Message from the Chair

By the time this fiscal year ends in 3 days, faculty in the department of medicine (DoM) would have logged in excess of 2 million patient encounters. Embedded in these numbers are stories of compassion, a commitment to quality, a commitment to training the next generation of physicians and how [...]

By sjmartinez • June 27, 2022

Earlier this week I was privileged to attend the 2022 STAR Program graduation and delivered the keynote address. VIEW PICTURES HERE The STAR (Specialty Training and Advanced Research) program is one of a kind. It was conceived in 1991 by current director Dr. Linda Demer and launched in 1993 with the support of our [...]

By sjmartinez • June 21, 2022

This week, I held the third of the department’s regional wellness town halls with faculty who practice in the northwest region. 120 faculty members attended! I must say that the wine and cheese reception felt like I was at a wedding or a family reunion. View pictures HERE. The strong sense of community [...]

By sjmartinez • June 13, 2022

In the life cycle of our education enterprise, June is a month of transitions highlighted by graduations. Last week, my younger brother reminded me that his daughter, my niece just graduated from elementary school. He then sent me a picture of when she graduated from kindergarten which seemed as if it [...]

By • June 6, 2022

For most of you, I hope that you had a chance to get some rest, enjoy time with family over the Memorial Day Weekend and hopefully not overeat or get too badly sun-burned. For those who were on-call or assigned to clinical duties, let me thank you for your service [...]

By • May 31, 2022

It is not hard to notice as you drive around certain parts of Greater Los Angeles, the ubiquitous UCLA Health signage marking clinics and practices that are largely staffed and managed by the department of medicine (DoM). The statistics are striking with over 250 community clinics (over 150 being DoM and [...]

By • May 23, 2022

As an academic department of medicine, one of our core missions is ensuring that we train the next generation of physicians. Although our immediate focus lies with meeting the training requirements for internal medicine and subspeciality certification of our residents and fellows, faculty in the department of medicine (DoM) play [...]

By • May 16, 2022

This has been a meaningful week for the department of medicine (DoM) in many ways. I will start with last Wednesday’s visit from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky to the UCLA CARE Center. The UCLA CARE Center is UCLA’s clinical and clinical research home for [...]

By • May 9, 2022

The department of medicine (DoM) develops tomorrow’s leaders in medicine. This should not be taken for granted. Nor should it be assumed that the outcome will be assured based on those that we recruit here. There needs to be a mind-set and a commitment to work to ensure that all [...]

By • May 2, 2022

This is a special time of year for us in the department of medicine (DoM). The current chief residents are winding down and preparing to hand over the reins to the new chief residents. Thus, for this week’s post, I want to highlight and thank our current chief residents and [...]

By • April 25, 2022