Message from the Chair

Earlier this week I learned via a news release from CNN that the Los Angeles Unified School District will ensure that all schools in the district will be equipped with naloxone, also known as Narcan, which temporarily reverses adverse consequences of opioid overdose. This measure was instated following the recent death of [...]

By sjmartinez • September 26, 2022

This week I will highlight a few clinical programs and initiatives that illustrate the breadth of our faculty’s commitment to provide high-quality patient care and investigate approaches that address diverse health needs across a range of specializations. Most importantly, a common thread throughout these projects is that our expertise promotes [...]

By community • September 19, 2022

On August 31, we held our first research town hall. There was a robust discussion regarding many of the challenges and institutional barriers that our investigators face as they seek to advance their research agendas and for our junior faculty to launch their research careers. The feedback received following this [...]

By sjmartinez • September 12, 2022

Last week I talked about our upcoming resident and fellowship recruitment season and highlighted the innovations of some of our faculty who create a learning environment that develops tomorrow’s leaders in medicine. This week, let me share some results. I was pleased to learn that two of our internal medicine residents [...]

By sjmartinez • September 6, 2022

Resident and fellowship recruitment season is fast approaching. As I reviewed the diversity and accomplishment of the most recent incoming resident class, I applaud the holistic selection process that our department takes to ensure that we recruit not only the best and the brightest to UCLA, but one of the most [...]

By sjmartinez • August 29, 2022

With greater than 1,000 faculty, nearly 500 trainees (residents, fellows, post-docs), and more than 2800 staff members, the success of the department of medicine (DoM) is intricately linked to investing in our members and in building and maintaining highly functional teams. I learned early on in my tenure that as [...]

By sjmartinez • August 22, 2022

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