The UCLA-Valley Emergency Physicians Administrative Fellowship Program, established in 2017, is a one-year post-graduate, non-ACGME accredited training program. Our community partner for the fellowship is VEP Healthcare, managing ED and Hospitalist groups for over 30 years. The fellowship aims to train highly qualified emergency physicians to become effective managers and leaders within clinical medicine. The program combines the benefits of working in and participating in the management of an internationally renowned, academic university hospital with a high acuity, high volume community emergency department. Entry to the fellowship program is available only to physicians who have completed an Emergency Medicine Residency.



Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) ) is located at the southern end of the beautiful UCLA campus in Westwood. It is a state-of-the-art 520 bed academic medical center that offers a full range of medical and surgical services from primary to sub-specialty care. The one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and the Mattel Children's Hospital. UCLA is consistently rated in the top 10 medical centers in the country by US News and World Report. The 41-bed Emergency Department treats 52,000 patients per year and serves as a Level 1 Trauma center, as well as Comprehensive Stroke, STEMI, and Pediatric Critical Care center.




Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center

Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center (SMMC) is a 265-bed full service community hospital. Located in beautiful Santa Monica, it serves as a center of excellence for orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, STEMI, and recently became a stroke center. The hospital became part of UCLA Health in 1995.

The ED is a busy, efficient community practice, serving 50,000 patients per year in a modern 22-bed facility.



White Memorial Hospital

White Memorial (WMH)is a 353 bed not-for-profit acute care hospital serving downtown Los Angeles. WMH is owned and operated by Adventist Health, and is a teaching hospital.

The ED is a STEMI, primary stroke, and pediatric receiving facility with over 40,000 patients per year. WMH has developed a front-end process to improve throughput in the ED.




Educational Objectives

  • The administrative fellowship is designed to provide fellows with a foundation for developing into ED medical directors in any practice setting by providing training at two different clinical sites.
  • At the same time, the fellowship also provides for some flexibility for fellows to tailor their education to specific interests.


  • The UCLA-VEP Administrative Fellowship provides fellows with the experience of managing an ED both at a world-class academic institution and at an urban, community ED. The fellow will be exposed to management issues in the university setting as well as the private, multi-hospital physician group setting.
  • Fellows will get exposure to all aspects of ED management, including human resources, daily operations, data analytics, medical malpractice, contracting, hospital-wide interactions, and quality improvement. Mentors at each site will additionally help fellows understand and navigate effective administrative techniques.

Professional Development

  • Fellows will have the opportunity to earn certification through UCLA in QI & Lean process improvements.
  • Fellows may participate in the ACEP ED Director's Academy, at the discretion of the fellowship directors.
  • Fellows may participate in VEP partners meetings and didactic training.


  • Each fellow will choose at least one administrative project to complete during the year, with the guidance of the fellowship faculty.


  • Fellows work 8 clinical shifts per month.
  • Fellows will work in a teaching setting at RRMC, supervising residents and medical students, and in a clinical setting, at SMMC or WMH.

Program Faculty

  • Wally Ghurabi, DO: Fellowship Program Director; VEP Board of Directors; SMMC Medical Director, UCLA Vice Chair
  • Lynne McCullough, MD: Fellowship Assistant Program Director; RRMC Medical Director; Clinical Informatics
  • Stephen Liu, MD: Medical Director, White Memorial Hospital
  • Gregory Hendey, MD: Chair of UCLA Emergency Medicine
  • Medell Briggs-Malonson, MD, MPH, MSHS: Director of Quality Improvement, UCLA Emergency Medicine

Stipends & Benefits

  • Full time UCLA employee with health and retirement benefits
  • Annual salary of $100,000
  • $2,000 computer allowance
  • $2,000 CME allowance
  • Four weeks of vacation


Interested applicants should send Curriculum Vitae to:

Lynne McCullough, MD
Fellowship Assistant Program Director

Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants by invitation.

Applicant Requirements

  • Graduation from a 4-year ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency training program.
  • Eligible to obtain a California Medical License.
  • References available upon request

Current Fellows

Bianca Judy Choe, DO 2019-2021

Fellowship Alumni

Catherine Weaver, MD 2017-2018