Letter from the Chair


Our Mission

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical
Center was established in 1978 as one of the first emergency medicine
training programs in the country. For almost forty years the residents of
the Harbor-UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Program have played
an integral role in delivering care to the largely underserved communities
of south Los Angeles County.


Our mission is to deliver the highest level of care to the patients we have
the privilege of treating and to promote the sense of service that brought
us to the practice of medicine. These core principles underlie a superlative
clinical and academic 4-year training experience that provides Harbor
residents with the tools to be leaders, whether in academic or community
emergency medicine, or even outside the sphere of traditional medical practice.


Our Department

  • A high-volume, high-acuity ED that is the only Level 1 Trauma Center, Pediatric Trauma Center, Pediatric Critical Care Center, Disaster Resource Center, Nursing and Paramedic Training Center, Stroke Center and academic STEMI receiving center in the South Bay area of Los Angeles.

  • Education through service of a highly appreciative underserved patient population with a tremendous spectrum, and often high acuity, of disease.

  • Exceptional faculty and mentors with national reputations for excellence in education, research and leadership in emergency medicine and its subspecialties.

  • Ample opportunity to participate in teaching, research, EMS and administrative activities through faculty mentorship and potential fellowships.

  • An outstanding collegial and supportive environment with peers from all walks of life.


Our Residents

  • Possess a strong work ethic.

  • Are as interested in providing outstanding care for the poor of our community as they are in becoming outstanding emergency physicians.

  • Have an interest in pursuing lifelong careers as both clinicians and leaders in emergency medicine.

  • Become leaders in Academic Emergency Medicine.