Global Health

Dr. Brandon Endo (Class of 2018) as a medical volunteer in Haiti
Dr. Matthew Waxman lecturing about fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone.
Drs. Carmen Wolfe and Joe Chan (Class of 2014) exploring Mexico during a hyperbarics elective.
Dr. Joanne Feldman as a medical director for an expedition to the North Pole.
Dr. Caleb Canders (Chief Resident, Class of 2016, US Fellow 2017) lecturing on ultrasound at the 2016 CBMEDE Conference, hosted by Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Dr. Parveen Parmar (EM Class of 2008) working in Myanmar with Community Partners International.
Dr. Matt Waxman, faculty at Olive View-UCLA, taking care of patients in Myanmar as part of a team with CPI.
Dr. Breena Taira leading Olive-View UCLA faculty members Dr. Luis Lovato, Dr. Amir Rouhani, Dr. Carmen Partida, and Aristides Orue, our lead NP, along with then Chief Resident Dr. Caleb Canders (Class of 2016, US Fellow 2017) on an education expedition for Project SEMILLA.
Dr. Breena Taira leading the international team of Project SEMILLA promoting emergency medicine education in Latin America.

Since the early days of the residency, the UCLA-Ronald Reagan/Olive View Emergency Medicine Residency Program has responded to the need for the development of high-quality Emergency Medicine capabilities abroad. Some examples of our work include:

Dr. Breena Taira, Research Director and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Olive View-UCLA, is the current ACEP Ambassador to Nicaragua and also serves as the US Executive Director for Project SEMILLA, a non-profit international partnership with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN) School of Medicine that works on improving emergency healthcare capacity in Latin America through education, system organization, and improved access to technologies. Recently, former Chief Resident and Ultrasound Fellow, Dr. Caleb Canders returned from Nicaragua with several Olive View-UCLA faculty as a part of this effort. Dr. Taira also chairs the International and Domestic Health Equity and Leadership (IDHEAL) Section of the UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine.

In 1984, Dr. Robert Simon, then a UCLA Emergency Medicine faculty member, along with the support of fellow volunteer physicians and nurses, started the International Medical Corps. This has since become a large global non-governmental organization supporting health relief efforts in over 30 countries.

Dr. Tom Lee, a long-time faculty member at Ronald Reagan UCLA and Antelope Valley Hospital, founded Community Partners International, which has been working in Myanmar for over seventeen years, serving the health and development needs of those in low resource settings

Dr. Alan Chiem, our Ultrasound Director and Professor of Emergency Medicine, maintains a partnership to promote ultrasound education in Chile.

Dr. Joanne Feldman, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCLA, regularly travels to Antarctica as a physician for the research base also serves as a medical director on ecotourism expeditions across the globe.

UCLA maintains a strong relationship with the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China where Dr. David Schriger, Emergency Medicine Professor in Residence, and Dr. Scott Votey, Professor of Emergency Medicine, recently returned from.

Dr. Matt Waxman, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Olive View-UCLA, recently returned from fighting the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Many of our graduates continue to do international work and become leaders in this field. This, in part, stems from flexible elective time allowing residents interested in global health to work in locations around the world. Recently, our residents have done electives in Haiti, South Africa, Nepal, China and Uganda. In addition, the UCLA Center for International Medicine has an established resident exchange program with Bali’s International Medical Centre Hospital for a funded Emergency Medicine experience. All faculty members welcome interested residents, and UCLA remains one of the few programs in the country that will pay your resident salary for an international emergency medicine experience!