Galya was born and raised in Israel. She spent her early childhood in Eilat, snorkeling in the Red Sea, and her formative years in Herzelia, sunbathing on sandy Mediterranean beaches (this perfection was disrupted by a 2 year unnecessary relocation to Johannesburg South Africa, which had nice Safaris and all, but no beaches, and a futile attempt to live in a Kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee). Like most Israeli girls, she was recruited to the military after high school, where she completed basic training followed by a 2-year service in a combat squadron of the Israeli Air Force. She followed this fun experience with a 6 month backpacking trip in Southeast Asia, and after meeting the love of her life in small Koh Pangan Island in Thailand, she thought she was finally ready to settle down. So...Galya attempted to realize the “Israeli dream” of raising a family and working in High Tech by enrolling in a Business and IT bachelor’s degree. But this alone was kind of dull, so during the days and nights, she also worked full time as a flight attendant in El Al. Those free flight tickets were so tempting that, soon enough, she and her husband found themselves on a year-long backpacking trip in South and Central America. And, according to legend, after traveling through half the world, they fell in love with small suburban Culver City, and finally settled down in a house with a fenced yard, and started a family. And yes, she went to UCLA Medical School, and yes, she fell in love with Psychiatry. Or else you wouldn't be reading this.
M.D.: University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
M.S., Biomedical Engineering: University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Business: The Inter-disciplinary Center, Herzelia, Israel
I am still in the process of learning about the different fields and practice settings in psychiatry. I have always had an interest in mood disorders, but have also enjoyed my experiences in geriatric psychiatry as well as in addiction psychiatry. I enjoy teaching, research, some administration, and like both inpatient and outpatient work. So who knows at this point; luckily there are so many good career options from which to choose.
Why UCLA Psychiatry ?
Given that my husband and I were both perfectly happy with our family's life in LA, including his job and my daughter's school, I was focused on the psychiatry programs in the LA area. Though I was very impressed with the other LA programs and would have been happy as a resident in any of them, I finally decided on UCLA because of the diverse inpatient and outpatient experiences it offered, the awesome residents and faculty I met here, and academic/research opportunities. The three-day retreat in Lake Arrowhead, happy hours in Westwood, and sunny lunches or lunch seminars were actually not things I considered at all...This is a great program!
- We take psychiatry call on the following rotations: Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Dual Diagnosis, Geriatric Psychiatry, Outpatient Medicine, Neurology, and Neurobehavior.
- Psychiatry call may be at either UCLA or the VA.
- We take medicine call with our internal medicine team when on Inpatient Medicine.
- We do Harbor Psychiatry call when on our Harbor Psych ER rotation.
- We do not take call when working in the Medical ER.
- The frequency of psychiatry call is approximately q. 5 call.
- Most calls are in the form of weekday “short calls”, which are from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- No work shifts are scheduled for more than 14 hours.
- We have a Night Float system at UCLA, which consists of 10 nights of overnight call over a 2 week period. We do night float twice during the year, and it is paired with out vacations, which are taken in 2 week blocks. When on Night Float, we work from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m.
- We do not take weekend day call. If on call over the weekend, it is always overnight.
- We always have an in-house senior to provide back-up.
- We have an average of 2 weekends completely free of call each month during rotations taking psychiatry call.
PGY1 Clinical Rotations
- The year consists of 13 blocks.
- 6 blocks are spent doing non-psychiatry rotations, which include the following: 1 block of inpatient medicine at the VA, 1 month of Emergency Medicine at the VA, 2 months of ambulatory medicine at the Sepulveda VA, 1 month of neurology at the VA, and 1 month of Neurobehavior at the VA.
- 6 blocks are spent doing psychiatry rotations, which include the following: 2 months of inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA, 1 month of Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the VA, 1 month of Emergency Psychiatry at Harbor, 1 month of Dual Diagnosis at the VA, and 2 blocks of 2 weeks of Night Float at UCLA, each of which is paired with 2 blocks of 2 weeks of vacation.
Mondays are busy on the Geri service, so I’m up at 6:00 and at work by 7:00 (after a 20 minute commute from Culver City and a stop in Starbucks). Happy to see my fantastic co-intern, and together we hustle through pre rounds, with the help of the medical student on our team. Rounds with nursing staff, social work, OT, and attending start at 8:30 and take much of the morning.
45 minutes of lunch outdoors (kind of feel guilty as people on the East Coast are still under the “Sandy” attack). Spend most of the afternoon seeing patients, meeting with families, making phone calls, and writing notes. Mondays start early and end late. Out at 7:15 p.m.
Pick up daughter from gymnastics, dinner with family at Pitfire Pizza.
At work by 7:45, rounds at 8:45 and shorter (just with attending and social worker), followed by didactics by attending.
Finishing notes, 2 probable cause hearings, 1 family meeting, and a few phone calls, then heading to the VA for short call, which starts at 5 p.m.
See 2 consults in the ER with medical students rotating on Psych. Staff with attending over the phone. Out by 10 p.m.
Halloween day! Promise my family to make it home for trick or treating, so leave early to get some work done in the morning. Rounds at 8:30; sadly this is our attending’s last day on the service. Our social worker brought a cake for him. Yummy!
Almost out for Trick or Treating, when something happens to one of my patients; feel awful for her, and stay until the situation is under control. Some things are more important.
Home by 7:30. My kids are done with trick or treating (little one was too scared), but there are still a lot of kids coming over to our “haunted house” in their costumes. Some friends join us, and we sit outside with hot drinks and enjoy the action.
New attending today. Rounds at 8:00 a.m.
Pretty much the same. After outdoor lunch with co-intern and medical student, meet with patients and families, complete notes. Attend Residency Oversight Committee meeting at 4:30.
Join co-interns for happy hour at Palomino in Westwood.
Pre-rounding followed by rounds at 8 a.m., with lots of good teaching. Several discharges.
Lunch conference at noon followed by work as usual. Take one new admission that arrives in the afternoon.
With family and friends.
Get up early to pick my dad up from the airport. Spend the day with my dad and the rest of the family relaxing at home.
It’s Halloween week, and today my block is throwing our traditional Halloween Blocktoberfest: costumes, games, bouncies, pony rides, food, and our family’s “Boo Bar” – always a hit!