Message from the Chair

This week I showcase recent work from some of our residents that reflect their commitment to scholarship and underscores the priority that the department of medicine (DoM) will give to fostering and supporting their academic creativity. The examples reflect work that was done at UCLA or initiated prior to their [...]

By sjmartinez • August 15, 2022

I had lunch with our nine chief residents last week. They were introduced in an earlier post. They are fully in their stride as leaders of our internal medicine training program. We talked about the critical work they do, not only to ensure that our trainees receive their duty assignments, but about [...]

By sjmartinez • August 8, 2022

This week, U.S. News and World Report released their annual hospital rankings. The methodology changes from year to year, and attention is often focused on the overall rankings of health systems. This year, UCLA Health continues to be recognized as a premier health system in the United States. I want [...]

By sjmartinez • August 1, 2022

Last week I celebrated the phenomenal productivity of department of medicine (DoM) research faculty during the first six months of this year. The data did not include the support that we receive from the Veterans Administration (VA). As you may know The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLA), headquartered at [...]

By sjmartinez • July 25, 2022

As an academic medical center, we seek to excel in all missions, clinical care, community engagement, education and research. This week, I want to share with you some statistics that underscore the research productivity of the department of medicine (DoM). Over the past five weeks, our faculty published at least [...]

By sjmartinez • July 18, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion defines health equity as being achieved when no one is disadvantaged from achieving their full health potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. Our commitment to health equity continues to be an area [...]

By sjmartinez • July 11, 2022

I hope you had a restful and enjoyable July 4th and for those of you who covered our hospitals, thank you for your service. This week I want to highlight the final large group of recent graduates from our training programs. These are the graduates of our subspecialty fellowships and [...]

By sjmartinez • July 5, 2022

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