PCFA members work with UCLA medical students in a variety of ways including:
1. Classroom teaching
3. Providing psychiatric treatment through Paula W. Stoessel, Ph.D., Director, UCLA Mental Health Services
for Physicians-in-Training at 310-206-8976.
Update on Medical Student Education
by Margaret L. Stuber, M.D.
There have been a lot of exciting changes in education over the past year at David Geffen School of Medicine. First, there were changes in the Dean’s office. In November, 2013, Clarence Braddock, MD, MPH, came from Stanford to join us as Vice Dean for Education. Since then we have had a new interim Associate Dean for Admissions appointed, and searches started for a new Associate Dean of Student Affairs, and for an Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education. Neil Parker, MD, the person who previously held all three of those positions (Admissions, Students Affairs, and GME) is taking a well-deserved sabbatical.
Other changes were in the structure of the curriculum. The class of 2018 will have a shorter pre-clerkship phase of school, so as to provide six more weeks of sub-internships before applying for residency. They will also be the first class at DGSOM for almost two decades to leave the strict pass/fail system of evaluation. Both of these changes came at the request of students who felt that they would offer students a better competitive position for residencies.
These students are responding to a national situation which is worrisome. In response to the doctor shortage in the United States, medical schools started increasing their class size five years ago. However, there was no corresponding increase in number of residency positions. In addition, international medical graduates were added in to the Match, further increasing the number of students competing for the same number of residency slots. Although UCLA medical graduates continue to do very well, the competition is fierce, and the chance of going unmatched has increased.
This all means we definitely continue to need you to volunteer as Therapists for Medical Students! We also encourage you to consider acting as a Tutor in one of our Small Group Courses, or as an Advisor for one of our Well-being Groups. Feel free to email me for details if you are interested in any of these opportunities.