The University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine—known as the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM)—is an accredited medical school located in Los Angeles, California, United States. The school was renamed in 2001 in honor of media mogul David Geffen who donated $200 million in unrestricted funds. Founded in 1951, it is the second medical school in the UC system, after the UCSF School of Medicine.
Community engagement is a major effort and a distinct mission for our faculty, trainees and staff. These efforts range from local activities in Los Angeles to world health efforts throughout the globe. In terms of clinical care we are transforming medicine through innovation to benefit society healing human kind, one patient at a time. Join us as we create the future of medicine together.”
Kelsey Martin, MD, PhD
Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
To improve health and healthcare, UCLA will:
- Create world leaders in health and science
- Discover the basis for health and cures for disease
- Optimize health through community partnerships
- Heal humankind one patient at a time
Our Cultural North Star
The Cultural North Star helps us build and maintain an inclusive, mission-driven culture by mapping our decisions, actions and interactions to a shared framework.
- Do what’s right
- Make things better
- Be kind
The medical students at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA are involved in service to the community and demonstrate a firm commitment to the humanistic, ethical, legal and cultural aspects of medicine. We believe that a diverse student body is an integral part of medical education and is essential to the development of patient-centered care.
Degrees & Programs
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
DGSOM seeks students who will be future leaders, have distinguished careers in clinical practice, teaching, research and public service. The school strives to create an environment in which students prepare for a future in which scientific knowledge, societal values and human needs are ever changing.
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
MSTP is dedicated to educating and training exceptionally qualified individuals for careers in the biomedical sciences. The average time to complete both degrees for students in the UCLA-Caltech MSTP is eight years. The traditional course of study begins with the first two years of medical school, followed by four years of PhD graduate training, and concluding with the third and fourth years of medical school. The MSTP and David Geffen School of Medicine work with students to enable optimal completion of all aspects of student training.
Program In Medical Education
Degrees: MD + Master’s
UCLA PRIME is a five-year dual degree program focusing on the development of leaders in medicine addressing policy, care and research in healthcare for the underserved. The dual degree program leads to a MD and a Masters in areas that complement the mission of the program. These might include MBA, MPH or Masters in Public Policy. The cohort will be composed of approximately 18 students. Students will identify with one of two programs: PRIME UCLA Westwood (14) or PRIME UCLA-CDU (4). Each program will coordinate with the others but acceptance will be to MD/Graduate program for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
UCLA/Charles R. Drew Medical Education Program
The mission of the College of Medicine is to provide education, research and clinical service in the context of community engagement in order to train physician leaders who promote wellness, who provide care with excellence and compassion and who are committed to transforming the health of diverse and undeserved communities. Students matriculate with the David Geffen School of Medicine and complete two years of course work at the UCLA campus.