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This annual 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 UCLA's Minority Housestaff Organization and the Office for Justice, 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 session with medical students and UCLA residents representing a variety of specialties, and a residents’ panel full of gems for succeeding in the residency. Our program caters to both pre-clinical and clinical medical students which includes 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.
Chase Richard, MD, MBA
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.
Ceci Canales, MD, MPH
Ceci Canales, MD, MPH is a 4th year Anesthesiology resident (CA-3). Her parents and seven brothers and sisters immigrated from Mexico and she was the first in her family to go straight to college. She was a non-traditional medical school applicant, who spent years developing research and educational programs prior to entering medical school. Throughout medical school and residency she’s continued to develop her academic career focusing on biomedical ethics and patient centered outcomes research, publishing in various anesthesiology journals, presenting at national and international conferences, and received several awards for her work. She’s also continued community engagement programs by mentoring students from underserved communities towards a path to college and careers in STEM. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she knows the ins and outs of the city with dozens of micro-communities that are always changing. She is a great resource for learning how to navigate the LA traffic and where to get the best real deal street tacos.
Brittany Tarrant, MD, MS
Brittany Tarrant, MD, MS, is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and current fourth year resident in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. Brittany’s interests are in child and adolescent psychiatry, particularly within the space of trauma, early-onset psychosis, and working with populations including underserved youth or youth involved in the justice or foster care systems. Brittany currently serves as President for the UCLA Department of Psychiatry Residents’ Council. Additionally, she is a 2020-2021 SAMHSA American Psychiatric Association Minority Fellow. Brittany’s dedication and background in equity driven work has been demonstrated throughout her academic career, holding leadership positions regionally and nationally within the Student National Medical Association and Ame4rican Psychiatric Association. Currently, she serves on UCLA Department of Psychiatry’s Holistic Review and Recruitment Committees, with interests in working to cultivate a dynamic, inclusive, justice and equity informed training environment. Brittany is also active within the department’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Community and Global Psychiatry initiatives.