Community Health & Accompaniment Longitudinal Curriculum
Residents have a longitudinal Community Medicine curriculum designed to facilitate the development of knowledge, attitude, skills and behavior to place their patients’ needs in the context of their community, in order to become more effective, socially conscious family physicians. Using a Community Oriented Primary Care Model, residents conduct and learn about community health analysis and intervention, cultural sensitivity, epidemiology, clinical and social research,community advocacy, and social change over a three-year didactic and experiential longitudinal curriculum.
Established in 1992, a monthly medical clinic is held at a local church soup kitchen. We see patients from diverse backgrounds. From those experiencing homelessness to those recently immigrated to regular attendees, the clinic is open to all. Our objective at this site is to provide acute care services including medications and immunizations with the eventual goal of getting patients connected to greater resources within the county health system. Referrals are made to our own clinic and occasionally patients need to be sent to the Harbor-UCLA ER. The free clinic is staffed by several attending physicians, most of whom are Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine graduates, and continues to be coordinated by 2nd and 3rd year residents and helpful pre-medical volunteers.