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Department of Medicine Residency Program

A Message from the Program Director

In 1975, our Department officially became a teaching service of the UCLA Department of Medicine, with excellence in patient care and excellence in education as its primary goals. For over 3 decades, the Department has upheld its sacred tradition of developing out-standing internists that eventually become exceptional practitioners and notable leaders of the community. The Department, with its vast resources in terms of clinical material and research opportunities, provides comprehensive academic training to its residents and medical students.

The Department shares these educational opportunities by offering core rotations to the other residency programs including Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry. This meaningful interaction among the different specialties ultimately aids the Internal Medicine resident in defining the roles and skills of an internist in actual practice.

The Medicine residents are considered graduate students of the UCLA School of Medicine. Upon successful completion of residency, they receive their certificates of graduation from UCLA. Aside from the Categorical Medicine track, the Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry residencies at KMC are also affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA through the Department of Medicine.

Our Program offers a fully-accredited 3-year categorical track in Internal Medicine. We take pride in having consistently maintained a continued full-accreditation status from the ACGME through the years.

The program provides the utmost clinical and scholarly experiences to its residents, in a setting conducive to learning, striving to attain the optimal balance between resident autonomy and faculty supervision. Residents are intensely involved in direct patient management, under close guidance by our faculty who are highly-motivated to teach.

Being immersed in a large multi-cultural patient population with a wide diversity of pathology encompassing the entire spectrum of Medicine, excellence in the clinical areas obviously is the strongest attribute of a UCLA-KMC resident. Being a University-affiliated program, we also give high priority to research. The residents are mandated to take part in the Annual Research Forum at Kern Medical Center, and in the Annual Solomon Scholars Research Day at UCLA. Numerous Department-sponsored studies have been published, and every year, our residents present notable papers in major national scientific meetings.

Our graduates have moved on to become successful practitioners across the nation as hospitalists, general practitioners and subspecialists. The program actively supports residents who choose to pursue fellowships with many residents completing subspecialty training at renowned academic university centers.

Alan Scott Ragland, MD, MSEd
Program Director