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This program 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. The program will include a welcome from the Offices of Graduate Medical Education and Equity and Diversity Inclusion, as well as sessions navigating the residency application process, a Program Director panel, sharing what programs look for in a candidate and how to prepare yourself to be the best candidate possible.
We will also have a networking lunch with medical students and UCLA residents representing a variety of specialties, and a residents’ panel full of gems for succeeding in the residency. We will also have breakout sessions for both pre-clinical and clinical medical students, including mock interviews with personal statement review, and hands on workshops for clinical skills needed for clerkships.
UCLA is committed to training physicians from all backgrounds to be best prepared to care for a multicultural patient population. We strive to create a learning and working environment that is inclusive and supportive of all of our trainees, including those coming from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the field of medicine. We believe that together we are stronger and thus focus our efforts on collaborating across our various training programs to build community. The GME Subcommittee on Equity and Diversity Inclusion was created as part our Office’s mission to bring together faculty and housestaff at various levels of training to enhance efforts surrounding recruitment, retention and reaching back.
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Christina Harris, MD
Associate Vice Chair, Department of Medicine for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine
Christina Harris, MD is an Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine residency program and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Originally from San Diego, she attended Harvard Medical School and completed a primary care track residency at NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. After 14 years on the East Coast she returned to Southern California in 2013 with her Bostonian husband and two children in tow. She spends her clinical time seeing primary care patients at the West Los Angeles VA where she is very involved in the resident continuity clinic. She currently chairs the UCLA Graduate Medical Education Subcommittee for Equity Diversity and Inclusion and was appointed by the Dean to co-chair the DGSOM COVID-19 Health Equity Research and Advisory Task Force. She is also a member of the Dean’s Office Advisory Committee for EDI. Outside of the hospital she enjoys playing basketball, fixing things around the house and eating her husband’s cooking.
Lovelee Brown, MD
Lovelee Brown, MD is the child of immigrant and military parents who empowered her to be the first in her family to attend both college and graduate school. Originally from Sacramento, California, she attended Stanford University for her undergraduate education. Knowing she wanted to pursue a career in medicine, Lovelee took opportunities to explore the political and social influences on health, health care and the health system. She proudly worked as a health policy fellow for Congresswoman Barbara Lee in Washington D.C. and completed a research Fulbright in S. Korea focusing on the gendered politics of food choices amongst elderly S. Korean diabetic patients. She ultimately completed her medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School where she was the chair of SNMA. Lovelee completed her Internal Medicine Residency at UCLA, in the primary track program where she led her department’s resident Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee. She 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 Road to Residency.
Paul Adamson, MD
Paul Adamson, MD born and raised in Woodland, a small city in NorthernCalifornia. I spent my school years in the Bay Area –Berkeley for college and grad schooland then UCSF for medical school. I did my residency in Internal Medicine at Yale –New HavenHospital and, although I loved my time in New Haven, moved back to California after residency. I’m currently doing a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UCLA and am in the academic research track. My professional interests include global health, sexually transmittedinfections, health disparities, and I enjoy mentoring medical students and residents. Outside of work, I love running, going to the beach, and baking sourdough bread (even before COVID!).
Efe Chantal Ghanney Simons, MD
Efe Chantal Ghanney Simons grew up on the sunny coast of Ghana. She graduated from Yale University where she double-majored in Chemistry and French, then pursued her medical education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is now a fourth year urology resident here at UCLA. Throughout her training, she has been intentional about finding ways to engage in Global health work, a passion that has led her to engage in research and policy projects in Ghana and Ethiopia. Having recognized the hurdles a young woman in science faces in Africa, Efe and her colleagues created the African Research Academies for Women (ARA-W) and have since arranged for 50 young women to partake in a fully funded 8-week research internship. Her efforts with ARA-W aim to bridge the gender gap in (STEM) in Africa, not entirely different from the gender gap seen in Urology in the United States. She believes that as an African female urologist, she would join the ranks of a handful of women whose lives exemplify that any goal is achievable regardless.