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 safety net hospital serving the two million residents living in the San Fernando Valley, located at the northern section of Los Angeles County. OV-UCLA is a major teaching affiliate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with medical students, residents, and fellows spending a significant portion of their training at OV-UCLA. Residents of the UCLA Emergency Medicine residency program spend 50% of their training at OV-UCLA. The hospital has 377 beds, while the 25,000 square foot Emergency Department, which was built in 2011, has 51 beds. The ED census is roughly 60,000 patients per year. The majority of patients are working poor, immigrants, and/or primarily Spanish-speaking.


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is crucial safety net hospital serving more than 700,000 residents in the South Bay of Los Angeles. Our high-volume, high-acuity Emergency Department sees approximately 90,000 annual patient visits from a largely underserved population. It is the only Level 1 Trauma Center, Pediatric Trauma Center, Pediatric Critical Medical Center, Disaster Resource Center, Stroke Center, Academic STEMI Receiving Center, and Nursing and Paramedic Training Center in the South Bay of Los Angeles. In addition to its essential role in patient care, Harbor-UCLA is a key teaching hospital for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and has a decades-long history of advancing medical science and care delivery


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.

Program Faculty

  • Breena Taira, MD, MPH, CPH, FACEP (OVMC): Program Director
  • Kabir Yadav, MD, MS, MSHS, FACEP (Harbor-UCLA): Co-Program Director
  • 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)
  • Adedamola Ogunniyi, MD (Harbor-UCLA)
  • Richelle Cooper, MD, MSHS, FACEP (RRMC)
  • Shamsher Samra, MD, MPhil (Harbor-UCLA)

Stipends & Benefits

  • UCLA employee with health and retirement benefits
  • Approximate annual salary of $100,000
  • Tuition support for Master's program
  • $2,000 CME allowance
  • Four weeks of vacation


Interested applicants should send Curriculum Vitae and three letters of reference to:

Nathalia Rodriguez
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Emergency Medicine
924 Westwood Boulevard, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA, 90024

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
  • Eligible to obtain a California Medical License.

Current Fellows

Rose Diaz, 2021-2023

Fellowship Alumni

Jesus Torres, MD 2020-2022
Hannah Janeway, MD 2019-2021
Hemang Acharya, MD 2018-2020