UCLA takes great pride in adapting to the ever-changing healthcare needs of southern California's residents. In addition to providing world-class patient care and education, the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine pursues opportunities for faculty, staff and students to engage with the many communities served by the UCLA Health System.
Our faculty, staff, residents and fellows routinely participate in events designed to:
Below are examples of our recent community outreach activities. You can also read more about our residents’ events on our In the Community page. To learn more about our professionals’ work around the world, please visit Global Healthcare Initiatives.
Residents Sophia Poorsattar, MD, Nikki Yin, MD, and Christopher Morando, MD, with faculty members Christine Nguyen-Buckley, MD, and Karen Sibert, MD, FASA, joined Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, teachers, and students in celebrating a partnership to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at three high schools in the Los Angeles area. The launch event at Venice High School highlighted the partnership between our department and the California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA). We are jointly supporting an innovative four-year curriculum in biomedical education for high school students, developed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national nonprofit organization that trains teachers and provides resources to “engage students, one medical mystery at a time.” Read more>
The UCLA Mobile Clinic is a free medical clinic for the homeless that operates in two locations, in West Hollywood and in Santa Monica. The clinic’s staff of medical students, primarily in their first year, work toward improving the health of this very vulnerable population by diagnosing and treating acute illnesses as well as chronic medical conditions. Dr. Hirsch shares his experiences volunteering each month at the Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica. Read more>
Five of our pain specialists – Drs. Eric Hsu, Jakun Ing, Chrystina Jeter, George Pan, and Michael Sniderman – showed us how anesthesiology impacts community health at UCLA Health’s 11th annual “I Heart Walking” event, a health fair for employees. The anesthesiologists staffed a busy table all day, explaining the field of pain medicine, and how they manage pain while minimizing the use of harmful opioids. Many employees were surprised to learn that pain management services are available at satellite UCLA clinics, as well as in Westwood.
As opioid abuse has become a national crisis, high-quality pain management plays a critical role in keeping patients safe from the cycle of escalating need for opioid medications.
“This where the field of anesthesiology can truly contribute to population health,” said Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD, the department chair. Read more>
Photos, from Top: Dr. Sibert (far right) accepts Certificate of Recognition from the CA State Senate on behalf of the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology, at far left is Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.; Dr. Jason Hirsch and medical students at the Ocean Part Community Center; Dr. George Pan, who practices pain management in Santa Clarita, answered questions at the event.