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Once a Bruin, always a Bruin
We are excited to welcome you to the DGSOM Family. Our community is made up of amazing, strong, and talented leaders who care deeply and work to impact our world for good.
Joseph Tran, Class of 2023 (pictured left)
“We’re running a 5K, sponsored by DGSOM and the societies. I’m in Levamentum. Each society nominated a charity, so whichever society wins, the money raised will go towards the charity of their choice. This is a great way to get some unified school spirit and get all the societies involved. It’s a great reminder that we’re still an active part of the community.”
Mithi Del Rosario, MD, Class of 2020
“I think being humanistic means never forgetting that the person you’re treating is a person. We can get wrapped up in focusing on the disease process or medications, but my role models, who really embody humanistic care, really go out of their way to make a connection with their patients and get to know them.”
Daniel Carrera, Class of 2023
“Meeting people and having supportive contacts has been very important to the development of my career,” recalls Daniel Carrera, a first-generation physician and first-year medical student in the UCLA Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program. “Knowing there is a support group here, First Gen @ UCLA, was really enticing. It’s great to meet people and interact with them so we can start building a network that allows us all to succeed as first-year medical students.”
Charnise Taylor, Class of 2022
“I feel very fortunate that we have this space and this sense of community with each other (…) I think it’s good to have an event every year where we can come together in fellowship to network. I feel like we have a lot of support from the Office of Equity and Diversity Inclusion at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. We’re able to do amazing things.”
Savannah Starr, Class of 2023
“I have a white coat, and it had my name and DGSOM on it. We’re finally, actually starting medical school after a long journey of getting here. It feels surreal. There were notes in our coats from previous alumni. Mine said ‘Be selfless. Keep your patients first. They are the reason you’re here. Congrats.’ It was so cute.”
Ethan Osias, Class of 2022
“It’s nice to see people come out and support the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. It’s good to see that people care about these topics and support the minority groups on campus. It’s important everywhere, but especially in medicine. It’s good to see steps being taken in the right direction as far as getting more underrepresented minorities into medicine.”
A Day in the Life
Get a quick look into the nuances of specialties, and other topics tailored for you.
Modern Hippocratic Oath holds underlying values of medicine in a digital world.
Students graduating medical school often recite an oath as they cross the symbolic threshold between student and physician. Many of these students, including students at the David Geffen School of Medicine, forgo modern alternative oaths in favor of altered versions of the Hippocratic Oath, many of which barely resemble the ancient text that invokes gods…
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Trauma surgeons vs. ER physicians: What’s the difference?
Observe an emergency room (ER) in action and you might at first think you’re watching an exercise in chaos. Watch longer and you’ll notice carefully controlled patterns, a life-saving dance that relies on cooperation and collaboration between different healthcare professionals. Trauma surgeons and emergency room physicians (also known as emergency medical specialists) both play major…
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Obstetricians and gynecologists: What’s the difference?
A women’s health practice often has obstetricians, gynecologists, and OB/GYNs on their roster of physicians. These three different titles may be confusing for medical students considering careers in women’s health. These titles exist because OB/GYN combines two distinct fields, obstetrics and gynecology, which may be practiced separately or in tandem. Here is a brief overview…
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A Quick Look at Pediatric Subspecialties.
Pediatricians do more than provide infants, children, and teens comprehensive medical care; these specialized physicians give young patients the foundation they need to maintain lifelong health. Many practically become part of their patients’ families. Medical students passionate about taking on the challenges and rewards young patients present will find a variety of pediatric careers to…
DO vs. MD: What’s the difference?
Meet doctor A and doctor B. Doctor A has an MD (Doctor of Medicine) degree. Doctor B has a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) degree. They work together at the same general practice. They each spend their days talking to patients, uncovering issues and providing recommendations and treatment plans. They’re both licensed physicians. In fact,…