Ronald Reagan UCLA is located in the heart of Westwood Village, adjacent to the UCLA Campus. It ranks among the top four U.S. hospitals according to the 2020-2021 U.S. News Best Hospitals Honor Roll. The UCLA Medical Center is a tertiary and quaternary referral center and one of the top transplant centers in the world. This state-of-the-art, 520-bed facility serves as the home for the residents where the majority of our inpatient rotations take place. By keeping this hospital at the core of our program, our residents are constantly working together to foster strong collegial relationships. At Ronald Reagan, our residents rotate through the Medicine Wards, the ICU, the CCU, the ED, and subspecialty consultations. Learning to care for these complex and diverse patients will prepare residents for their future endeavors, no matter what they may be.
UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center is a 266-bed teaching community hospital. It recently underwent a major reconstruction which was completed in January 2012, resulting in a modern facility with all the amenities of a smaller community hospital coupled with the latest in diagnostic and therapeutic technology. The Santa Monica community is unique given its large homeless and affluent populations, allowing residents to care for a variety of socioeconomic and cultural classes in one setting. Santa Monica is the home of our Hospitalist rotation where residents will develop significant autonomy and get a look into the life of a community physician. Residents also rotate through Solid Oncology and through our Geriatrics service, consistently ranked in the top 3 in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. Subspecialty consultations and outpatient experiences are available at this hospital as well. The Santa Monica rotations prepare residents to be autonomous community doctors.
The West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, located in Westwood just one mile from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, is one of the largest referral centers in the VA System. It provides both primary and tertiary care to veterans and has a referral base throughout Southern CalifornThe West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, located in Westwood just one mile from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, is one of the largest referral centers in the VA System. It provides both primary and tertiary care to veterans and has a referral base throughout Southern California. The 262-bed facility is comprised of a medical and surgical intensive care unit, cardiac telemetry unit, general medicine ward, inpatient geriatric ward, acute inpatient rehabilitation ward, and an inpatient psychiatry ward. In addition to the inpatient medicine rotations, the emergency department, medicine subspecialty, and primary care clinics are key components of our ambulatory rotations. All medical staff of the West LA VAMC have academic appointments at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and hospital serves as a continuity rotation teaching site for UCLA medical students. The hospital campus also includes the 300 bed Extended Care and Rehabilitation Center and a 400 bed State Veterans Home which was completed in 2012.
Olive View UCLA Medical Center is an academic county hospital located in the San Fernando Valley, approximately a 30-minute drive north of UCLA. We are fortunate to have a mutually beneficial partnership with the Olive View UCLA training program. Residents rotate here as interns on the medicine wards and most return as senior residents for another month. The county hospital experience is integral to our program as it provides a focus on the underserved and equips our residents with the skills to practice medicine in a resource-limited setting.
Ambulatory training is a major cornerstone of our program. We firmly believe that to be a competent clinician one must have strong outpatient skills. Consistently, our graduating residents reflect back on their continuity clinic and feel it was one of the most rewarding experiences of their residency. Our ambulatory training consists of both private and free clinics, providing our residents opportunities to focus on cost-effective care.
Our four continuity clinic sites for categorical residents are:
Our primary care residents all have two continuity clinic sites (depending on the pathway, please see Primary Care Training for more details):
UCLA Internal Medicine, Suite 420 The Internal Medicine Suite is located in the 200 Medical Plaza adjacent to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. This is one of the locations of the outpatient continuity clinic for our categorical residents. Residents are assigned panels of patients from outgoing residents and have the opportunity to continue building their practice over the course of the three-year program. Together with their attending preceptors, clinic nurses, and patient service representatives, residents deliver comprehensive outpatient clinical care. In addition to their patient panel, residents also will see same-day urgent care patients from the community. For further questions, please contact Dr. Sun Yoo ([email protected]), the IMS 420 clinic director.
The Simms/Mann Health & Wellness Center is an outpatient facility that is run by the Venice Family Clinic, one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the country. This health center provides high quality primary, subspecialty, and multidisciplinary care to low income and uninsured patients on the west side of Los Angeles. Our UCLA residents staff this clinic Monday through Friday. Categorical residents interested in working with underserved populations can request their continuity clinic to be based at Simms/Mann. Residents with continuity clinics at IMS may also rotate through our Simms/Mann resident clinic to complement their clinical training experience. Please contact Dr. Daniel Kozman ([email protected]) with questions regarding the Simms Mann clinical site.
The West Los Angeles VA is located just outside of Westwood while the Sepulveda campus is located in the San Fernando Valley, approximately 25 minutes north of Westwood. Residents at both sites will be fully integrated into Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs) allowing them the opportunity to train in a truly integrated medical home team of care providers. Together with their attending preceptor, each resident will manage a panel of patients and will work collaboratively with their team to deliver high quality care to ensure each patient attains their individual health care goals. With a fully integrated mental health service, on-site health coaches, pharmacists and social work services, residents are provided with the resources to take care of this unique and diverse population in a rewarding way. All residents will also rotate in Women's Health and select ambulatory medicine sub-specialty clinics at the VA. Please feel free to contact Dr. Christina Harris ([email protected]) regarding the continuity experience at WLA or Dr. Olivia Arreola-Owen ([email protected]) regarding the Sepulveda VA clinical site.
Our philosophy is centered on the principle that most of our residents' future practices (be it primary care or subspecialty medicine) will occur in the ambulatory setting. Therefore we focus most of our subspecialty rotations in the outpatient arena. Residents will attend subspecialty clinics at both our Westwood and Santa Monica practices. Residents will often see rare, complex, or refractory diseases at the Westwood clinics. Conversely, the Santa Monica and VA subspecialty clinics provide more of a typical community subspecialty practice experience. Each clinic week, residents will rotate through a variety of subspecialty clinics, including: cardiology/pre-op, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology-oncology, pulmonary medicine, and rheumatology. Outpatient exposure to these disciplines allows the housestaff to work closely with our outstanding faculty and provides exposure to the common diseases typically treated by these specialists. Additionally, junior and senior residents also have significant elective time to design a curriculum based on their career goals. UCLA offers a broad range of ambulatory electives including but not limited to women's health, allergy-immunology, east-west medicine, radiology, dermatology, sports-medicine, student health, procedures, HIV, nuclear medicine, pathology, nutrition/obesity, and palliative care.
UCLA Santa Monica 2020 Urgent Care Clinic The Internal Medicine Consultants at 2020 Santa Monica Blvd is a well-established UCLA primary care practice serving the Santa Monica community. Residents with continuity clinics at the West LA VA and Simms/Mann rotate through urgent care clinic at “2020” to build outpatient skills in a university-affiliated community clinic setting.