Welcome to the UCLA Primary Care Program!

Thank you for your interest in the UCLA Primary Care Program! Our mission is to train future leaders in primary care who are exceptional healers, innovative educators, and passionate advocates who partner with patients and communities on a foundation of justice and equity.

Our residents reflect and bring voice to many groups traditionally under-represented in medicine. We hope to build a future in which our patients can all see themselves in their physicians. We pride ourselves in being a close-knit group committed to our patients, to one another, to our work, and to our city. 

Our three-year residency program is fully integrated with the UCLA Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program providing inpatient and outpatient rotations at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and UCLA-Olive View Medical Center. The program has two distinct tracks named after the resident continuity clinics. All primary care residents have two distinct continuity clinic sites including a UCLA Health clinic and either a VA primary care clinic or LA County primary care clinic. 

  • West Los Angeles VA Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (VA-HPACT) + UCLA Santa Monica (SM) - NRMP # 1956140M0
  • Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (OV) + UCLA Santa Monica (SM) - NRMP # 1956140M1 

We hope that you are able to get a feel of our program through our website! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing from you. 

Mina Ma, MD: Program Director

Brianna Cowan, MD: Assistant Program Director, UCLA - VA/Santa Monica Track

Arash Nafisi, MD: Assistant Program Director, UCLA - Olive View/Santa Clarita Track

Please direct any inquiries to our program to Nina Talverdian (Program Coordinator) at [email protected] or Bear Waters (Recruitment Coordinator) at [email protected].