International and Domestic Health Equity and Leadership (IDHEAL) UCLA Emergency Medicine


Rose Diaz, MD
IDHEAL Fellow, Second Year

Jesus R. Torres, MD, MPH
IDHEAL Fellow, Second Year

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Objectives and Description of the Fellowship
The objective of this fellowship is to produce leaders in academic emergency medicine who have the appropriate academic, research, public health and advocacy tools to successfully embark on a career devoted to the reduction of health disparities. This includes an understanding of how social forces impact health on the local, national, and international level. The fellowship is two years and combines the academic strengths and opportunities of the UCLA Westwood campus with clinical opportunities to work with underserved populations at both Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, public hospitals under the umbrella of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. UCLA has a vast number of resources available to support fellows in obtaining relevant skills in public health, health services research, and global health. Fellows are welcome to participate in the faculty’s ongoing projects as a mechanism of learning these skills and perspectives, but we also welcome fellowship candidates who have their own projects in initial stages that need mentorship in order to grow.
Requirements for eligibility
Completion of an ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency Program and be board certified/board eligible in Emergency Medicine. Candidates must have either completed a four-year residency or, if from a three-year residency must also have more than 1 year of post residency clinical experience. Applicants must be licensed to practice medicine in the state of California before the start date of the fellowship. Preference will be given to those applicants with a track record of dedication to academic pursuits related to the promotion of health equity and population health, whether domestic or international.
The Curriculum aims to develop skill sets required to succeed at health equity and population health related projects. This includes two categories of skills- those necessary to understand questions of health equity, the background of the social forces that impact health, and general academic skills that are necessary to compete for funding, evaluate interventions, and present results. Depending on the fellow’s interest, an individual academic plan will be developed between the fellow and mentor that suits the goals of the fellow. Fellows will complete a two year masters program. Options include the MPH or the MSHPM. This will be continually revised during mentor meetings (which occur every two weeks) to assure that objectives are achieved by the end of the fellowship. The core of each fellow’s curriculum will focus on the following eight elements:
  1. Academic Writing/Grant Writing
  2. Public Speaking
  3. Project Design
  4. Research Methodology
  5. Advocacy
  6. Foundations in Social Determinants
  7. Leadership
  8. Health Policy
Clinical responsibilities
The combination of clinical sites provides an ideal setting for fellows interested in health equity and emergency medicine. The UCLA Westwood campus, home to Ronald Reagan Medical Center, has ample academic and research resources available. Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center are public institutions that care primarily for the underserved. All institutions are teaching facilities with Emergency Medicine residents and medical students. Fellows will supervise these groups of trainees on most clinical shifts.
We offer competitive compensation, including salary, benefits, a Master's degree, a UCLA appointment, CME account and access to all university academic resources.
Academic responsibilities
At a minimum, fellows must:
- Develop one grand rounds lecture on their topic of focus.
- Complete one piece of publication-quality academic writing.
- Develop either an original idea into a feasible project or a sub-section of an ongoing project, and see the project to fruition. This includes determining the methodology and appropriate outcome measurement, writing the IRB application, initiating the data collection, analyzing the data, and writing the results for publication.
- Participate in regular section meetings and journal clubs.
- Contribute to the mentorship team for medical students and residents interested in health equity.
Evaluation process
Fellows will have an assigned mentor from within the section, based on area of interest. Meetings with the mentor will take place every two weeks to be certain the fellow is on track to meet their goals. In addition, each fellow will have an advisory committee comprised of two other members of the section and one additional faculty member of the fellow’s choice. This committee will meet at 6 month intervals taking into consideration project progress, writing samples, public speaking, and resident teaching evaluations and clinical evaluations to present the fellow with written feedback with regard to their progress toward preparation as academic faculty.
Application process
Application Deadline: October 15th

Please send a letter of interest describing your goals for the fellowship, your current CV, and three letters of recommendation including one from your residency program director and one from your current department chair to:

Breena Taira, MD, MPH
Section Chair, Emergency Medicine Section of IDHEAL
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Dept. of Emergency Medicine, North Annex
14445 Olive View Drive
Sylmar, CA 91342
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