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Support Medical Education at UCLA

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What makes UCLA the perfect place for progress? As the youngest top-10 medical school in the nation, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is a groundbreaking community of problem solvers, caregivers, innovators and life-long learners with a noble mission to heal humanity by improving human health, alleviating suffering and delivering acts of kindness.

The medical field advances through discovery, and the David Geffen School of Medicine is the birthplace of big discoveries. Doctors and medical students work in collaboration with biologists, engineers, and economists, enabling the school to share knowledge and find solutions that will impact society.

Our medical students are united by a drive to impact health and healthcare. Student-run free clinics provide essential resources to L.A. County’s most vulnerable citizens, and nearly a third of our students opt to pursue additional years of research, dual-degree programs, and global health experiences. Many of these opportunities are only made possible by philanthropy.

The David Geffen School of Medicine is proudly training the next generation of medical experts and emerging leaders who are not afraid to think differently and dream boldly.


Progress requires philanthropic partnerships. Private support is a vital component of creating world leaders in health and science.

Gifts to support medical education have a ripple effect. As today’s learners become leaders in their professions, they may accelerate disease prevention strategies and the discovery of new treatments and cures. Furthermore, 75 percent of UCLA medical student graduates remain in California for their residency training, meaning they give back to the local community once they graduate.

Your gift to the Medical Education Greatest Needs Fund helps poise our students to thrive in medicine and science; and ultimately helps these students to provide exceptional care to the people of Los Angeles, the nation and the world.


Dr. Festus Ohan recieving his medical school diploma.

“I watched how much a physician changed one of my sister’s lives when she had surgery, in addition to the compassion and care the physician showed,” says Dr. Festus Ohan, a recent graduate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “It ultimately led me down this journey to medical school. As a former foster youth, I was always worried about the financial process of pursuing medicine. The first time I found out I was awarded a scholarship, I honestly cried. Being able to have this scholarship allowed me to pursue my specialty of choice without any fear of debt. I’m going into anesthesiology at UT Southwestern in Dallas. Support for my medical education was a huge gift, and I’m truly grateful.”

“It is really special to me to be able to work with patients in an underserved area because it just hits close to home,” says Diana Partida, M.D., a recent graduate and scholarship recipient at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Along with four other medical students from the school, she did a clinical rotation earlier this year at a hospital located in the remote city of Iquitos, Peru. "I learned to rely on my diagnostic findings from physical examinations, and how to make decisions in clinical settings where resources are not readily available. I learned to recognize my emotional resilience and to have confidence in the training I received at UCLA."

Headshot of Kwang Kim, medical student, against a brick wall“The Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA has been a weekly reminder to me of why I chose to pursue a career in medicine.” says Kwang Kim, a student in the M.D./M.B.A. program at the David Geffen School of Medicine. “My passion for medicine is rooted in a desire to see the marginalized people in our communities being valued as human beings regardless of their status. Student-run organizations, like the Mobile Clinic Project, allow me to put into practice what I have always wanted to do. It is so easy to wait to be more established in my career before serving the community around me. But instead, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has given me an amazing opportunity to get to work now even as a medical student, so that what I do now will translate into what I will be doing ten years from now. It is truly an honor to be part of such an impactful community.”

Headshot of Vadim Osadchiy, medical student, wearing an anatomy bib with felt organs“You have all these intestines inside of you, and do you really know what they do?” asks Vadim Osadchiy, a student at the David Geffen School of Medicine. “I’m part of Anatomy Academy, a student-run organization committed to improving children’s health education. While the parents are being connected to healthcare resources, we’re playing with the children. It gives the parents some free time and we can teach the children about anatomy. Some children don’t think about the machinery that you use to do a basic process like breathe, so you can see their excitement when you explain it to them. We have anatomy classes throughout the first year of medical school, so it’s fun to share that knowledge.”

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