UCLA School of Medicine faculty and students may be found in the Molecular Biology Institute and in the Department of Physiology, in the clinics, wards, and operating rooms of the UCLA Medical Center and Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, in the Health Sciences Computer Center, in the Louise Darling Biomedical Library, and in dozens of other clinical and scientific facilities.
Students at the UCLA Medical Center are exposed to the best of all worlds -- strong research-oriented basic and clinical science departments, a hospital consistently ranked among the nation's elite, superb affiliated clinical facilities that provide the full spectrum of teaching settings and patient populations, and a biomedical library that is considered one of the world's best. The UCLA School of Medicine offers an M.D. degree program, allied health programs in affiliation with other hospitals and universities, and a number of postgraduate medical training programs, as well as a wide range of master's and doctoral degrees offered through the Graduate Division.
Each department of the school is staffed by a distinguished faculty of respected researchers and practitioners. They have at their disposal some of the most technologically advanced equipment and facilities, including two of the nation's 56 hospital-based biomedical cyclotrons producing short-lived radioisotopes for biological research and diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures.
The four-year curriculum leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at UCLA is designed to develop a comprehensive scientific and humanistic approach to patient care that includes basic sciences, preventive medicine, diagnosis, and therapeutics. Clinical skills are taught in the context of anatomical, molecular, pathophysiological, and psychosocial factors in health, disease, and treatment.
The School of Medicine curriculum combines traditional teaching with problem-based learning and laboratories to maximize the educational experience. Because medical school is but one phase in a physician's education, the curriculum fosters an environment where students are well-prepared for a future in which scientific knowledge, social values, and human needs are ever changing. Formats for instruction include lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions, demonstrations, and visits to physicians' offices; students are exposed to patients from their first week through graduation.
The M.D. degree is conferred at the culmination of a four-year medical curriculum that prepares students broadly for careers in research, practice, or teaching in the medical field of their choice. As medicine moves into the twenty-first century, the curriculum continues to evolve, emphasizing issues of growing importance such as primary care, development of research opportunities for those considering careers in academic medicine, human genetics, and the evolving world of gene therapy, psychosocial issues of health and disease, preventive medicine, and medical ethics.
Students interested in details on the M.D. curriculum or who wish to apply to the M.D. program should contact the School of Medicine Admissions Office, 12-105 CHS, UCLA, Box 951720, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1720. See the College of Letters and Science earlier in this section for details on the four-year premedical studies program.
The UCR/UCLA Biomedical Sciences Program is a cooperative venture involving UC Riverside, the UCLA School of Medicine, and selected Riverside community sites. Students may earn both the B.S. and M.D. degrees in seven years through a combined program maximizing the curricula of both.
The Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program is designed to attract students who express and demonstrate an interest in addressing the concerns of underserved populations. Students in the program spend their first two years at the UCLA campus and complete their last two years of clinical work at the King/Drew Medical Center on the Drew University campus.
The School of Medicine offers an articulated degree program in conjunction with the Graduate Division which allows students to earn both the M.D. and Ph.D. in about seven years, depending on their course of study and research. The Ph.D. may be awarded in one of several medical sciences fields. For more information, contact the Medical Scientist Training Program at (310) 794-1817.
A concurrent program with the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management allows medical students to earn both the M.D. and M.B.A. degrees over five years by following a designated course of study and some shared coursework. Separate application must be made to the Anderson School during the third year of medical school. For additional information, contact the School of Medicine at (310) 825-2866 or 825-3970.
An arrangement with the School of Public Health enables students to pursue the M.P.H. degree while attending medical school. Interested students should consult the Student Affairs Office in the School of Public Health at (310) 825-5516.
Postgraduate medical training programs, including residencies, are offered through all the clinical departments at UCLA and the affiliated training hospitals such as Harbor-UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, and West Los Angeles VA Medical Centers, Sepulveda-San Fernando Valley Program, and many others. Programs at the affiliated institutions broaden the scope of the teaching programs by providing extensive clinical facilities, special population settings, and diverse practice modes. Information about these programs is available from the individual clinical departments of the School of Medicine or the affiliated hospitals.
Master's and/or doctoral degrees are offered through the UCLA Graduate Division in the following fields: anatomy and cell biology (Department of Neurobiology), biological chemistry, biomathematics, biomedical physics, experimental pathology, human genetics, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology. Detailed information on these programs, for which admission to the School of Medicine is not required, is provided in the departmental listings in the Curricula and Courses section of this catalog.
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