The UCLA GI Fellowship Program provides an unmatched breadth and depth of clinical and research opportunities for its fellows. The UCLA program exposes fellows to a range of clinical experiences, including a major tertiary care university hospital (Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center), a tertiary care VA hospital (West Los Angeles VA Medical Center), two county hospitals (Harbor-UCLA and Olive View-UCLA Medical Centers) and a community-based, secondary care hospital (Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center)
UCLA's Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program recently published a paper in the February issue of Journal of Graduate Medical Education that tracks all 123 graduates from the first 20 years of the STAR Program (through 2013). The piece demonstrates the success of the program with over 80 percent of graduates conducting research in academic or biotechnology careers and 71 percent with academic appointments. We have graduated several of these STAR fellows over the past several years.
Arpan Patel, MD Awarded Researcher Innovator Award at STAR Symposium
The Research Innovator Award was founded in 2015 by the UCLA STAR Program to highlight outstanding research by STAR fellows. The $500 award is given to only three posters each STAR Symposium based on scientific significance, approach and innovation. Dr. Patel's poster detailed a study he did on describing palliative care and resource utilization in patients with cirrhosis during their terminal hospitalization. Dr. Patel was the first in digestive diseases to win the award. Congratulations!