Located in the southern portion of the
most populous (almost 9 million residents) and ethnically diverse county in the country, Los Angeles County
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is the second largest of six public hospitals operated by LA County. Legally
mandated to provide care to all who seek it regardless of ability to pay, Harbor-UCLA ranks among the top
three of all disproportionate share hospitals in the state, a federal designation based upon percentage of
patients who are medically indigent. This is consistent with the fact that LA county leads the nation in
percentage of uninsured individuals. As the southern campus of the UCLA School of Medicine, education and
research are blended with the institutionís service mission. As a result of these resources and affiliations,
Harbor-UCLA is a unique 'academic' public hospital.
The medical center is situated in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County approximately 20 miles south of
the Westwood campus of UCLA and 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Beach, desert, and mountain communities
are in the nearby vicinity. Los Angeles boasts numerous ethnic enclaves with their own rich cultures. Although
we primarily seek individuals interested in both quality training and public service, we believe that Southern
Californiaís warm sunshine, relaxing breezes and nearby waves add a certain balance to the rigors of our program.
A 480 bed hospital with more than 400 residents and fellows, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center houses all the departments
and residency programs normally found in a modern public academic medical center. Moreover, the hospital
participates as an integrated training hospital with some programs based at the Center for Health Sciences on
the UCLA Westwood campus.
All 205 members of the Harbor full-time faculty have appointments within the appropriate department of the David
Geffen, School of Medicine at UCLA. To maintain these appointments, faculty must meet a high level of excellence.
As a result, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is able to attract faculty members who are national and world leaders in
their specialty. All residents in training programs at Harbor-UCLA are enrolled as graduate students of UCLA and
entitled to use recreational, cultural and library facilities at the main campus.
The medical center teaches approximately one-third of the UCLA class of medical students at any one time. Teaching
responsibilities are taken very seriously and residents at all levels are expected to interact with and contribute
to the education of medical students. The Family Medicine faculty is actively involved in teaching a required
clerkship for third year students, and a fourth year elective in our ambulatory clinic. Moreover, the department
is also the site of the LA Basin Border AHEC Program ó a project which involves students at all levels.
In 1963 the Harbor-UCLA research budget was approximately $50,000. Today, the LA Bio-Medical (LA-Bio Med) administers
research monies totaling in excess of $48 million dollars annually involving more than 400 research projects in
virtually every area. Family Medicine has entered this area with state and federal AHEC grants. Further, department
grants now fund our community-based Riley Teen Pregnancy program as well as an enhanced behavioral science curriculum,
and a faculty development fellowship. Since 1990 the department has successfully competed for more than $3 million in
The patient population, overwhelmingly low-income and uninsured, is composed of Hispanic, African American, Asian,
and Caucasian families. These patients are the 'working poor', they have jobs, but no health insurance. Patients who
do not qualify for state Medicaid funds or the CHIP program (Healthy Families) are financially screened and pay for
health care on a sliding scale. Many patients are treated at no charge.