Med-Peds physicians fill a very important niche in academic medical centers. They have the ability to understand issues regarding transition of care of patients with chronic illnesses from Pediatrics to Internal Medicine. Our physicians also have a better understanding of adolescent medicine and the issues pertinent to this population. Finally, we maintain the inter-disciplinary integration within medical centers and facilitate communication between departments. Our program will prepare you well to fulfill these roles.
Not only do we provide excellent training for our resident physicians, we also place a substantial emphasis on the concept of being a family. Our family supports each and everyone in our program whenever you need them. Our family makes our residents stronger so they are able to communicate well with their patients and be able to face arduous tasks by collaborating as a team. We also want to make sure that you have fun while training at our rigorous program. As you can see our residents definitely know how to unwind and destress.
We have an unyielding reputation for outstanding performance. UCLA Health’s hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica have been named in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015-2016 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. UCLA, which previously ranked No. 5 in the country, tied for No. 3 this year. Our hospital ranks nationally in 15 adult and 9 pediatric specialties.
The LCHD curriculum is implemented in our residency program to improve resident training by using LCHD theory to inform improvements in medical education and the practice of primary care medicine. The LCHD approach comes from the field of chronic disease epidemiology in public health and is a useful framework to understand the evolution of chronic diseases across the lifespan (Kuh & Ben-Shlomo, 2004).
The UCLA Med-Peds faculty and residents take part in various conferences throughout the year. The UCLA Med-Peds Residency Program hosted the very 1st annual NMPRA Western Regional Conference back in 2010 led by former Med-Peds resident, Dr. Sarah Kemble to showcase what the combined field of Med-Peds residency program training entails as well as the future of Med-Peds, new developments in transitional care, community health beyond the clinic, and careers in Med-Peds. On May 18, 2003, UCLA Med-Peds hosted the annual NMPRA Western Regional Conference in conjunction with the UCLA Healthcare Transition Family Forum.
Our MS4 Subinternship course, ME386.01 provides our Medical Students with hands on training and they get to see first hand what it's like to be a Med-Peds physician. It is located at our MPCCC and is supervised by Dr. Eric Curcio. If you have further questions, contact our UCLA Med-Peds Residency Coordinator.
The UCLA Med-Peds Transition Care Program helps children with chronic conditions make a smooth transition to adult healthcare. Program experts provide consultation for adolescents and young adults (15 to 25 years old) requiring either specialized medical care for complex conditions and/or coordination of healthcare and community-based services.
Our primary continuity clinic site for UCLA Med-Peds residents opened in July 2010. Modeled after the Santa Monica Primary Care Medicine Practice, both Med-Peds faculty & residents practice side-by-side in a community setting, providing comprehensive primary care services to both adults & children.
MPOC is our resident initiated Med-Peds Outpatient Curriculum. An outpatient topic is assigned to a different resident each week and they are responsible for researching and provide an outline of the latest evidenced-based guidelines on diagnosis and management. Our Rapid Journal Club aims to increase exposure to current literature relevant to the combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics practice during our Med-Peds Rounds.
Our resident physicians have access to our online resident study aide, the Challenger Program for Residencies for both the Internal Medicine and General Pediatrics Board Examinations. They also have access to MKSAP, the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program for Board Examination preparation.
Our UCLA Medicine & Pediatrics Residency Training Program has certainly continued to change and grow positively throughout the years. While the field of Med-Peds might be newer, the business of training residents is not. We have the resources and capabilities to produce excellent Med-Peds physicians. We have the commitment of both departments to make this program the best that it can be. And finally, we have all the resources that UCLA has to offer—excellent training facilities in multiple settings, some of the best subspecialty divisions in both pediatrics and medicine, world-renowned and recognized research in medicine and public health, and a campus with strong schools of public health, education, public policy, business, and law for residents interested in pursuing further inter-disciplinary training.