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Toward a Bright Tomorrow
Each new academic year begins with both
challenge and hope.
Photo: Stephanie Diani
including Clarence Braddock, MD, as vice dean for education,
There’s something special about the beginning of a new
academic year, a reminder of how critical education is to
reﬂect renewed energy and a spirit of new ideas as we steer
our ongoing success. The arrival of new house staff, medical
into the future.
students and graduate students inspires great conﬁdence
This new era is embodied in the Teaching and Learning
in our future. Today we have cause for supreme conﬁdence.
Center for the Health Sciences, a 110,000-square-foot state-
We continue to recruit stellar students, residents and fellows.
of-the-art education building for which we broke ground in
Interest among medical-school applicants continues to grow,
September 2013. As the construction takes recognizable shape,
with a 20-percent increase in applications. The David Geffen
exciting conversations have begun about the new programs
Medical Scholarships and Leaders-of-Tomorrow Scholarship
and teaching methods that this building will foster. Even as we
have ushered in a new era that enables many of our students
await the opening of this new facility, in Fall 2016, we continue
to pursue their passions unencumbered by medical-school
to advance the infrastructure for medical education, including
debt. Our Graduate Programs in Bioscience (GPB) consortium
the opening of our new Simulation Center and the migration to
recruited 65 outstanding students to make up the ﬁrst GPB class.
a leading-edge residency-management IT system.
Additionally, GPB piloted a summer program for undergraduate
Finally, in June 2014, we received our eight-year
research to promote the transition of underrepresented students
re-accreditation by the Liaison Committee for Medical
into UCLA bioscience graduate programs.
Education. This critical certiﬁcation validates the strength
In the area of graduate medical and continuing medical
education, UCLA Health launched this year the Healthcare
Improvement Institute, a program to engage our house staff
of our medical-education programs and the dedicated work
of our faculty, staff and education-leadership team.
As I reﬂect on the path forward for our academic enterprise,
and faculty in the cultural transformation of healthcare delivery
even as we acknowledge the many challenges ahead, I am
through quality-improvement education and project improvement.
conﬁdent and reassured by our fantastic students and
And our trainees continued to distinguish themselves
dynamic programs that our future indeed is quite bright.
as emerging leaders in health and science. MD and MD/
PhD students mentored by our faculty received a number of
prestigious awards, including predoctoral fellowships from the
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and several medical students
A. Eugene Washington, MD, MSc
have been nationally recognized for their leadership and service.
Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences
Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Gerald S. Levey, MD, Endowed Chair
Recent leadership of our educational enterprise catalyzed
broad, campus-wide discussions of the future of medical
and graduate education. New leadership recruitments,