Commitment to Outstanding Graduate Medical Education

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Health System are committed to Graduate Medical Education as central to their missions to maintain a scholarly environment that is dedicated to excellence in education, medical care and research.

UCLA seeks to educate tomorrow's physicians and medical scientists and will financially support our infrastructure to do so. We are committed to creating an outstanding graduate medical education environment and will commit necessary resources-financial and personnel to allow our programs to thrive. We believe that our commitment ensures that the house staff and future generation of health care providers are prepared for the evolving healthcare needs of California and the nation.

The School of Medicine and the Medical Centers provide a supportive and challenging educational environment within which residents and fellows with diverse backgrounds can prepare themselves for careers characterized by commitment to excellence in patient care, research, teaching and lifelong learning. We offer state-of-the-art knowledge, demonstrate the latest developments in patient care, model compassionate and ethical care, and provide guidance and supervision to ensure patient health and safety

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Medical Centers furnish an environment of organized GME programs in which residents and fellows develop personal, ethical, clinical and professional competence under careful guidance and supervision. Programs will assure the safe and appropriate care of patients and the progression of resident/fellow and physician responsibility consistent with each physician's clinical experience, knowledge and skill. 

The Graduate Medical Education program is designed to provide residents and fellows with the knowledge, skills and values that can serve as the basis for competent and compassionate clinical practice, scholarly research and public service. Residents are encouraged to develop a process for self-evaluation and moral reflection to sustain a lifetime of responsible and committed practice of medicine. The educational program prepares residents to continue their own education and to teach their patients, colleagues and medical students throughout their careers. We are committed to ensuring that our graduates understand the scientific foundation of medicine and apply that knowledge to clinical practice and extend that knowledge through scholarly activities. In addition, we provide the experience necessary for residents to master the clinical skills necessary to evaluate and care for their patients.

While each residency program is designed to meet the unique requirements of the specialty, UCLA ensures a safe and supportive environment for all residents. The GMEC maintains active oversight by establishing educational policy, monitoring residents' work conditions, reviewing affiliation agreements, conducting internal reviews of each program, developing cross-residency educational programs and serving as an advocate for residents. The Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education directs the Graduate Medical Education Committee and together with the Office of Graduate Medical Education is responsible for ensuring compliance with ACGME Institutional and Program Requirements.