Match Day results were announced for 2022, and the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program has added to its success story by placing six international medical graduates (IMGs) into Family Medicine residency programs serving largely Spanish-speaking, medically-underserved communities across California. Since its first graduating class in 2007, the IMG Program has successfully placed 165 IMGs into family medicine residency programs, helping to alleviate the nation-wide shortage of bilingual, bicultural primary care providers, especially in communities facing acute shortages of primary care physicians.
UCLA Family Medicine faculty deliver quality primary- and urgent-care services to homeless shelters.
As a critical component of UCLA's Homeless Healthcare Collaborative, the Department of Family Medicine's faculty have been deploying in mobile clinics to expand access to efficient, equitable, and high-quality healthcare for people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Most recently in January, our teams visited Hope of the Valley Tiny Homes Village in Arroyo Seco.
The Department of Family Medicine's MiVacunaLA intervention has been selected as a winner of the VaxUp Innovation Challenge sponsored by Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. UCLA's effort is one of three teams that will receive a $75,000 grant to generate, test, and scale creative solutions to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among children and teens in Los Angeles County.
Congratulations to our new Family Medicine Residency Associate Program Director!
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Monica Plesa as Associate Program Director for the UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Plesa currently serves as the co-chair of the Family Mecicine Core Clerkship for third-year medical students at DGSOM, and brings years of experience as a clinician educator and residency program core faculty to her new appointment.
A Friendly Reminder! For all faculty and staff, please complete our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) E-learning Module as soon as possible.
This EDI training is a foundational, self-paced learninng for all UCLA Health staff, faculty, and trainees. It provides the baseline information needed for understanding key EDI concepts, and will help initiate the self and situational awareness necessary to help build a more inclusive workplace.
Congratulations to Dr. Steven Shoptaw!
The National Institutes of Health has renewed its support for UCLA's collaborative Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services with a five-year, $7.5 million grant, to be directed by Steven Shoptaw, professor of family medicine and of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, and vice chair of research in the Department of Family Medicine. The center includes leading scientists from UCLA, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, the Friends Research Institute, and the RAND Corp., and works to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic through scientific research and treatments, network building, and collaborations with community and agency partners.