Chair’s Message

Welcome to the Department of Medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. As part of our commitment to medical education and residency training, we have been able to recruit outstanding, highly trained and very motivated faculty to the Department of Medicine. All of our faculty members are UCLA-appointed and are known for their clinical teaching, commitment and dedication to advancing the education of our trainees, from medical students to residents and fellows, and for providing the best care to our deserving underserved patient population. The residency program is the core of our educational mission, and it is my privilege to lend it my full support.

Soma Wali, MD, FACP

Chair of Medicine, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Executive Vice-Chair of Medicine for Affiliated Hospitals at UCLA

Professor of Clinical Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

ACGME-accredited since 1975, the UCLA-Olive View Internal Medicine Program (previously the UCLA-San Fernando Valley Program) is based at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. It is one of two UCLA-sponsored programs in internal medicine, the other being the UCLA Internal Medicine program at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center. The two programs share a strong relationship and are both affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is an academic county hospital nestled in the foothills of Los Angeles County. We offer categorical and preliminary training. Olive View is well-known as one of the best teaching sites among UCLA medical students (don’t take our word for it, ask them). We recruit residents who are enthusiastic about learning and teaching, and who enjoy caring for county patients and the underserved. The program offers a balanced experience in inpatient and outpatient medicine. About 80% of the inpatient rotations are spent at the Olive View county hospital and 20% at the Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital, or the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration hospital. The combination of county-, university, and VA-based hospitals offers a comprehensive experience in Internal Medicine. We also offer international electives for those who are interested.

Our graduates pursue fellowships in multiple subspecialities and work in academic medicine, hospitalist positions, HMO’s and private practice. We are proud of our graduates who have gone on to take leadership roles in different settings around the country. We pride ourselves on our collegial atmosphere that feels like a “family,” with happy residents and faculty.


The general philosophy of the program is to allow the housestaff to learn in a supportive and caring environment, with significant room for independent decision-making. We believe that there is no substitute for experience, as long as good supervision is available.