The Curriculum


The curriculum has been designed:

  • To satisfy all requirements which qualify program graduates to take the certifying examination of the American Board of Family Medicine.
  • To meet all of the common requirements and Family Medicine specialty specific program training as stipulated by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.
  • To meet the training needs of physicians who will require strong ambulatory care and inpatient skills, and need the most practical and relevant education for modern practice.
  • To include unique and enriching learning experiences which will assist program graduates in roles which require special skills in geriatrics, community medicine, management of health systems, managed care, preventive medicine, nutrition, patient education, quality improvement, and data management. ​

Block Rotations

PGY-I: First Year

  • Critical Care – 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – 2 weeks
  • Family Medicine Service – 14 weeks
  • Newborn Nursery – 2 weeks
  • Night Shift – 2 weeks
  • Obstetrics – 8 weeks
  • Orientation – 4 weeks
  • Newborn/NICU – 2 weeks
  • Pediatrics Inpatient – 8 weeks
  • Pediatric outpatient – 2 weeks
  • Surgery – 3 weeks
  • Radiology – 1 week

1. Orientation includes introduction to behavioral sciences and community medicine, qualifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, management of emergencies, procedural skills, team building, ambulatory patient care and management of health.

2. First year residents are assigned to one to two half-day(s) clinic(s) per week in the Family Health Center​.

3. A total of three weeks’ vacation is available and is scheduled for one week intervals during selected rotations.

PGY-II: Second Year

  • Adolescent Medicine – 2 weeks
  • AIDS – 1 week
  • Behavioral Science / Community Medicine – 2 weeks
  • Cardiology – 4 weeks
  • Elective – 3 weeks
  • Family Medicine Service – 14 weeks
  • Geriatrics – 4 weeks
  • Gynecology – 4 weeks
  • Management of Health Systems – 2 weeks
  • Neurology – 2 weeks
  • Night Shift – 6 weeks
  • Pediatric ER – 3 weeks
  • Pediatrics (Outpatient) – 2 weeks

1. Second year residents are assigned to three to four half-day clinics per week in the Family Health Center.

2. A total of three weeks' vacation is available and is scheduled for one week intervals during selected rotations.

PGY-III: Third Year

  • Addiction Medicine – 2 weeks
  • Behavioral Science – 1 week
  • Clinical Chief – 4 weeks
  • Electives – 9 weeks
  • ENT – 2 weeks
  • Family Medicine Service – 8 weeks
  • Night Shift – 7 weeks
  • Occupational Medicine – 2 weeks
  • Ophthalmology – 2 weeks
  • Orthopedics – 6 weeks
  • Pediatrics Outpatient – 2 weeks
  • Sports Medicine – 2 weeks
  • Urology – 2 weeks

1. Third year residents are assigned to four half-day clinics per week in the Family Health Center.

2. A total of three weeks' vacation is available and is scheduled in one or two week intervals during selected rotations.

3. Third year residents receive up to one week to complete Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs which will prepare them for practice and to adopt a habit of life-long learning.

4. Third year residents may schedule up to 4 weeks of an International Elective.


The residency program is committed to the overall mental and physical well-being of the house-staff and to adhering to all ACGME duty hour regulations. The program has implemented a day and night shift system where shifts are scheduled to be between 12 and 14 hours long. The only exception being in PGY-II and PGY-III years for random and holiday call which is scheduled for a 24 hour shift.​

Other Training

In addition to scheduled rotations, obstetrics, dermatology (longitudinal), maternal and child health, behavioral science, community medicine, radiology, geriatrics and management of health systems are taught in a three year continuum through conferences, ward experiences and in the Family Health Center.

Residents participate in many community activities including health fairs, sports physicals, and departmental meetings such as the QA/QI committee.

As a committed and traditional teaching institution, White Memorial Medical Center provides residents with strong, participatory, "hands-on" experiences in patient care, while providing access to tertiary care services to the community.

Faculty makes teaching and supervision their first priority. Faculty with teaching assignments is never assigned other simultaneous responsibilities, such as faculty patient care.


While nearly all rotation assignments take place on the White Memorial Medical Center campus, outstanding electives are available at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and Shriners Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, as well as White Memorial Medical Center. Because of the size and diversity of these institutions, almost any elective experience can be requested.

In addition, several residents have completed international internal medicine electives throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia with a focus on studying comparative health care systems, global health policies, and cross-cultural medicine.​

Special Programs

The residency program offers special programs including:

  • Clerkship
  • Community Based Education (COBE)
  • Community Oriented Primary Care Training
  • Cross-Cultural Medicine
  • Family Medicine Procedures Clinic
  • Geriatric Assessment Unit
  • Health Promotion/Risk Reduction Program
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM)
  • Management of Health Systems Curriculum
  • Medical Student Experiences
  • Summer Research Assistantships


The residency program has offered fellowships in community medicine, maternal and child health, adolescent medicine, health policy, and cross-cultural medicine to selected candidates.​