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We are proud to report that the David Geffen School of Medicine continues to rank among the Nation’s leading medical schools, receiving over 14,000 applications last year, resulting in an acceptance rate of less than 1.25 per cent. Our 98 residency and fellowship programs are national leaders, a reputation bolstered by the fact that our residents and fellows receive training at UCLA Health, the best hospital in the West, ranked #1 in California and #3 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, and listed for the past 31 years on the National Honor Roll, a distinction reserved for only 20 hospitals that provide the highest quality care.
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Our medical students continued to benefit from generous philanthropic support: 93 percent of enrolled students received grants or scholarships, with over 32 percent of the student body receiving full-tuition support. Of this 32 percent, the David Geffen Medical Scholarship generously provided a total of 216 students with full tuition and living expense stipends. Mr. Geffen’s philanthropy has been key in allowing our students to pursue their passions unburdened by debt.
Four new scholarships were established to increase the access to and affordability of a DGSOM medical degree. These generous new scholarships fund financial aid and research stipends for 11 students in the PRIME Leadership and Advocacy program, scholarships for first-generation college students in the Summer Health Professions Education Program, and a new undergraduate research fellowship in the MSTP Program for students from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in becoming physician-scientists.
The Dean’s Leadership in Health and Science Scholarship also continued to fund an extra year of education for a number of medical students, enabling them to earn a second degree or engage in a productive year of full-time research. This year we received 31 applications for this coveted scholarship – the highest number of submissions to date – and through generous philanthropy we were able to award eight new scholarships covering full tuition plus an annual living stipend.
We launched The Academy for Excellence in Medical Education, a partnership between the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM) and the UCLA School of Education & Information Studies (Ed&IS) that aims to promote excellence in the field of medical education through research, professional development, school and community programs, and the cultivation of a community of medical education scholars and practitioners.
Our Faculty Professional Development Unit ensured faculty have the resources and training they need to teach in the remote and hybrid environment, as well as incorporate innovative teaching activities as a part of the new DGSOM HEALS curriculum. This year saw the launch of the DGSOM’s Faculty Professional Development Portal as well as other resources.