In the eleven years since it was launched in 2006, the UCLA IMG Program has already made significant, and accelerating, contributions to the training and placement of urgently-needed Family Medicine physicians in rural and inner-urban communities in California.
Since its first class graduated in 2007, the UCLA IMG Program has placed a total of 117 graduates into Family Medicine residence programs in California—all in medically-underserved communities.
More significant, of all Family Medicine residency placements offered to IMGs in California, UCLA IMG Program graduates have filled upwards of 90% of these spots for the past three years—testament to the strength of the IMG Program’s training model.
The UCLA IMG Program consistently ranks as one of the top annual producers of Family Medicine residents alongside California’s eight allopathic medical schools. Since 2015, UCLA’s IMG Program graduates accounted for more than 10% of all California medical school graduates matching into Family Medicine residencies in the state. And all are fully bilingual and bicultural.
The UCLA IMG Program produces high-quality Family Medicine physicians who enter the program fully bilingual and bicultural—skills that the Institute of Medicine has clearly pointed out are key to increasing patient engagement, access, and satisfaction, as well as the quality of care for rural and inner-urban communities.
Our IMG Program alumni have gone on to garner numerous honors, including 12 who have been appointed Chief Resident of their respective residency programs; six who have won competitive fellowships in HIV/AIDS, Geriatrics, and Obstetrics; three who have been named to medical leadership positions; and six who have gone on to earn Family Medicine faculty appointments.
By drawing on California’s legal resident and naturalized IMG population, the UCLA IMG Program is able to prepare IMGs from Latin America for California Family Medicine residency training at low cost, and in comparatively short time, significantly boosting the state’s medical education system’s overall ability to meet current needs.