Research Fellowship

The UCLA Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program, established in 1980, is a two to three year post-graduate training program. The fellowship integrates training at the UCLA Emergency Medical Center with the UCLA School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and the Pardee RAND Graduate School. The program combines the benefits of training at an internationally renowned university hospital and School of Public Health with exposure to the faculty of the National Clinician Scholars Program (formerly Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program), and the Rand Graduate School in Santa Monica. This program provides an unusually diverse spectrum of research training. Entry to the fellowship program is available only to physicians who have completed an Emergency Medicine Residency.


The UCLA Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program is designed to provide the research training and experience necessary to become an outstanding contributor and leader in academic emergency medicine. The primary goals of the program are training in (1) identification of appropriate areas of research activities, (2) research methodology and experimental design, (3) preparation of grant proposals, and (4) scientific writing: preparation of abstracts for scientific meetings and manuscripts for peer review journal publication. In addition fellows spend a limited time as attending physicians in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Emergency Department to gain skills as a clinician-teacher (41 hours per month). Fellows may choose to work with any member of the emergency medical faculty with a significant involvement in creative research and can also collaborate with other investigators at UCLA and the aforementioned institutions, thus assuring a wide range of potential research areas.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is located at the southern end of the beautiful UCLA campus. It is a state-of-the-art 455 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.

The UCLA Medical Center serves as both an international referral center and a community hospital for the population of West Los Angeles. Fully accredited training programs are offered in all specialties. UCLA Medical Center is part of the UCLA Health Care network that includes UCLA Santa Monica Hospital and 25 satellite clinics. US News and World report has ranked the UCLA Medical Center as the number one hospital in the West and a top 5 hospital in the United States for twenty years in a row.

UCLA Emergency Medicine Center

The UCLA Emergency Department is an integral part of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Forty-six thousand patients are seen annually in the ED with a mixture of approximately 40% medicine, 40% surgery, 10% obstetrics/gynecology, and 10% pediatrics. Uninsured patients comprise 7% of the total patient population.

The EMC is a designated Level 1 Trauma Center and Base Station for the County of Los Angeles and provides care for 100 major trauma cases per month. It is also a certified STEMI and Stroke Center and is affiliated with the on-campus Hyperbaric Medicine Center. The Center for Pre-hospital Care, founded in January 1989 and dedicated to research, education, and development, is closely associated with the UCLA Emergency Medicine Center. UCLA is a Pediatric Critical Care Center serving all of Los Angeles.

The UCLA Emergency Medicine Center includes the clinical activities in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Emergency Department, the UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Program, the Center for International Medicine, the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, and components of the UCLA Stroke Center. The Center also offers fellowships in Clinical Research, Emergency Ultrasound, International Medicine, and Public Health and Disaster Medicine.

Fellowship Activities

The research fellowship is designed to meet individual needs. The emergency medicine faculty are not involved in bench research. Their research topics include: health services research, medical informatics, infectious disease, pediatric emergency medicine, neurosciences including brain preservation in stroke, pre-hospital and disaster medicine, domestic violence, and research on the quality of the medical literature. Fellows are expected to develop and complete a meaningful research project, present the results at national scientific meetings, prepare the results for publication in a peer-reviewed national journal and complete and submit an NIH Grant Application.

Specific Fellowship activities include:

    Weekly meeting with faculty mentor to discuss ongoing educational and research activities.
    Monthly emergency medicine research meetings with EM research faculty and fellows.
    Enrollment in the UCLA School of Public Health to pursue an MPH degree in epidemiology, health services research or other area per the candidate's interest. Enrollment in other UCLA graduate programs can be substituted.
    Participation in the seminars and classes of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Programs.
    Attending in the UCLA EMC 41 hours per month.
    Attending UCLA Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Conferences and Journal Clubs as desired.
    Stipend and Benefits

The fellowship stipend is competitive. An additional $1,000.00 per year is provided to help cover the cost of books, computer software, courses, or educational seminars.

As a member of the UCLA community, fellows enjoy Olympic caliber athletic facilities, excellent libraries and museums, and the ongoing repertoire of music and dance which takes place at our university. Fringe benefits include professional liability insurance and excellent health and dental insurance.

Applications and Interviews

Interested applicants should send Curriculum Vitae to:
David L. Schriger, MD, MPH

Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants by invitation.

Fellowship Alumni

    Samantha Kadera, MD, 2013-2015, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, New York Presbyterian – Cornell Medical Center
    Daniel Rolston, MD, 2013-2015, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
    Malkeet Gupta, MD, 2006-2008, Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine, UCLA Emergency Medicine Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Partner, Antelope Valley Emergency Medicine Associates
    Michael Menchine, MD, MPH, 2004-2006, Vice Chair of Research and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Los Angeles County - University of Southern California, Department of Emergency Medicine
    Zachary Gray, MD, MPH, 2004-2006, Staff Physician, Torrance Memorial Hospital, Torrance, California
    Richard Byyny, MD, MSPH, 2004-2006, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, Colorado
    Steven Wall, MD, MPH, 2001-2003, Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY
    Richelle J. Cooper, MD, MPH, 1998-2000, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCLA Emergency Medicine Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Frank Day, MD, MPH, 1999-2001, Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCLA Emergency Medicine Center, West Los Angles VA Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Thomas Lee, MD, 1997-99, Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCLA Emergency Medicine Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director, Antelope Valley Emergency Medicine Associates.
    Frederick J. Beddingfield, III, MD, PhD, 1996-99, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Medical Director, Skin Care Pharmaceuticals, Clinical Research and Development of Allergan, Inc, Adjunct Staff, Health Sciences The RAND Corporation
    Eric Salk, MD, MPH, 1995-97, Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery/Emergency Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, Medical Director of Emergency Services, The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Torrington, CT
    Carolyn Sachs, MD, MPH, 1994-96, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCLA Emergency Medicine Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Knox Todd, MD, MPH, 1993-94, Chair, Emergency Medicine, Professor and Department Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson, Houston, TX
    Scott Krishel, MD, MPH, 1992-94, Kaiser Permamente Hospital, San Diego, CA
    William L. Mower, MD, PhD, 1991-93, Professor of Emergency Medicine, UCLA Emergency Medicine Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    David L. Schriger, MD, MPH, 1988-90, Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine, UCLA Emergency Medicine Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Ira Gold, MD, MPH, 1983-86, Research Director, Illinois Masonic Medical Center, University of Illinois College of Medicine
    Sherman Podolsky, MD, 1982-83, President, PhyAmerica Physician Services of Florida Inc.
    Fred Einesman, MD, 1981-82, Emergency Physician, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, TV Producer
    Edward Geehr, MD, 1980-81, Chief Medical Officer LifeScript, Mission Viejo, CA