The combined field of Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) has existed as a specialty since 1967. This field combines the strengths of both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, producing physicians who are knowledgeable and skilled in the diagnosis and management of illnesses across the full life span. Med-Peds physicians are as comfortable in the newborn nursery as they are in the nursing home, inpatient wards, intensive care units, emergency departments and ambulatory clinic.
One unique aspect of Med-Peds training is the ability to care for multiple generations of patients within the same family. Med-Peds physicians are uniquely positioned to understand the complexities of family dynamics and its impact on illness, the epidemiology and public health aspect of disease, and the impact of disease and illness at all ages. Through this lens, a portion of Med-Peds physicians seek specialized post-residency training in public health, health services research, health care administration, medical education and other sub-specialty fields (e.g. adult congenital heart fellowship). Finally, Med-Peds physicians maintain the interdisciplinary integration within medical centers, facilitating communication between departments.
Here at UCLA, we have the commitment of both departments to make this program the best it can be. We have all the resources that UCLA has to offer – excellent training facilities in multiple settings, some of the best sub-specialty divisions in both pediatrics and medicine, 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 interdisciplinary training.
1. Comprehensive clinical experiences, preparing residents to care for patients of all ages in multiple settings
2. Appropriate educational and clinical experiences that fulfill the eligibility requirements of both ABIM and ABP
3. Opportunities to pursue individual interests that may lead to careers in subspecialties, research, administration, public health, or education
4. Curricular experiences focused on understanding practice based learning and systems-based practice with an emphasis on culturally competent care and reducing health disparities
5. Provide a combined ambulatory, continuity clinic experience caring for both adults and children in a medically underserved community
6. Provide adequate mentoring to ensure an optimal residency experience, recognizing the unique issues of the dual-department status
7. Provide appropriate role models to enlighten and educate Med-Peds residents about future professional opportunities
8. Educate the greater UCLA medical community regarding the role and training of Med-Peds residents and graduates