Message from the Chair

The road to becoming an attending physician in medicine and its subspecialties is a long one, with multiple transition points and competitive applications to achieve these goals.  Starting with an undergraduate degree, medical school, residency and then fellowship, the journey from start to finish could span anywhere from 13 to [...]

By sjmartinez • December 5, 2022

One of the realities of our department is our ability to support our colleagues and excel across the entire career spectrum from trainees to faculty. A series of events last week perfectly exemplify this. As we reflected during the Thanksgiving week, on what we are most thankful for, Med-Peds Program Director Gifty [...]

By sjmartinez • November 28, 2022

Later this week most Americans will gather with family to celebrate Thanksgiving. For many of you, this will involve traveling long distances to gather for a large feast. I wish you safe travels, and more importantly, a successful execution of the meal for those who will cook. I recently watched [...]

By rosaguerrero • November 21, 2022

On Thursday, November 10, the department of medicine (DoM) resumed its tradition of hosting the department-wide Research Day, which was hosted at Covel Commons on the UCLA campus. Research Day was suspended for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few months ago, I had a series of conversations with [...]

By sjmartinez • November 14, 2022

Tomorrow is election day. This represents the opportunity within our democracy to have our voices heard on issues that impact our lives and values. Recognizing that we do not all agree, it is concerning that the political discourse has become increasingly polarized devolving into acts of hatred, intolerance and even [...]

By sjmartinez • November 7, 2022

The recruiting season for our next class of primary care and categorical residents started this week! If you see Dr. Skinner with tired eyes, it is because she has been carefully reviewing hundreds of applications from some of the most talented medical students in the country. I had the chance to meet [...]

By sjmartinez • October 31, 2022

Living in LA, reminds me that we are surrounded by talent and creativity and the recent awards season has reinforced that. The same is true for our Department of Medicine (DoM). Last weekend at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) meeting, faculty in the DoM took center stage. Please join me in celebrating [...]

By sjmartinez • October 24, 2022

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our oncology services are at the forefront of providing state of the art care across the region. Corina Guzman, administrative supervisor at UCLA Health Cancer Care San Luis Obispo, recently fully restored a 1967 VW Beetle and had it painted blazing hot pink. This classic car [...]

By sjmartinez • October 17, 2022

This week, I reflect on the some of our department’s activities that illustrate achievement across the entire academic spectrum. I start with a medical student. It goes without saying that department of medicine (DoM) faculty play an outsized role in training the next generation of physicians, ensuring that they develop core skills [...]

By sjmartinez • October 10, 2022

Each week I receive a report showing recent publications by faculty and trainees in the department of medicine (DoM). The scholarly output of the DoM is impressive, and I am limited in what I can comment on here but encourage you to see the complete list that is updated weekly. Trainees and junior [...]

By sjmartinez • October 3, 2022