DGSOM hosted a variety of events throughout the year for faculty, staff and students

Steve Dubinett, MD

Coffee with the Dean

Coffee with the Dean is a platform for ideas, questions, and solutions that stimulate thoughtful, positive discussion regarding our shared values. Coffee with the Dean includes faculty, staff, students, leaders, and trainees who come together with the Dean each month for an hour-long conversation that focuses on DGSOM community concerns. 

The Hippocratic Oath


We celebrated in June the accomplishments and graduation of the DGSOM Class of 2022. The 68th Commencement Ceremony was DGSOM’s first in-person graduation celebration in three years. Isabel Wilkerson, award-winning author of “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” DGSOM’s Common Book, provided the keynote address for our newest physicians. You can view highlights from this celebration on the commencement website.

Cultural North Star Annual Refocus Groups

Cultural North Star Annual Refocus Groups

These weekly lunchtime dialogues provide an opportunity for DGSOM leaders, staff, faculty, students, and trainees to engage in regular community dialogue. The conversations were grounded in the themes that emerged from the most recent Cultural North Star pulse survey: accountability, professional development, remote work/learning, and other topics of importance to the DGSOM community. 

The insights from the refocus groups informed the planning, goal-setting, and engagement strategy for the upcoming year. The series emphasized the importance of feedback loops, transparency, and building a community of trust.


APAMSA Community Health Fair

Community Health Fairs

Undergraduate student organizations, including Pilipinos for Community Health (PCH), have partnered with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Community Engagement Program to provide clinical services and health education during their quarterly health fair with West Angeles Community Development Corporation (WACDC).


UCOP Visit 2022

Healthcare Symposium

The Healthcare Symposium welcomed all members of the community to “Innovative Solutions in a Broken Healthcare System: Improving Mental Healthcare Access, Housing and Food Insecurity, and Diversity in Medicine.”

DGSOM Pride Alliance

LGBTQIA+ Healthcare

In December 2021, on World AIDS Day, Pride Alliance at DGSOM/CDU partnered with the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) and other organizations from across the UCLA campus to host a celebratory and informative event to recognize the work that has been done and the work to be done in the future.

DGSOM Match Day

Match Day

We were able to gather in person to celebrate Match Day for the first time in three years. This was an opportunity to honor and celebrate the successful residency matches of the Class of 2022 with their colleagues and guests. For more details, please visit the Match Day website and the UCLA Newsroom.

Young students learning

Virtual Summer Camp

The DGSOM/UCLA Health Community Engagement Program, directed by Dr. Carol Mangione, launched a Virtual Summer Camp to engage high school students from low-income communities.

Attendees at a Cultural North Star Community Social

5K for Los Angeles

Student societies organized a virtual 5k for Los Angeles in which they raised funds for a Los Angeles nonprofit organization.


Latino Medical Student Association’s Lennox Health Fair 

Latino Medical Student Association partnered with Dolores Huerta Elementary School to host their annual Lennox Health Fair, which provided many resources to the community. 


Senior Scholarship Day

Dr. Oscar Echeverria, member of the Class of 2022, was honored with the U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award at the Senior Scholarship Day in March.


Global Health Case Competition

UCLA’s first Global Health Case Competition brought together multidisciplinary student teams from across campus to solve pressing global health problems.


White Coat Ceremony

In addition to our traditional ceremony welcoming the new medical school class to the DGSOM community and the medical profession, 2022 celebrated a belated White Coat Ceremony for the medical student class that matriculated in the fall 2020. This milestone celebration was an opportunity to celebrate the Class of 2024 as they embarked on their clerkship training. Dr. Feranmi Okanlami, DGSOM faculty, leader, and advocate for people with disabilities, provided the keynote address for this ceremony.


Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association Conference

The Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) hosted a conference during AAPI Heritage Month, “Stop the Hate: Addressing AAPI Racism in Healthcare and Society,” at Geffen Hall as well as hosting several health fairs across L.A. County.

Cultural North Star Community Socials

DGSOM quarterly community socials were launched in summer 2022 to provide a venue for faculty, staff, students, trainees, and leaders to (re)connect and build community. The in-person gatherings presented opportunities to welcome new community members, celebrate team accomplishments, and recognize colleagues.