Family Medicine Clinic

The program's Family Health Center (FHC) is located in Harbor City, a community of the City of Los Angeles just 2.5 miles from the Medical Center. The FHC has 26 computer-equipped exam rooms located on the 2nd floor of a busy medical office building. Department administrative offices are located downstairs on the 1st floor adjacent to a large conference/meeting room. The second floor clinic has 2 waiting rooms and an onsite pharmacy where uninsured patients receive medications. Residents benefit from a large teaching/precepting area as well as an office bay where they share space with the fellows and chiefs. Residents have access to computers throughout the clinic that are used to obtain hospital lab, x-ray, and radiology information.

The clinic logs 27,000-28,000 patient visits annually. Clinic patients are diverse by gender, age, culture, religion and language. The majority (55%) are Latino and include immigrants from Mexico, Central, and South America, as well as 2nd and 3rd generation Latinos well established in the southwest area of Los Angeles. Twenty percent are African American, ten to fifteen percent are Asian and Pacific Islanders. All of our patients are medically indigent, either uninsured or covered by Medi-Cal, the state's welfare insurance. A small percentage has Medicare.

Clinic hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with weekly Saturday clinics open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Interns spend 1/2 per week in clinic, 2nd years spend 3 half-day sessions, and 3rd year residents are in clinic 4 half-day sessions per week. The clinic is also shared by transitional residents who may choose ambulatory family medicine as an elective. The clinic medical director is John Cheng, M.D..; he is assisted by Theresa Nevarez, M.D.,M.B.A. Both Dr. Cheng and Dr. Nevarez are graduates of the Harbor-UCLA Residency Program and completed a 4th year fellowship before joining the faculty.

Wilmington Family Health Center

The Wilmington Family Health Center is located in Wilmington, a community of the City of Los Angeles. It serves the surrounding area including Lomita, Carson, and San Pedro. The clinic is a short 5-10 minute ride from the Family Health Center in Harbor-City. The clinic site is strategically located to treat one of the most medically underserved population in Los Angeles. Our patient base is composed mainly of a low income, immigrant Latino population.

Since 1995, an increased emphasis on community-based health care delivery has led to a major remodeling and restructuring of the clinic. Today, WFHC measures 9,108 sq. feet and includes thirteen fully-equipped examination rooms, and two nursing stations. It also has an on-site pharmacy, a laboratory, an x-ray facility, and an Urgent Care area. The clinic is a model facility which brings comprehensive integrated health care to a medically underserved community. The social setting in which this clinic was founded, further enhances the residency training program as residents obtain experience in caring for a very young minority population with large numbers of pediatric patients, obstetrical patients, and young adults. Wilmington Family Health Center is fully integrated into the Department of Family Medicine. During their 2nd and 3rd year of training, family medicine residents may elect to use the WFHC as as site for one of their continuity clinics. Wilmington physicians are invited to participate in all meetings, hold places on department committees, and attend conferences. The Wilmington FHC is also represented at the monthly Department Meeting.

The clinic is staffed by director Dr. Jesus Gutierrez, five permanent attending physicians, a certified family nurse practitioner, a nursing staff of nine, a phlebotomist, an x-ray technologist, a pharmacy team of three, and a large business office staff. Residents and attending physicians from our main Family Health Center also rotate through the clinic providing care to patients or teaching.

The WFHC shares the department‚s mission to train physicians to practice in underserved communities, providing care to uninsured, 'at-risk' individuals and families. The fact the this clinic is located in such a community provides family medicine residents with a real-time, hands-on experience in caring for this population. It also demonstrates that these physicians CAN make a difference in the lives of disenfranchised families.

To foster continuity of care, family medicine residents are made full members of one of four provider teams, each headed by an on-site physician attending. Both Wilmington and FHC physicians provide onsite supervision of residents delivering care at the WFHC. Every effort is made to insure that patients are seen by the same physician or members of their team.

Gardena High School Health Clinic

Our program has established a clinic at Gardena High School providing on-site care for high-risk, inner-city youth. Comprehensive health services include preventive, chronic and acute care, family planning, prenatal, and obstetric care. With the February 2003 opening of a childcare center on campus, we hope to integrate pediatrics care into our practice. We also provide individual and family counseling services.

Harbor UCLA Medical Center

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 grant funds.

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.

1403 W. Lomita Blvd Suite 102
Harbor City, CA 90710
Tel: (310) 534-6221
Fax: (310) 326-7205