UCLA-VEP Administrative Fellowship

The UCLA-Valley Emergency Physicians Administrative Fellowship Program, established in 2017, is a one-year post-graduate, non-ACGME accredited training program. Our community partner for the fellowship is VEP Healthcare, managing ED and Hospitalist groups for over 30 years. The fellowship aims to train highly qualified emergency physicians to become effective managers and leaders within clinical medicine. The program combines the benefits of working in and participating in the management of an internationally renowned, academic university hospital with a high acuity, high volume community emergency department. Entry to the fellowship program is available only to physicians who have completed an Emergency Medicine residency.


Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

The Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) is located at the southern end of the beautiful UCLA campus in Westwood. It is a state-of-the-art 520 bed academic medical center that offers a full range of medical and surgical services from primary to sub-specialty care. The one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and the Mattel Children's Hospital.

The Medical Center is one component of UCLA's Center for the Health Sciences, which includes the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Public Health; the Jules Stein Eye Institute; the Clarence E. Reed Neurological Research Center; the Brain Research Institute; the Biomedical Cyclotron; the Jerry Lewis Neuromuscular Research Center; and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

US News and World report has ranked RRMC as the number one hospital in the West and a top 5 hospital in the United States for over twenty years.

The 41-bed Emergency Department treats 52,000 patients per year and serves as a Level 1 Trauma center, as well as Stroke, STEMI, and Pediatric Critical Care center.

White Memorial Hospital

White Memorial Hospital (WMH) is a 353 bed not-for-profit acute care hospital serving downtown Los Angeles. WMH is owned and operated by Adventist Health, and is a teaching hospital.

The ED is a STEMI, primary stroke, and pediatric receiving facility with over 40,000 patients per year. WMH has developed a front end process to improve throughput in the ED.


Educational Objectives

  • The administrative fellowship is designed to provide fellows with a foundation for developing into ED medical directors in any practice setting by providing training at two different clinical sites.
  • At the same time, the fellowship also provides for some flexibility for fellows to tailor their education to specific interests.


  • The UCLA-VEP Administrative Fellowship provides Fellows with the experience of managing an ED both at a world-class academic institution and at an urban, community ED. The fellow will be exposed to management issues in the university setting as well as the private, multi-hospital physician group setting.
  • Fellows will get exposure to all aspects of ED management, including human resources, daily operations, data analytics, medical malpractice, contracting, hospital-wide interactions, and Quality Improvement. Mentors at each site will additionally help fellows understand and navigate effective administrative techniques.

Professional Development

  • Fellows will have the opportunity to earn certification through UCLA in QI & Lean process improvements.
  • Fellows may participate in the ACEP ED Director's Academy, at the discretion of the fellowship directors.
  • Fellows may participate in VEP partners meetings and didactic training.


  • Each fellow will pick at least one project to explore in-depth during the year, with the guidance of the fellowship faculty.


  • Fellows will work at RRMC, supervising residents and medical students, and at WMH, primarily seeing patients, with some supervisory responsibilities.
  • Fellows work approximately three shifts at each RRMC and WMH per month.
  • Additional clinical work for additional income may be possible by request.

Program Faculty

  • Wally Ghurabi, MD: Fellowship Director; VEP Board of Directors
  • Lynne McCullough, MD: Fellowship Assistant Director; Medical Director UCLA Emergency Medical Center; Additional board certification in Clinical Informatics
  • Stephen Liu, MD: Medical Director, White Memorial Hospital
  • Gregory Hendey, MD: Chair of UCLA Emergency Medicine
  • Medell Briggs-Malonson, MD, MPH, MSHS: Director of Quality Improvement, UCLA Emergency Medicine

Stipends and Benefits

  • Full time UCLA employee with health and retirement benefits
  • Annual salary of $100,000
  • $5,000 travel allowance
  • $2,000 CME allowance
  • Four weeks of vacation

To Apply

Interested applicants should send Curriculum Vitae to:

Lynne McCullough, MD
Fellowship Assistant Director




Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants by invitation.

Applicant Requirements

  • Graduation from a 4-year ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency training program or a 3-year program with at least one year of post-residency clinical experience or fellowship.
  • Eligible to obtain a California Medical License.
  • References available upon request

Fellowship Alumni

Catherine Weaver, MD (2017-2018)