Rotations

The goal of our four-year residency training program is to train the future outstanding leaders of emergency medicine.

We structure our program to provide residents an opportunity to learn the basics of emergency medicine, and then add additional layers of experience and clinical acumen as their training progresses. Starting from a broad-based curriculum during the intern year, our residents develop the skills and knowledge required to ultimately oversee the entire department as R4s.

Our four year curriculum affords time to learn, to teach, and to explore individual clinical, educational, or research interests. We offer a total of 20 weeks of elective time during the R2 through R4 years, allowing each resident to tailor their education to their personal career goals and explore areas of emergency medicine outside of the emergency room. Many of our residents pursue caeers in academic emergency medicine, securing full or part-time faculty positions and competitive fellowships straight out of residency. Many others pursue careers in the community, and our graduates are highly sought after throughout the country. Once there, they frequently rise to positions of leadership such as heading management groups, involvement in regional and national organizations, directors of EMS, medical directors, and much more.

R1 Rotations

Emergency Medicine physicians need to have a broad knowledge base that spans the entirety of medicine. Our intern year focuses on developing residents' clinical acumen. This begins with "Intern Bootcamp", a three-week program that orients new residents, reviews key topics and builds new knowledge and skills. Our interns spend 24 weeks of their first year in the emergency department where they are encouraged to "pick up" even the highest acuity patients right from the start. They rotate with various medical, surgical, and intensive care teams during the other weeks of the academic year. The structure of the intern year also allows residents to foster professional relationships and friendships with those physicians to whom they will ultimately be admitting patients to and consulting with while in the emergency departments.

  • Emergency Medicine at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (12 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (12 weeks)
  • CCU at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (2 weeks)
  • MICU at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (2 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (4 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (4 weeks)
  • Trauma Surgery at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (4 weeks)
  • Plastic Surgery at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (2 weeks)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (2 weeks)
  • Pediatric ICU at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (2 weeks)
  • Anesthesiology at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (2 weeks)
  • Vacation (4 weeks)
R2 Rotations

The R2 year is focused on the mastery of caring for critically ill patients, becoming more efficient in the emergency department, and sharpening procedural expertise. As R2s, 34 weeks are spent in the emergency department where residents begin caring for a larger portion of patients. They take the "head of the bed" during traumas, run their own medical resuscitations, and get priority in more advanced procedures such as tube thoracostomy, procedural sedation, and endotracheal intubation. R2s are the team leaders during their cardiac and medical ICU rotations; rotations that our residents consistently note as invaluable experiences. Finally, they spend time with the Labor and Delivery team, increase their ultrasound expertise, and get two weeks of elective time, which residents typically use to advance their skills in areas such as EKG interpretation and musculoskeletal radiography.

  • Emergency Medicine at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (15 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (15 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine at Antelope Valley Hospital (2 weeks)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (2 weeks)
  • CCU at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center (4 weeks)
  • Medicine ICU at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (4 weeks)
  • Obstetrics at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (2 weeks)
  • Ultrasound Rotation (2 weeks)
  • Elective Time (2 weeks)
  • Vacation (4 weeks)
R3 Rotations

The R3 year is when our residents truly become experts in our specialty. As seniors in the department, they see the majority of patients in the emergency department while guiding junior residents in the management of medically complex patients and performance of procedures. R3s oversee the entire department in addition to seeing their own patients. Nearly the entire year is spent in the emergency department between RRMC, OVMC, a month at Antelope Valley Hospital, and another month at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (or any other pediatric emergency department in the country). The Los Angeles area doesn't have a dedicated toxicology center. As such, R3s are given a travel stipend to complete a two-week toxicology rotation at any accredited Poison Control Center. Residents ave completed their rotations in San Francisco, San Diego, New York City, and even London. Finally, R3s are also given six weeks of elective time to explore areas such as EMS, Aeromedical Operations, High Altitude Medicine, Sports Medicine, and International Rotations.

  • Emergency Medicine at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (16 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (16 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine at Antelope Valley Hospital (4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (4 weeks)
  • Toxicology Rotation (2 weeks)
  • Elective Time (6 weeks)
  • Vacation (4 weeks)
R4 Rotations

The R4 year is a defining aspect of our curriculum, and in our opinion, vital to the mastery of this specialty. Within the department, our "super seniors" are responsible for caring for their own patients and overseeing the entire department while ensuring departmental flow and efficiency. They master their teaching skills as they assist and take presentations from medical students, interns, and off-service rotators. Twelve weeks of elective time are offered, many of which are spent in advanced topics related to future careers in academia, fellowships, and community practice. These weeks help our R4s further develop their own niche within emergency medicine.

  • Emergency Medicine at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center (15 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center (15 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine at Antelope Valley Hospital (4 weeks)
  • Administration Rotation (2 weeks)
  • Elective Time (12 weeks)
  • Vacation (4 weeks)