LGBTQ+ Healthcare Fellowship Program 2025 – 2026

About the UCLA LGBTQ+ Fellowship

Diverse doctors

As the first LGBTQ+ Healthcare Fellowship Program in the world, UCLA has trained the next generation of LGBTQ+ specialists and physician leaders since 2019.  Our mission is to equip primary care physicians with the leadership skills and clinical expertise to deliver comprehensive care to sexual and gender minority patient populations. 

UCLA Health is recruiting to fill up to two openings for a 12-month fellowship (July 1, 2025-June 30, 2026) in both general primary care and LGBTQ+ specialty care. The fellows will have yearlong longitudinal clinical rotations in a variety of UCLA and affiliate clinical sites, with some flexibility in tailoring the experiences to the learning environment and career goals of the fellows.

The UCLA LGBTQ+ Fellowship curriculum consists of three general core educational themes or domains:

  1. Medical Knowledge, Disease Prevention & Clinical Care
  2. Community Engagement, Advocacy and Leadership
  3. Social, Cultural and Behavioral Health

Within a variety of clinical and non-clinical experiences that include:

  • Primary Care for MSM
  • Primary Care for WSW
  • Transgender Care and Hormone Management (Adults & Pediatrics)
  • Urology, Gynecology and Gender-affirming Surgery including preop/postop care
  • Intersex Health
  • Hepatitis B & C
  • HIV Prevention, Treatment and Management
  • High Resolution Anoscopy (HRA)
  • Substance Use and Addiction Medicine
  • Mental Health including LGBTQ+ Adolescents and Young Adults in Transition
  • Mental Health in PLWH
  • Behavioral health coursework and workshops spanning a variety of topics including human sexuality, bisexual identity, affirmative psychotherapy, and LGBTQ+ domestic violence.
  • Asylum/Refugee LGBTQ+ Health
  • Rural LGBTQ+ Health
  • LGBTQ+ Street Medicine (UCLA Homeless Health Collaborative)

The program also offers biweekly didactics given by our core faculty that will span a variety of healthcare and health policy topics affecting LGBTQ+ communities.

This is a career-development position with a junior academic appointment as a Clinical Instructor with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. The fellowship is designed to train physicians to become outstanding academic leaders, clinicians, and teachers within the new field of LGBTQ+ medicine. In as such, the fellows will also have the opportunity to further enhance his/her/their leadership and teaching skills by working directly with medical students and/or residents. Based on the fellows' interests and under the guidance of core faculty, the fellows will also design and create a community outreach project tailored to improving the lives and health of the LGBTQ+ community. In addition, the fellowship will include a research or quality-improvement component with a trajectory toward dissemination.

This is a non-ACGME fellowship and the compensation includes a very competitive salary, a staff benefits package, an education enrichment fund for conferences including hotel, flight and travel, 24 paid vacation days and 14 university holidays. In addition, the Department of Medicine will pay for the fellows' optional HIV credentialing (AAHIVS certification) for up to three months after graduation of the program.

Successful applicants are physician MDs and DOs with a strong interest in caring for LGBTQ+ communities and have completed or will be completing their U.S. residency program by June 30, 2025 in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, or Internal Medicine/Pediatrics combined specialties. Applications from OBGYN, psychiatric or surgical specialties are not accepted at this time. The program is unable to sponsor visas or offer opportunities for rotations or shadowing experiences for residents or other learners. Applicants to the LGBTQ+ fellowship program should have a passion for leadership, teaching, research, and a motivation to expand the current field of LGBTQ+ health.

Apply for the UCLA LGBTQ+ Fellowship

Our recruitment for 2025-2026 is now open. 

Due Date: Application materials are due 10/1/2024 and all letters of support must be received at least five calendar days before your scheduled interview date. Earlier applications are encouraged as interview invitations will be offered on a rolling basis until filled. 

To ensure fair access and equity, interviews will be conducted virtually in the fall of 2024 with a decision notification no later than early-November 2024. Applicants may reach out to the Program Director with requests to tour clinical spaces. Please note that in-person visits will not affect one's candidacy for admission.

Contact the LGBTQ+ Fellowship Program Director:

George C. Yen, MD AAHIVS
Associate Clinical Professor