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Colleges Overview


Faculty members and students interested in common career activities are grouped into academic colleges during Year Four. The colleges are designed to strengthen career advising, improve the quality and selection of electives, provide a means of honing clinical skills, and stimulate discussion of new findings in the basic, social, and clinical sciences relevant to the future practice of medicine. College activities include an introductory course focused on advanced clinical skills and decision making, a monthly series of evening seminars,
a longitudinal academic activity that can be either teaching or scholarship, and regular advisory meetings.  The introductory College Foundations Week must be taken in the year you will receive your M.D. degree.  

Fourth Year College Members, to log in to ANGEL please go to the following link:  http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/angel/

Class of 2015 click here to access the slides from the January 8, 2014 Meeting

Acute Care College -- The mission of the Acute Care College is to provide mentorship, foster time-based decision making, broaden clinical correlation of Physiology, Anatomy and Pharmacology to Acute Care, and probe ethical and psychosocial aspects of crisis management.

The curriculum consists of the week-long Foundations Course (AC01) at the beginning of the senior year and a series of monthly meetings that address:

(1) didactic sessions focusing on acute management; (2) career preparation seminars; and (3) physician well-being and life strategies after medical school.

Typical careers represented by the Acute Care College are Anesthesiology; Emergency Medicine; Adult Critical Care (Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine

and Hospitalist); and Pediatric Critical Care (Cardiology and Neonatology).



Ed Ha, MD and Jason Napolitano, MD

Coordinator: Aurora Reyes

Acute Care College Foundation Schedule_Class of 2015


Applied Anatomy College -- The mission of the Applied Anatomy College is to develop the knowledge and skills to support a career choice in those specialties in which expertise in anatomy is critical. The typical careers in the College of Applied Anatomy are Surgery and the Surgical Subspecialties (i.e. General, Gynecology, Head & Neck, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Thoracic, Urology and Vascular); Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Pathology. The unifying theme is anatomical implications in medical practice.The faculty and students of the College of Applied Anatomy are committed to the development of knowledge and skills that will support the choice of a career in those specialties in which expertise in anatomy is critical to competency. Through organized activities, including personal advising and counseling, the college will create a meaningful adjunctive program for the medical school for its fourth-year students.

Co-Chairs: Lynn Gordon, MD, PhD and Christian de Virgilio, MD
Vice Chairs: Kathleen Brown, MD and Jonathan Hiatt, MD

Coordinator: Aurora Reyes

Applied Anatomy College Foundations Schedule_Class of 2015


Academic Medicine College -- The mission of the Academic Medicine College is to develop an individualized educational pathway for those students who are considering a career in subspecialty Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Pathology; or for students who have remained actively engaged in research, enjoyed their STTP summer research project but have not had a chance to continue, or who are considering some type of academic career involving research and teaching.   Members of this college include all specialties, including surgical specialties, with a focus on academics.

Chair: Gerald Lipshutz, MD
Vice Chair: Alison Moore, MD, MPH
Coordinator: Aurora Reyes


Academic Medicine College Foundations Schedule_Class of 2015


Primary Care College -- Primary care is the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community.   The Primary Care College’s mission is to train students to continue to attain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become excellent generalists who are committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards of medicine including an emphasis on patient centered care; wellness and preventive care; the provision of timely and high quality medical care; delivering cost-effective health care; promoting health education; delivery of innovative healthcare;  and striving for high levels of patient satisfaction. Members of the Primary Care College include, but are not limited to, those with interests in General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Psychiatry.  As a part of the College, the faculty provide intensive mentoring for students applying for their residency positions, opportunities in community and service-learning activities, exposure to public health and public policy, and mentoring on research and other scholarly projects during the fourth year in preparation for Senior Scholarship Day.

Chair:Allison Diamant, MD
Vice Chairs: 

Rebecca Dudovitz, MD

Christina Harris, MD

Dan T. Lee, MD

Coordinator: Aurora Reyes


Primary Care College Foundations Schedule_Class of 2015

Drew Urban Underserved College -- Students enrolled in the Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program have selected the Urban/Underserved College at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science for their fourth year.

The Urban/Underserved College is committed to providing excellent didactic and practical training, and career counseling for individuals interested in serving urban, underserved populations.  Students enrolled in the College also complete a longitudinal research thesis project.  While the overall theme of the thesis project is to eliminate health care disparities, students have wide latitude to choose research projects and mentors across a spectrum of specialties with application to underserved communities.  The fourth-year medical students present their research thesis results at the Annual Medical Student Research Colloquium.

The Chair of the Urban/Underserved College is charged with planning scholarly and mentorship activities and career counseling.  College activities include clinical skills workshops, mentorship support program, dinner seminars, and community service.

Chair: Daphne Calmes, MD
Coordinator: Brandon Williams


UUC Foundations Week Schedule 2012