The Department of Emergency
Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical
Center is committed to training a
diverse group of residents and
enhancing diversity within the
specialty and medicine as a whole.
We welcome applicants who come
from groups that are traditionally
underrepresented in medicine
including underrepresented
minorities, LGBTQI individuals
and first generation college graduates. We believe that this is particularly important at Harbor-UCLA given our role as a county hospital, which serves as a safety net for all patients in need of medical care regardless of their ability to pay. We are privileged to serve an incredibly diverse group of patients and are dedicated to recruiting and training individuals who represent the populations we serve and are interested in becoming leaders in these communities.


Emergency Medicine Resident Diversity Initiative:

This is an initiative started by a group of residents and faculty committed to recruiting residents from underrepresented groups in medicine and scheduling cultural competency and conscious bias educational endeavors for residents, faculty and staff on a regular basis.


Area and Population:

The Medical Center serves over two million residents of the southwestern areas of Los Angeles County and compromises a three hundred square mile catchment area. Harbor-UCLA is owned and operated by the County of Los Angeles as a public teaching hospital.  It also serves as a major teaching hospital for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a general acute care facility for the county residents. Although we serve a diverse group of patients , the poor and uninsured remain the target population for this institution.


Harbor patient demographics:

Latino: 55%

African American: 20%

Caucasian: 18%

Other: 7%


LGBT Advisory Committee:

This hospital wide committee, initiated by EM faculty and residents, aims to improve the patient experience for LGBTQI patients. The committee includes attending physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, social workers, ancillary staff, and patients.


CIR Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine Committee:

The resident’s union, the Committee for Interns and Residents (CIR), provides programming, networking, and support for individuals who come from underrepresented groups in medicine. Emergency Medicine residents currently occupy two out of eight CIR delegate positions.


International and Domestic Health Equity:

This is a UCLA-system wide collaboration that focuses on how academic emergency medicine can play a role in the promotion of health equity and the elimination of health disparities, locally, nationally and globally.”  www.idheal.org


Recruitment Dinner:

There is a yearly recruitment dinner with the EM faculty, residents and self identified applicants with interest in these issues. The specific date, time and venue will be made available to all applicants.


Why Diversity is Important:




Resident Contact Information:

Interested applicants and sub-Interns who would like further information about the Emergency Medicine Resident Diversity Initiative should feel free to contact us at HarborEMDiversity@gmail.com