Your DGSOM, your community
You make the DGSOM a welcoming, effective institution we can all be proud of. Your involvement—your voice—strengthens our collective impact, making our community more resilient, more visionary, and more just.
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Let us know how we are doing, suggest a new community, or give feedback on an existing one. We want to hear from you as our landscape changes!
Our community is made up of talented leaders who care deeply and work to impact the world for good.
Jordan Daniel, UCLA CTSI
“I’m a citizen of the Kul Wicasa Oyate, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in central South Dakota, providing land acknowledgment during the Fall Gathering. These have been happening a lot more over the last few years to really uplift, recognize, and respect the indigenous peoples. (…) It’s important for everyone to know the true histories of these lands and who actually occupied them first.”
Aileen Arevalo, class of 2022
“During Cultural Awareness Week, all the affinity groups come together and showcase what they’re working on or what current topics are important to their groups,” explains Aileen Arevalo, a second-year medical student. “We had our annual fundraising event, La Posada, in November. We put the money raised towards a scholarship fund for DACA students.”
Lovelee Brown, MD
“I felt it was imperative to choose a program that was open to growth, change and had experience in developing leaders,” says Lovelee Brown, MD. Dr. Brown (pictured second from right) now serves as the Internal Medicine Primary Care Chief Resident and the inaugural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Chief Resident. She is one of the founding coordinators for the Road to Residency workshops.
Cultural North Star
The Cultural North Star is a school-wide initiative that embodies who we are and why we are here.
Offering positive recognition is a simple but transformative act. And the research agrees.
Studies have shown that feelings of gratitude activate areas of the brain correlated with moral cognition, rewards and positive emotion. And even better, the more we engage in it, the more we gain from it.
RECOGNIZE SOMEONE HERE
Our community will be its strongest and most resilient when everyone benefits from the insight of eclectic perspectives. DGSOM aims to cultivate an environment of continual broad-minded growth by providing lectures and opportunities.
Road to Residency
Gives medical students the opportunity to learn about residency programs at UCLA, meet residents and faculty of historically underrepresented backgrounds, and engage with leadership from multiple departments.
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Women’s Empowerment Brunch
A celebration of Black women in medicine, the annual event - and the community formed - is open to all to identify with like-minded individuals, empower others, and to facilitate open and honest conversations.