This was the first University of California Medical
School in Southern California, enrolling its charter
class in 1951. The school is located on the UCLAcampus and is closely connected with the University
Medical Center. Both the School of Medicine and Medical Center have expanded along with the growth of Los
Angeles into a major metropolitan urban center.
4-year semitraditional. Stress is on the holistic approach
in medicine. First year: Introductory basic sciences and
patient contact and experience in history and physical
examination as well as an elective program and a preceptorship program. Second year: Study of the process
of disease through advanced basic science courses using
an organ-system approach; diagnosis and treatment
through courses in clinical surgery, clinical neurology,
outpatient psychiatry, radiology, and obstetrics. Third
year: Clerkships in clinical sciences and work in wards
and outpatient clinics. Fourth year: Consists of electives – advanced elective clinical clerkships with
primary patient responsibility, and in-depth elective
courses that can be centered on major area of clinical
interest or a combination of related or diverse disciplines.
Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitment program and offers a 4-week summer prologue to
medicine program for accepted students. Other degree
programs: Combined MD-PhD degree programs are
offered in a variety of disciplines including medical
physics, biomathematics, engineering, and experimental pathology. An MD-MPH program is also offered.
Prerequisites are the basic premedical science courses
(if possible, including quantitative analysis as part of
inorganic chemistry), 1 year of mathematics (including
introductory calculus and statistics), and 1 year of English (including composition). Spanish, humanities, and
computer skills are highly recommended. Completing
courses overlapping those in medical school, such as
human anatomy, is not advisable. Taking the spring
MCAT is recommended. Applicants are favored who
have a broad training and high achievement in their college education. Applicants are initially screened on the
basis of their personal essay, letters of recommendation, their GPA, and MCAT scores. Selected applicants
will be scheduled to have a personal interview by members of the faculty. About 25 of the students admitted
each year are accepted into the Drew/UCLAJoint Medical Program, designed for students with an interest in
caring for underserved populations. Transfer and
advanced standing: From U.S. medical schools only,
into the third-year class.
Letter grading in basic sciences, clinical sciences, and
electives.Promotioniscontingentuponsatisfactorycompletion of required work each year. Completion of Steps
1 and 2 of the USMLE is required.
Teaching: The School of Medicine is located in the Center for Health Sciences, which is the largest building in
California. The University Hospital (517 beds) is the
major clinical training center. Many other hospitals,
including Harbor General (800 beds), are affiliated with
the medical school. Other: The Brain Research Institute
is a 10-story wing, connected to the Neuropsychiatric
Institute and also houses the Los Angeles County
Cardiovascular Research Laboratory. The Reed Neurological Research Center is an 8-story unit devoted to
clinical research in neuromuscular disease. Library:The
Biomedical Library is an 8-level facility in the northeast
corner of the campus. Housing: Living accommodations
are available in the university’s residence halls or married students’ housing.
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