At Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, all of us are very excited about new developments! The biggest news, of course, is that ORCHID, our electronic health record, will “go live” on November 1, 2014, and we are the first LA County Department of Health Services facility to start using this full-function state-of-the-art integrated system. We are the middle of training all personnel and finishing up major information infrastructure projects in the facility.
Our brand new Emergency Department and new operating rooms opened in Spring of 2014. Our latest research building, focused on Chronic Disease Clinical Trials, opened one year ago–the fifth modern research facility right on campus. In addition, there is a comprehensive “master plan” for our highly successful research infrastructure (LA Biomedical Research Institute) AND plans for new ambulatory and inpatient facilities for the future.
In the Department of Medicine, we made major changes in our inpatient team structure to improve teaching and workflow for 2014-15, and we are looking forward to changes in our ambulatory clinics, geriatrics, palliative care consultations, and our resident rotation in quality improvement.
We are very proud to be a public hospital–because public hospitals have a long and rich tradition of linking outstanding training programs with academic and research productivity. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center carries on that tradition with its own unique identity—both a public hospital and one of the major teaching hospitals of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. It’s a “Harbor tradition” that our trainees develop their clinical skills and medical knowledge in an environment that strikes the right balance between independence and supervision. Our residents see the widest possible range of internal medicine problems, and this experience gives them the skills and knowledge to succeed in any internal medicine career. Our graduates have accepted academic internal medicine and subspecialty faculty positions, entered medicine and subspecialty fellowships, or have joined medicine practices throughout California and the U.S. Our graduates are very well prepared because they have great exposure to hospitalized and ambulatory patients, learn how to be critical in analyzing the literature, and are closely supervised. Harbor-UCLA’s Department of Medicine faculty, fellows, researchers, and residents are closely involved in biomedical research. Federal, non-profit, and industry research grants support molecular and cell biology, animal research, and clinical and epidemiological studies. Specialized centers on campus focus on cancer epidemiology, coronary artery disease, pulmonary hypertension, COPD, pulmonary rehabiliation, and much more. The faculty from the Department of Medicine alone published more than 150 papers during 2013 and up to July 2014.
The bottom line? Graduates of our training program get much more than an outstanding medical education at Harbor-UCLA. Our residents develop the camaraderie that comes from facing challenging clinical experiences and the opportunity to make a difference to our patients, many of whom have no other sources of medical care. This Harbor tradition makes a lasting impression on our graduates and continues to influence their subsequent professional lives. We would like very much for you to consider us for the next phase of your career in medicine, and we believe that our program offers a broad and intensive clinical experience, a stimulating and academic atmosphere, and an environment that fosters professional growth and self confidence.
Darryl Y. Sue, M.D.
Program Director, Department of Medicine
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center