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Frequently asked questions about the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center:

What is the relationship between Harbor-UCLA and UCLA?

Is the Pediatric Residency Program part of UCLA?

What type of training does Harbor-UCLA provide?

How many residents are accepted into the Pediatric Residency Program at Harbor-UCLA?

Does Harbor-UCLA partner with any other pediatric residency programs for subspecialty rotations?

What do residents typically do after graduation?

How many graduates from the Pediactric Residency Program at Harbor-UCLA go on to fellowship programs?

What distinguishes Harbor-UCLA's Pediatric Department?

What is the call schedule? How much night call is expected?

What are some of the benefits of being a resident at Harbor-UCLA?

Is there a hospitalist system?

What is the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, and what is its relationship to Harbor-UCLA?

How can I contact you for more information?



What is the relationship between Harbor-UCLA and UCLA?

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is affiliated with UCLA but operates independent of the university. The County of Los Angeles owns and operates Harbor-UCLA. Faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics hold appointments at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and UCLA medical students rotate through Harbor-UCLA for several clinical clerkships (including many in general and subspecialty pediatrics).


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Is the Pediatric Residency Program part of UCLA?

No. The Pediatric Residency Program at Harbor-UCLA is separate from the program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Most of the fellowship programs are also separate from UCLA.


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What type of training does Harbor-UCLA provide?

Harbor-UCLA provides residency training in pediatrics, emergency medicine, medicine, surgery, psychiatry, radiology, pathology, and fellowships in various subspecialties. Visit http://www.harbor-ucla.org for more information on graduate medical education at Harbor-UCLA.

The Department of Pediatrics provides residency training in pediatrics and offers the following fellowships:

— Child Abuse
— Medical Genetics
— Neonatology
— Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
— Pediatric Emergency Medicine
— Pediatric Endocrinology
— Pediatric Hospital Medicine
— Pediatric Infectious Diseases
— Pediatric Neurology

For more information on fellowships, click here.


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How many residents are accepted into the Pediatric Residency Program at Harbor-UCLA?

The Pediatric Residency Program has 10 PL-1 positions available each academic year for a total complement of 30 residents.


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Does Harbor-UCLA partner with any other pediatric residency programs for subspecialty rotations?

Residents from Harbor-UCLA are able to augment their subspecialty training experience by participating in certain elective rotations at the University of Southern California (USC), Long Beach Memorial, Children's Hospital Orange County (CHOC), Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA.


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What do residents typically do after graduation?

Residents elect to pursue careers in general pediatric practice, pediatric subspecialty practice, academic medicine, or public health.

Many graduates of the residency program at Harbor-UCLA have gone on to continue their training at prestigious Fellowship programs, whether at Harbor-UCLA or at other well known Hospitals and Universities. Other graduates pursue careers in research as investigators or career tracks in private practice.


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How many graduates from the Pediatric Residency Program at Harbor-UCLA go on to fellowship programs?

This number varies from year to year. On average, out of Harbor-UCLA's recent graduates 60% choose general pediatrics and 40% choose pediatric subspecialties. For example, 80% of the the graduating class of 2010 were accepted into subspecialty fellowship programs while in 2009 50% of the graduating class pursued subspecialties and 50% pursued general pediatric practice opportunities.


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What distinguishes Harbor-UCLA's Pediatric Department?

The Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA has many impressive achievements, a few are listed below:

— The development of Aldurazyme, the enzyme replacement therapy for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I, a genetic disease
— The formulation of surfactant treatment for premature infants
— The advent of the screening test for Tay-Sachs disease
— The creation of resuscitation guidelines for newborns
— Key advancements in pediatric cardiology


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What is the call schedule? How much night call is expected?

Interns have a mix of night shift blocks (for Inpatient Ward) and a shift system consisting of long or short days and night shifts (in NICU/Nursery) or rotating shifts (Peds ED).

Senior residents take call, the frequency of which varies:
— Night shift system for Ward & PICU
— Call frequency varies by rotation – no more frequent than q4 and as spread out as q14 days
— One call free month each year


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What are some of the benefits of being a resident at Harbor-UCLA?

— All meals provided
— County benefits: sick pay, 401K, Health Insurance
— Four weeks of vacation each year
— Annual Resident Retreat
— Department sponsored access to PREP and other AAP educational services
— Stipend at the completion of intern year to pay for medical license fees
— Additional educational stipend for conferences and educational resources
— Access to UCLA graduate housing


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Is there a hospitalist system?

Yes. Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics has an inpatient pediatric hospital medicine service and fellowship program. Pediatric hospitalists cover general pediatric ward admissions and procedural sedations from 7am through 2pm, Monday through Friday. This creates protected time for attending rounds and morning/noon educational conferences.


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What is the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, and what is its relationship to Harbor-UCLA?

The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) is the research organization at Harbor-UCLA and is located on the medical center campus. Many Department of Pediatrics faculty members are LA BioMed researchers. LA BioMed is a premier independent research institution. With an annual budget of $70 million, LA BioMed provides the physical and organizational infrastructure for the extensive basic science, translational and clinical research programs conducted by Harbor-UCLA faculty.


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For more information contact:

Pediatric Residency Program:

Patty Peña
Academic Program Coordinator
Department of Pediatrics
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
(310) 222-2343
apena@labiomed.org

General Inquiries:

Veronica Herbert
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
(310) 222-2301
vherbert@dhs.lacounty.gov

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