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David Geffen School of Medicine
A. Eugene Washington, Dean and Vice Chancellor
At the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, faculty members and students play a dynamic role on campus and in the Los Angeles community. Not only are they in the clinics, wards, and operating rooms of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and multiple private and public affiliated medical centers, they are also at work in the facilities of many research programs of the school and broader University. They volunteer in community clinics, health fairs, and public schools, and participate in research and clinical care in multiple global settings.
Students at the Geffen School of Medicine are exposed to the best of many 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, a biomedical library that is considered one of the world’s best, and a multidisciplinary global health program. Geffen School of Medicine departments are staffed by a distinguished faculty of respected researchers and practitioners.
The Geffen School of Medicine offers an M.D. degree program, special programs in affiliation with other hospitals and universities, postgraduate medical training programs, and the following master’s and doctoral degrees offered through the UCLA Graduate Division:
M.D. Degree Program
The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program develops a comprehensive scientific and humanistic approach to patient care that includes basic sciences, preventive medicine, diagnosis, and therapeutic skills for evidence-based medicine. Clinical skills are taught in the context of anatomical, molecular, pathophysiological, and psychosocial factors in health, disease, and treatment.
The curriculum is an innovative, integrated, organ system-based program, with problem-based learning case studies to link basic, clinical, and social studies. Because medical school is but one phase in a physician’s education, the curriculum stresses self-directed learning to prepare students for a future in which scientific knowledge, social values, and human needs are ever changing. Formats for instruction include lectures, problem-based learning tutorials, seminars, laboratories, standardized patient exercises, and clinical experiences; students are involved in patient care from their first week through graduation.
The M.D. program is a four-year medical curriculum that prepares students broadly for careers in research, practice, and teaching in the medical field of their choice. The curriculum emphasizes issues of growing importance such as primary care, research opportunities for careers in academic medicine, human genetics and the evolving world of gene therapy, psychosocial issues of health and disease, evidence-based medicine, medical ethics, and clinical reasoning.
For details on the M.D. curriculum or to apply to the program, see http://www.medstudent.ucla.edu/prospective/ or contact the Geffen School of Medicine Admissions Office, 12-105 Center for the Health Sciences, UCLA, Box 957035, Los Angeles, CA 90095-7035. See http://career.ucla.edu/Students/GradProfSchCounseling/Overview for details on the four-year premedical studies program.
Extending medical education to a broader segment of tomorrow’s physicians and researchers, the Geffen School of Medicine admits a select group of students into two innovative partnership programs. In addition to completing the requirements for the M.D. degree, students engage in specialized coursework and/or projects designed to fulfill the mission of each program.
Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program
The mission of the Charles Drew (CDU)/UCLA Medical Education Program is to train students to practice medicine with competence and compassion in disadvantaged rural and urban communities. Each year 24 students are admitted to the program. Students spend their first two years at the UCLA campus and complete their last two years of clinical work in specially designated training centers in medically underserved communities and at UCLA and affiliated hospitals. A distinguishing component of the program is the required medical research thesis. See http://www.cdrewu.edu/com/CDU_UCLAMedicalStudentProgram/.
UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences
The UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences is a cooperative venture involving UC Riverside, the Geffen School of Medicine, and selected Riverside community sites. The program mission is to prepare graduates for distinguished medical careers in service to the people of California, with emphasis on the needs of the underserved, inland, and rural populations. Students complete the first two years of medical school at UC Riverside, then participate in the clinical training program at UCLA. See http://biomed.ucr.edu/prospective_students/.
Articulated and Concurrent Degree Programs
Medical Scientist Training Program
The Geffen School of Medicine and the Graduate Division offer an articulated degree program that allows students to earn both the M.D. and Ph.D. in about eight years, depending on the course of study and research. The Ph.D. may be awarded in one of several medical sciences fields. Call the Medical Scientist Training Program at (310) 794-1817 for details or see http://mstp.healthsciences.ucla.edu/pages/.
Concurrent programs with the Anderson Graduate School of Management and Luskin School of Public Affairs and an articulated program with the Fielding School of Public Health allow UCLA medical students to earn both the M.D. and M.B.A., M.D. and M.P.P., or the M.D. and M.P.H. degrees over five years by following a designated course of study and some shared coursework. Separate application must be made to the Anderson School, Luskin School of Public Affairs, or Fielding School of Public Health during the third year of medical school. Call (310) 825-3970 for information.
Dual Degree Program
UCLA PRIME Program
The UCLA PRIME Program is a five-year program to develop leaders in medicine who address policy, care, and research issues in healthcare for underserved populations. A commitment to serve and experience in working with diverse medically disadvantaged populations is paramount. The program leads to the M.D. and a master’s degree in areas that complement the mission of the program. Each year the class is comprised of 18 students. Students identify with one of three programs: PRIME UCLA-WESTWOOD, PRIME UCLA-UCR, or PRIME UCLA-CDU. Following successful completion of the required clinical clerkships, students pursue a one-year master’s degree. See http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/uclaprime/ or call (310) 794-5912.
Postgraduate Medical Training
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 Greater Los Angeles VA System. 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 Geffen School of Medicine or the affiliated hospitals.
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
The Semel Institute is one of the world’s leading interdisciplinary research and education institutes devoted to the understanding of complex human behavior. Fourteen research centers, ranging from genetics to human culture, together with research initiatives distributed widely across the academic departments of the Geffen School of Medicine and the College of Letters and Science provide a comprehensive and outstanding research and training environment for the study of neuroscience and behavior.
The research portfolio of the 400 faculty members, graduate students, and fellows who work in the institute spans behavioral genetics, developmental neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, neuropharmacology, brain imaging, clinical research, health policy, and sociocultural studies of human behavior and its disorders. For further information, see http://www.semel.ucla.edu.
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