical students and high school students to work in the community of Wilmington to improve the health and well being of its people.

The program has six components

  1. Public Health Lecture Series: Nationally recognized teachers from the UCLA School of Public Health will discuss current issues we face in providing health to our nation's underserved.
  2. Community Research: Learn methodology in data collection, analysis and interpretation in community needs assessment and health policy. Recent research has been presented in national forums and submitted for publication.
  3. Community Health Education: Give basic talks on health promotion and prevention to the families of Wilmington at various settings including schools, churches and other points of community activities.
  4. Health Fairs: The medical students plan and hold two health fairs in Wilmington providing a port of entry into our healthcare safety net providers to hundreds of uninsured and underinsured families of Wilmington and other areas of the Southland.
  5. Mentoring: Be a mentor to not only a premedical undergraduate but also to a high school student and expand educational horizons to our youth. Form lasting relationships that will guide and encourage our youth towards community leadership. You will precept about one half day per week.
  6. Clinical Preceptoring: Work with Family Physicians in an underserved impoverished area. International medicine in our own back yard.

All components are brought together at the end of the program when students present and make recommendations to local, state and federal health leaders at our annual health summit.

Please email your applications to Sun Ito.

Location: Wilmington, CA (about 20 miles south of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center)

Time commitment: Full-time including two weekends with some mandatory evening events.