Family Medicine is a specialty which has flourished because of its tolerance for a latitude of practice styles. Many excellent Family Medicine residency programs exist in the country, yet differ in important philosophical, educational or practice styles. The following are some of the salient features which distinguish the UCLA Family Practice Residency Program.
Although University sponsored, the UCLA residency training program offers a unique education experience in that it is based at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, a community-based teaching hospital, and involves required rotations at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, a public teaching hospital operated by LA County with a mandate to serve the underserved.
The curricula consist of 36 required core rotations at these two institutions including opportunities for away electives. The program provides two family health centers-the UCLA Family Health Center in Santa Monica and the Mid Valley Comprehensive Health Center in the San Fernando Valley. The goal of both continuity sites is to educate high quality family physicians. Although there is a large overlap and commonality between the two sites, the UCLA Family Health Center is more likely to produce clinicians for the broader community while the Mid Valley Comprehensive Health Center will concentrate on urban, underserved populations and policy issues linked to our fellowships.