Presentations at Scholarship Day
In addition to an innovative core curriculum, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has several specialized longitudinal pathways designed to provide opportunities for special mentorship and individualized experiences in order to prepare for leadership roles in special types of careers in medicine.
The Genetics and Genomics Pathway provides students with the vision, leadership, and technical skills to understand the role genetics and genomics play in the medical specialty they choose to pursue. Our comprehensive integrated curriculum focuses on how the science of genetics and genomics affects the spectrum of human health and disease in its entirety. As one of the first medical schools to offer a pathway in genetics and genomics, students will be uniquely poised to deliver care in the changing landscape of 21st century medicine (including personalized and precision medicine). Educational opportunities within the pathway are designed to build students’ skills in clinical genetics, translational genetics research, recognition of genetic influences in common medical disorders, and navigating the complex social and ethical implications of genetics in medicine. The pathway requirements include taking the Medical Genetics Selective, ideally during the first year, completing a longitudinal scholarly research project in genetics, and completing a fourth year clinical elective in genetics. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in many different genetics-related clinics, seminars, journal clubs, and diagnostic molecular genetic testing.
The Global Health Pathway is designed for medical students interested in the wide variety of career possibilities in global health arenas. These career paths include global health research, clinical work in global locations, specialized education and/or training leadership at academic medical centers, and staffing in U.S. government agencies (e.g. CDC, USAID, NIH), multilateral organizations (e.g. United nations), or philanthropic or nongovernmental organizations (e.g. Gates Foundation). The Global Health Pathway will provide opportunities for students to network with colleagues involved in global health, to explore career options in global health, and most importantly, to facilitate longitudinal mentorship and activities with UCLA faculty members and global partners working in this area. Upon completion of Pathway requirements, students will receive a 'Certificate of Completion of the Global Health Pathway'. All participants in the pathway will complete a scholarly global health project or a longitudinal field experience. Students typically join the Global Health Pathway at the end of their first year of medical school.
The goal of the Pathway in Clinical and Translational Research is to assist students in identifying a research mentor during the first year of medical school, thus allowing time for a long-term experience with a research team and experience across the many phases of the research process. Special educational opportunities within the Pathway are designed to help students build skills in clinical research design, biomathematics, ethics of human research, grant writing, and communication of science. Research opportunities include a broad range of study types, all of which are essential in moving biomedical research findings from the bench to the bedside and then out into the community. Completion of all of the Pathway requirements results in a Certificate in Clinical Translational Research. Students can also participate in any aspect of the Pathway without pursuing a certificate. MD/PhD students are not eligible for the Pathway. For more information, go to http://ctsi.ucla.edu/education/pages/tpts?#medstudent. Students may apply at any time during their first or second year (second years need to have had a summer research experience between 1st/2nd years).
The Systems of Care Pathway seeks to recruit, train and prepare the next generation of leaders for primary care enterprises, across the continuum from community-based clinics to large integrated delivery systems and academic health enterprises. Four key elements combine to achieve this objective: 1) immersive, authentic clinical experience beginning in Year 1 and continuing until graduation, at a single clinical site and under direct supervision of an experienced primary care faculty member, as well as continuity with a panel of patients; 2) formal course work beginning with health policy and management content in Years 1 and 2, and participation in clinic business meeting that address financial and productivity targets, and stress high-value, cost-conscious care, 3) a required, clinic-based quality improvement project in the summer between Years 1 and 2, and 4) continuous career development and residency-planning mentoring to ensure that the skill set acquired through the Pathway is put to work during residency training and beyond. Our graduates have a unique knowledge and skill set that positions them to add value and lead change in the settings where they complete primary care residencies. Some pathway students choose additional management training during medical school, such as the combined MD/MBA program with the Anderson School of Management.