GLOBAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Guiding and Sustaining Leaders
To improve world health by mentoring a new generation of leaders, the UCLA Center for World Health provides clinical, research, and humanitarian education and training for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty from UCLA and around the world. Programs at the UCLA campus and at clinical and research training sites in diverse international settings encourage learners to engage health challenges worldwide through a compassionate and humanistic lens. The Center’s Global Health Education Programs are led by Drs. Tom Coates, Lee Miller, Tanya Arora, Dan DeUgarte, Jorge Lazareff, and Traci Wells. For more information, please email Traci Wells at email@example.com.
Please visit our EXPLORE database for a comprehensive view of the global education and training programs conducted by faculty at the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Health in collaboration with international partners.
Dr. Michelle Anne Bholat (far right) gives a lesson on electronic medical records to IMG graduates. Photo: UCLA Newsroom
Monday, August 14, 2017
Across California, there is a shortage of Spanish-speaking, culturally sensitive physicians. Only 6% of the physician workforce in California is Hispanic, despite accounting for 39% of the state’s population. The UCLA International Graduate Medical (IMG) Program was developed by the UCLA Department of Family Medicine to address this dramatic shortage of Hispanic doctors and California’s changing demographics.
The Program, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, provides Latino physicians a comprehensive education program to earn their California medical licenses and compete for a residency position in a California family medicine program. Upon successful completion of residency, program graduates spend between two and three years in an underserved community providing care to immigrants and low-income patients who face financial and language barriers to care. The objective of the Program is to increase the number of bilingual and bicultural Hispanic family physicians practicing in California’s underserved communities.
Since its inception in 2007, the program has trained 104 Latino physicians, 45% of whom were from Mexico, 20% from South America, and 18% from Central America. Co-founders Michelle Anne Bholat, MD, MPH, (Executive Director, Professor and Executive Vice Chair, UCLA Department of Family Medicine) and Patrick T. Dowling, MD, MPH, (Executive Associate Director, Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Family Medicine) direct the Program.
The IMG Program has received international attention, including a recent report by EFE News
. The article was syndicated by numerous international news outlets including La Opinión, San Diego Union-Tribune, Hoy Los Angeles, La ConexionUSA, Hidrocálido, Arizona Hispano News, el Economista America, Alianza News, La Guia Gratuita, World News en Español, and Meridiano90. The report features comments from Drs. Bholat and Dowling, as well as program graduate Dr. Blanca Campos.
about the UCLA International Medical Graduate Program.
It is our great pleasure to present to you the UCLA Center for World Health (CWH) 2016-2017 annual report
The UCLA Center for World Health
(CWH) was established in 2012 as a joint initiative of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Health to produce leaders who will meet the changing health needs of our planet and optimize health care through community partnerships.
UCLA attracts extraordinary minds – both faculty and students – that strive towards a culture of innovation and are dedicated to strengthening human capital. We have exceptional intellectual capacity and a robust history of generating research that benefits millions worldwide.
We are committed to transform the practice of world health to close the gaps and make a sustainable difference by providing clinical experiences, innovative research opportunities as well as humanitarian training.
This report summarizes the highlights of our programs, and describes the expansion of our educational, research, capacity building and health systems strengthening projects that support our vision of a world in which all people achieve their right to high-quality, compassionate, and affordable health care. We develop major collaborations in global pediatric care that will have a lasting impact on the well-being of all children. We work with people around the world to develop the skills they need to solve problems where they live. We work with them to develop educational and health systems that make a difference. We train them to leverage the science and technology necessary to understand how best to improve health locally. We partner with them to educate their next generation of leaders, and we strive toward clinical excellence for everyone, everywhere.
We are also very proud to feature our Global Health Education Program and the accomplishments of some of the students and faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
provides additional information on the projects of our many global faculty and partners that we weren’t able to feature in this report.
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