Internal Medicine Residency: Life
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is located in one of the best
parts of the Los Angeles Area, the "South Bay," which is well
known for the quality of air and weather, excellent beaches, and
more moderate temperatures and less congestion than other parts
of Southern California. We’re just 20 miles south of downtown
Los Angeles and close to the freeways. The South Bay communities
of Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena, San Pedro, Long Beach,
Palos Verdes Peninsula, Manhattan Beach, and Lomita are mostly
residential, but have a mix of high-tech industry, light
industry, transportation, retail sales, and other businesses.
The nearby Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have the heaviest
volume of cargo in the U.S. There is a notable Pacific Rim
flavor to the area as the U.S. headquarters of Honda, Toyota and
many other Asian-Pacific companies are located within a few
miles of Harbor-UCLA.
excellent year-round climate and proximity of mountains and
ocean combine to provide Los Angeles area residents with unique
recreational opportunities. The nearest beach is only 15
minutes from the hospital. Ski resorts are only two to
three hours by car from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and good snow
for skiing is available about four months of the year. One
can easily test their luck as a trip to Las Vegas takes
approximately four hours by car. In addition brief getaways
are the norm as San Diego, Santa Barbara, or Palm Springs are
approximately two hours away by car.
for sailing, golf, tennis, and diving are available. There are
several internationally-famous marathon races and bicycling
events every year. Major shopping complexes are minutes away, as
well as restaurants of every kind. Every conceivable form of
entertainment and cultural enrichment is readily available in
The downtown Music Center provides the city with a complex of
magnificent halls for opera, symphony, dance, and drama.The famous Hollywood Bowl, the
largest outdoor music theater in America, offers a popular
summer program of symphonies and concerts. The spectacular Getty
Museum in West Los Angeles gives the area a world-class art
museum. Other major collections include the Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, the Norton Simon
Museum, and the Huntington Library.
are more than 20 universities and colleges in the Los Angeles
metropolitan area that provide educational, cultural and social
activities of wide variety and interest.
Southern California has major professional teams in baseball,
basketball, soccer, and hockey, and hosts numerous major
collegiate sports events, including those at UCLA and USC.
The bottom line is that when you leave the hospital there are
endless opportunities for recreation.