The Woodland Hills Family Medicine Residency Program has a tradition of providing top-quality and evidence based education.

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Our hand-picked faculty is approachable, energetic and enthusiastic with faculty teaching appointments through UCLA. While in a community setting, our main focus is academic excellence through extensive didactic lectures, full spectrum patient care, and one-on-one teaching with attendings.

Unique features about our program include:

  • Fully integrated inpatient and outpatient cutting edge EMR
  • Family practice clinic located within steps of the hospital and specialty clinics
  • Unopposed program
  • UCLA – affiliated residency
  • Supportive environment
  • Community service emphasis with community clinic assignments throughout the entire 3 years of residency training
  • Strong procedural and dermatology training with dedicated resident dermatology and procedure clinics in our family practice department
  • Diverse patient population
  • Flexible elective time
  • Only six residents per year (18 total) allowing greater attention to individual resident needs
  • Daily didactic noon conferences with catered lunch
  • Daily morning reporting
  • Regular participation in hospital wide education conferences including Drug Utilization and Ethics conferences
  • Global Health Track option
  • Ultrasound rounds on inpatient medicine and several yearly workshops on clinical ultrasound
  • Community Medicine Track option

Strong Academic Training

  • Our UCLA-affiliated residents receive a graduation certificate from both UCLA School of Medicine and Kaiser Permanente
  • Faculty who provide residents training in the full range of common office procedural skills
  • Numerous opportunities for learning: daily noon residency conferences, daily inpatient rounds and lectures on the medicine service, twice monthly medicine grand rounds, and regular didactic teaching.
  • Faculty have academic appointments at UCLA School of Medicine
  • All faculty trained in basic office procedural skills and 2 faculty trained in clinical ultrasound skills
  • Medical students from UCLA and many other medical schools rotate with us on a regular basis

Excellent Resources and Opportunities

  • iPhones are issued to all residents and provide a wide variety of medical applications as well as Electronic Health Record (EHR) access
  • All resident offices equipped with desks and computers for each individual resident
  • Up-to-Date provided for residents
  • All computers have access to MD Consult, Ovid, PubMed, KP Clinical Guidelines, Cochrane and DynaMed
  • Most required rotations are at our Woodland Hills Medical Center.
  • A very large well-vetted drug formulary
  • On campus inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services, including a 24 hours outpatient pharmacy. Our pharmacists are available 24-7 for provider questions and assistance regarding medications, dosing, etc
  • All radiology and lab services available on campus
  • Fully integrated EHR with computerized appointment services, messages, medication refills, labs, imaging and referrals
  • Opportunities for research and requirement for a quality improvement project
  • Yearly educational stipends of $500 for 1st and 2nd year residents and $1500 for 3rd year residents and one week available to attend an educational conference in the 3rd year
  • Cost of USMLE Step3 and COMLEX Level 3 examinations fees are covered for the interns
  • California State Medical Licensure fees covered for initial and renewed licensure needs while in residency

Additional Highlights

  • 100% resident pass rate on American Board of Family Practice exams
  • Excellent camaraderie among house staff and full time academic faculty
  • Family medicine faculty have offices that are adjacent to residents’ offices. Our faculty have an open door policy and are easily accessible
  • All major medical and surgical disciplines available with accessibility to house staff
  • Multi-ethnic population with diverse socio-economic base
  • Excellent preparation to go on to sports medicine, adolescent medicine, geriatrics, or hospice and palliative care fellowships
  • For interested residents, great job opportunities within the Kaiser Permanente system upon graduation
  • Many of our graduates have gone onto leadership positions in managed care, academia and community practice
  • Faculty with leadership roles in California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), LGBTQ Health, Hospital Quality Assurance, Hippocrates Circle, Continuing Medical Education (CME) development and the Depression Care Program to name a few.

Resident Wellness

Helping our residents maintain wellness and balance during their residency training is a priority for us. We believe that residents cannot realize their full potential without maintaining their personal well-being.  Therefore, we encourage our residents to participate in activities that promote their physical and emotional health during their three years of training.

As far as organized events, there is a yearly weekend retreat for all of the residents and faculty. In years past we have spent the weekend in locations such as Santa Barbara, Lake Arrowhead, San Diego, and Palm Springs to name a few. We also have a yearly Resident Wellness Day that is dedicated to educating our residents about the importance of their personal wellness and giving our residents time away from the medical center to bond with their fellow classmates. In addition to yearly half day bonding retreats for each class, we host a yearly Resident Wellness Day that is dedicated to educating our residents about the importance of their personal wellness and giving residents time away from the medical center to bond with their fellow classmates. On a monthly basis, there is noon conference time dedicated to resident support. We also have monthly Balint sessions that are designed to further our understanding of the often complex clinician-patient relationship.

Finally, our vacation schedule, along with research leave, educational leave and personal days afford our residents ample time to develop the important balance between work and life outside of medicine.