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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.


  1. One versus two year fellowship?

    Fellows have the choice of either a one year or two year training program. The twelve-month curriculum includes extensive clinical training, a multitude of teaching and educational opportunities, as well as preparation and support for clinical research and scholarly activity. The two year program can be tailored to the specific interests and career goals of each fellow. Based upon the goals for the fellow, it can provide more research and academic experience as well as more elective time to expand upon areas of interest. Fellows electing this program may also choose to participate in the UCLA Medical Education Fellowship Program. In the past few years, about half of the incoming fellows have chosen the two-year option. However, an applicant’s ranking is not affected by the intent to pursue a one year or two year training program. The decision to do proceed with one or two years of fellowship training can be made after the match.

  2. How many fellows does UCLA accept?

    UCLA currently maintains a complement of 3 fellows per year. Since some fellows may be continuing for a second year of training, the number of available fellowship positions will vary each year, and can thus range from 0-3.

  3. Does UCLA provide experience in pediatric sports medicine?The program has an extensive sports medicine experience that involves children, adolescents and young adults. Each fellow serves as a team physician for a local high school and attends weekly training room clinics and covers events. At the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital the fellows attend a pediatric sports medicine clinic and a separate pediatric fracture clinic. Fellows also provide a pediatric sports medicine consultation service to the Venice Family Health Center. Further pediatric and young adult sports medicine experience occurs with our sports medicine clinics at UCLA and with the UCLA Student Health Service on campus.

  4. How much time is allocated for teaching and research?

    Typically one to two half-days per week are provided as protected time for preparing for presentations and to work on research projects. Fellows have the option to start a new project or expand upon ongoing projects under the mentoring of one of the faculty. Faculty assist the fellows through the process of developing a project, writing a grant if indicated, applying to the IRB, implementing the project, analyzing the data, and preparing to present it at a conference. UCLA provides an excellent balance between clinical and academic experience.

  5. What is the role of the fellows with UCLA athletics?

    The fellows play an integral role in the care of UCLA student-athletes. This is truly a unique experience. The fellows have the opportunity to work with elite level Division I athletes at the university with the most NCAA titles (108 and counting!) Every fellow works with UCLA football, including the opportunity to travel with the team for away games. In addition, each fellow also serves as a team physician for 2-3 other UCLA teams. This provides a very unique hands-on experience with athletes of this level. In addition, fellows also provide a sports medicine clinic at the UCLA training room facility while seeing athletes from all sports independently (with attending backup). It provides a great experience with appropriate autonomy.

  6. What is a typical interview day schedule?

    The interview days are usually on Wednesdays. Most applicants will stay in the area the night before. Schedule permitting, the fellows organize a dinner for the applicants the Tuesday evening before the interview. The interview day typically begins at 7:30 with a tour of the Santa Monica office led by the fellows. The applicants will then head to Westwood for the interviews which end around 11:30am. At noon, applicants attend the sports medicine grand rounds. This is followed by a tour of the UCLA campus with a stop at the Acosta Training Center and the UCLA Student Health clinic. The day typically ends around 3pm. Depending on the schedule fellows may be covering sporting events around the time of your interview. You are welcome to join the fellow. Please notify us in advance if you are interested.

  7. Does UCLA provide any training in musculoskeletal ultrasound?

    Yes. The program works closely with attendings and fellows from UCLA’s musculoskeletal radiology fellowship program, and our fellows have both didactic and hands on training with this group. In Winter 2012 a formal musculoskeletal ultrasound training course was held at UCLA which the fellows attended. In addition, Dr. DiFiori has incorporated musculoskeletal ultrasound into his clinical practice, and fellows have the chance to learn in clinic while participating in diagnostic scans and ultrasound guided procedures.