IDHEAL Fellowship

IDHEAL stands for International and Domestic Health Equity and Leadership. The section mission is to define and promote the role that academic emergency medicine can play in the promotion of health equity and the elimination of health disparities, locally, nationally and globally. To do so, we address the social, economic, environmental, and legal determinants of health by partnering with non-traditional allies, such as community based organizations, in order to understand and treat patients in the context of their communities and their lives. The section is an umbrella for collaboration of faculty and mentorship of trainees on projects within the realms of international emergency medicine, population health, migrant health, and social emergency medicine. We frame this as a section of “Health Equity” rather than a traditional section of International Emergency Medicine to emphasize the similarities between these disciplines and the common goal of health equity on a global scale.

For more information on the IDHEAL section, click here.


Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is a public, acute care hospital that serves the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valleys under the Department of Health Services of Los Angeles County. The hospital was founded in the 1920’s as a tuberculosis sanatorium. After drugs were discovered and began to be used in the 1950’s to cure tuberculosis, Olive View became a general hospital. The current hospital building was opened in 1987. Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is a teaching hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The hospital trains medical residents in 22 medical specialties. Olive View combines the traditional 'Big County' service mission to the underserved with a modern high tech facility and a world class full time academic faculty from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The hospital serves a very diverse population and prides itself on providing care for all.

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.


Educational Objectives

The objective of this fellowship is to produce leaders in academic emergency medicine who have the appropriate academic, research, public health and advocacy tools to successfully embark on a career devoted to the reduction of health disparities. This includes an understanding of how social forces impact health on the local, national, and international level.


The curriculum aims to develop skill sets required to succeed at health equity and population health related projects. This includes two categories of skills - those necessary to understand questions of health equity, the background of the social forces that impact health, and general academic skills that are necessary to compete for funding, evaluate interventions, and present results. Depending on the fellow’s interest, an individual academic plan will be developed between the fellow and mentor that suits the goals of the fellow. This will be continually revised during mentor meetings (which occur every two weeks) to assure that objectives are achieved by the end of the fellowship.

The core of each fellow’s curriculum will focus on the following eight elements:

  • Academic Writing/Grant Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Project Design
  • Research Methodology
  • Advocacy
  • Foundations in Social Determinants
  • Leadership
  • Health Policy

Professional Development

The fellow will have the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Health from the UCLA Fieldling School of Public Health.

Expanded Outcomes

At a minimum, fellows must:

  • Develop one grand rounds lecture on their topic of focus.
  • Complete one piece of publication-quality academic writing.
  • Develop either an original idea into a feasible project or a sub-section of an ongoing project, and see the project to fruition. This includes determining the methodology and appropriate outcome measurement, writing the IRB application, initiating the data collection, analyzing the data, and writing the results for publication.
  • Participate in regular section meetings and journal clubs.
  • Contribute to the mentorship team for medical students and residents interested in health equity.


Fellows are welcome to participate in the faculty’s ongoing projects as a mechanism of learning these skills and perspectives, but we also welcome fellowship candidates who have their own projects in initial stages that need mentorship in order to grow.


  • Fellows work 8 shifts per month between OVMC and RRMC.
  • Additional clinical work for additional income may be possible by request.

Program Faculty

  • Breena Taira, MD, MPH, CPH, FACEP (OVMC)
  • Dennis Hsieh, MD, JD (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Ross Donaldson, MD, MPH, CTropMed, FACEP (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Aristides Orue, NP, MSN, FNP-C (OVMC)
  • Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA, FAAP, FACEP (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Luis Lovato, MD, FACEP (OVMC)
  • Tom Lee, MD, MS (AVH/RRMC)
  • Kabir Yadav, MD, MS, MSHS, FACEP (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Adedamola Ogunniyi, MD (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Richelle Cooper, MD, MSHS, FACEP (RRMC)
  • Shamsher Samra, MD, MPhil (Harbor-UCLA)

Stipends and Benefits

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

To Apply

Interested applicants should send Curriculum Vitae and three letters of reference, including one from your current residency director to:

Breena Taira, MD, MPH
Section Chair, IDHEAL
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine, North Annex
14445 Olive View Drive
Sylmar, CA 91342
(747) 210-3107







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.

Current Fellows

Hemang Acharya, MD 2018-2019