Dear Residency Candidate,
Greetings and welcome to the UCLA Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds) Residency Program. Our program was created in 2003 witha curriculum that provides balanced & comprehensive educational experiences in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. At UCLA, we take it to the next level providing our resident physicians the premier experiential foundation in clinical medicine. Our vision is clear and our program is truly filled with love, laughter, and the inspiration to make things better for our community. Your time spent here with UCLA Med-Peds will definitely be invaluable and transcend a lifetime.
It's an exciting time as your next adventure is just around the corner! We are ecstatic you are considering UCLA Med-Peds to be your next home! Our residency program attracts applicants from around the nation and for good reason! We have much to offer from the most supportive and engaging faculty, staff, administrators, and residents to the most invaluable educational and clinical foundation. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is ranked one of the top five hospitals in the United States today and is remarked Best in the West for 23 consecutive years.
Our Med-Peds Comprehensive Care Center and the renown Venice Family Clinic provide a strong continuity experience as well as diverse exposure with our community. Our residents also have the unique opportunity to travel abroad and engage in global health challenges to areas like Malawi, Africa. We also established our own Transition Care Program which continues to flourish and help children with chronic conditions. To top it all off, our Med-Peds residents are a tight-knit group and they support each other like a true family.
Finally, Los Angeles is a vibrant city in which to reside on the West Coast. The population is wonderfully culturally diverse, with a mix of peoples and languages from many ethnicities. The region is also geographically varied, where one can surf, ski and snowboard, and blaze a trail through the desert, all in the same day. Best of all, the Los Angeles area averages 329 days of sunshine each year.
I encourage you to explore our program, ask many questions, and see for yourself what the UCLA Med-Peds program has to offer!
Alice Kuo, MD, PhD
UCLA Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Director of Medicine-Pediatrics
Comprehensive Care Center
The framework that our residency training program utilizes as a foundation for our curriculum is the Life Course Health Development (LCHD) model (Halfon and Hochstein, 2002). The LCHD framework was created to explain how health trajectories develop over an individual's lifetime. More importantly, the LCHD model recognizes that health is the consequence of multiple determinants operating in nested genetic, biological, behavioral, social and economic contexts that change as a person develops.
Based on the relationship between experiences and the biology and psychology of development, the LCHD framework offers a conceptual model for health development and a more comprehensive approach to understanding diseases.
Med-Peds training produces physicians who have firsthand experience observing the development of these health trajectories and understand the early origins of adult disease processes.
Med-Peds physicians fill a very important niche in academic medical centers, which is the ability to understand issues regarding transition of care of patients with chronic illnesses from Pediatrics to Internal Medicine. Med-Peds physicians also have a better understanding of adolescent medicine and the issues pertinent to this population. Finally, Med-Peds physicians maintain the interdisciplinary integration within medical centers and facilitate communication between departments.