The Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA takes great pride in a long history of superior clinical training in a supportive, collegial environment that emphasizes education. Houseofficers are given progressive responsibility for direct patient care throughout their three years of training and work in close contact with fellows and faculty. The Medical Center provides services for a broad patient base composed of the medically underserved, including the working poor, trauma victims, and those who require specific subspecialty or critical care expertise. Although located near the beaches of the South Bay, pediatric patients are actually referred to the program from all parts of Los Angeles County, a true center of ethnic diversity with immigrants from nearly every point on the globe. Due to the unique diversity of the patient population, residents are exposed to an exciting array of clinical problems that run the gamut from common general and subspecialty problems to rare disorders and uncommon infectious diseases.
The goal of the program is to offer a balance of scientifically based medical education and practical clinical experience in order to prepare graduates for all possible career options. Residents may elect to pursue careers in general pediatric practice, pediatric subspecialty practice, academic medicine, and public health. Patient care is provided in a variety of settings that include general and subspecialty outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, newborn nursery, and the pediatric emergency department. In addition, residents are welcomed as health educators and advocates at local schools and other facilities as part of their advocacy experiences.