Jodi Friedman, M.D.
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Clinical Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Dear Residency Candidate,
Welcome to the UCLA Internal Medicine Training Program. On behalf of the Department of Medicine, I invite you to get to know our wonderful program. This is an exciting time to embark on a career in internal medicine and an important juncture in your professional training as you decide on a residency program.
The UCLA Internal Medicine Training Program is designed to provide rigorous broad-based clinical training with an emphasis on academic medicine. An outstanding foundation in state of the art patient care will serve you well in any career you choose. We believe that the building blocks of an ideal program include exposure to a diverse patient population across a range of healthcare systems, providing an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity, collegiality and personal responsibility, and an accessible and committed faculty who are leaders in their fields. Our graduates complete our program with the tools to effectively communicate with patients, diagnose and treat diseases rare and commonplace, and navigate complex health systems. I am proud of both the community we cultivate and the wonderful physicians who come out of our program.
Our curriculum offers carefully balanced exposure to ambulatory and inpatient medicine. We have a long history of focusing a substantial amount of subspecialty training in the ambulatory setting. This not only optimizes breadth of training, but also equips our residents with the mentorship they need to plan fruitful and satisfying careers. We are committed to training truly outstanding clinicians, who practice in a range of settings: primary care, academic research, clinical subspecialty, academic general medicine, health consulting, public policy…the possibilities are endless.
Our program also benefits from our varied training sites. The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has been named "Best Hospital in the West" for the 27th consecutive year by the U.S. News & World Report survey and in 2016 was rated the fifth best hospital in the United States. The academic rigor and diversity and complexity of disease encountered at RRMC is complemented by the community feel of UCLA Santa Monica Hospital, the outstanding chronic disease management and first presentation of disease encountered at the VA Greater Los Angeles Hospital and clinics, and the opportunity to care for underserved populations at Olive View Medical Center.
As part of our mission to train and inspire the next generation of investigators, we offer significant support for our residents’ research aspirations. The department of medicine is consistently ranked amongst the top in the country in NIH research funding and our faculty are committed to mentoring and supporting our trainees.
We are equally committed to training the next generation of primary care physicians, and in addition to providing all of our residents with robust experiences in ambulatory training, we also offer a very popular primary care track.
Finally, we love our home here in Los Angeles. The population is culturally diverse with a mix of peoples and languages from all over the world. Our housestaff benefit professionally and personally from the rich opportunities that this vibrant city offers. The region is also geographically varied, where one can surf, ski, and hike through the desert all in the same day. Best of all, the Los Angeles area averages 329 days of sunshine each year!
This is an exciting time in medicine, and I thank you for your interest in our program.
Jodi Friedman, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
UCLA Internal Medicine Training Program