Dear Residency Candidate,

Lisa Skinner

Welcome to UCLA! Located on the southern edge of an undergraduate campus with views of the Pacific Ocean, UCLA Medical Center embodies the California spirit: diverse and inclusive, ambitious, creative and optimistic. There’s simply no place like it.

Our trainees are devoted to mastering the art and science of clinical medicine. Varied training sites include a university medical center, a community hospital, a VA system, and a countyhospital. Diversity of patients, sites, and clinical exposure is a hallmark of our training. Graduates of UCLA Internal Medicine program are poised to thrive in any clinical setting.

We love helping each resident meet their potential as a physician, advocate, and leader. We offer three tracks: categorical medicine, primary care, and PSTP. Additionally, in the second and third years you can select among pathways for advanced leadership training in health systems management, global health, medical education or our new health equity pathway. For residents seeking careers in basic or clinical science research, the PSTP and proSTAR programs provide additional infrastructure to help you succeed.

So many factors go into choosing a residency program. Every year, I ask our interns what drew them to ours. Many talk about the clinical diversity, the research opportunities, or career development. Some love the urban-outdoor mix.Above all, year after year, our trainees tell us they were drawn to our culture. Members of our community come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, but they are bound by the shared ideals of humanism, integrity, humility, curiosity, humor, and tenacity. Practicing during a global pandemic, we have never relied more on our values, identity, and sense of purpose. It’s times like these when culture matters most, and I have neverbeen prouder of the UCLA Internal Medicine Residents.

You may not be able to visit us this year at our home in Los Angeles, but we hope you will get to know our kind, funny, brilliant, intrepid residents and see for yourself what makes UCLA special.


Lisa Skinner, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Program Director
UCLA Internal Medicine Training Program