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EDUCATION

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.

RESEARCH

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.

Residency Program Goals and Philosophy

The overall goal of the UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program is to offer a broad-based learning opportunity for medical graduates which will equip them with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as family physicians in any setting. All graduates will be prepared to provide comprehensive and continuing health care that is accessible and appropriate to all members of their patients' families.

The special needs of each resident are considered and a program is designed to maximize their personal and professional goals. Finally, the training program believes that the development of a strong self-identity in our residents will allow them to function confidently as family physicians now, and in the future. We have a major programmatic goal of developing family physicians who will become leaders in clinical, academic or teaching roles within the broad field of family medicine.

Objectives of the Residency Training Program

The objectives of the program are:

  1. To provide the graduate physician with the requisite skills, knowledge, and attitudes to:
    • Accept the responsibility to provide comprehensive health care to all the families and family members within their practice, including concerns for their physical, emotional, social and rehabilitative health care.
    • Provide responsible continuity of care to all the families and individuals within their practice.
    • Serve as physician of first contact to provide families and individuals with an entry into the health care system.
    • Function as a family physician in ambulatory settings providing crisis, episodic and comprehensive care to individuals and families.
    • Provide the patient with quality care, efficiently and effectively delivered through utilization of various innovative techniques.
    • Evaluate existing business and personnel practices in ambulatory care facilities in anticipation of assuming managerial responsibilities of an office.
    • Pass the examination for Diplomat status of the American Board of Family Medicine.
  2. To provide the resident with knowledge of the various methods of health care delivery and an appreciation for how they may be utilized efficiently and effectively.
  3. To provide the resident with motivation, knowledge and experience in research methods directed to further the development and improvement of the physician and the discipline of Family Medicine.
  4. To assist the resident in assessing the need for consultation and referral.
  5. To develop in the resident a lifelong interest and motivation to continue his/her medical education.
  6. To encourage residents to serve in areas of health manpower shortage and to provide those who choose to serve in such areas access to the special skills required for practice there.