The Program

Our goal is to provide compassionate, collaborative, quality care, and improve the health of our community.

Educational Experience

Our clinical training experience is based at MLK Community Hospital, where residents will rotate through core rotations such as Medicine Wards and Critical Care as well as subspecialties including Endocrinology, Pulmonary Diseases, Cardiology, and Infectious Diseases. Additionally, we have partnered with local academic centers for certain specialty rotations (see below). We believe this hybrid model of community-based and tertiary/quaternary training environments will provide our residents with the necessary breadth of clinical experience and exposure to cutting edge and advanced therapies to ​excel in their clinical practice.

4+1 Block Schedule

Each 4-week block is followed by a week of Ambulatory Care which includes the residents’ Continuity Clinic, Telemedicine, Urgent Care and, beginning in 2024, Street Medicine. Trainees have protected time during their ambulatory week to pursue scholarly activity including quality improvement and research projects.

Partner Institutions and Rotations:

  • Cedars-Sinai: Hematology/Oncology, Gastroenterology, Palliative and Hospice Medicine
  • Harbor-UCLA: Coronary Care Unit, Neurology and General Internal Medicine Wards
  • UCLA: Neurology

Sample Schedule

Wards: 16 weeks Wards: 16 weeks Wards: 8 weeks
Cardiology: 4 weeks Continuity Clinic: 10 weeks Continuity Clinic: 10 weeks
Pulmonary: 4 weeks Geriatric: 4 weeks MICU: 8 weeks
Continuity Clinic: 10 weeks Gastroenterology: 4 weeks Rheumatology: 4 weeks
Hematology: 4 weeks Night Float: 4 weeks Infectious Disease: 4 weeks
Night Float: 4 weeks MICU: 8 weeks Night Float: 4 weeks
Neurology: 4 weeks Elective: 6 weeks Elective: 6 weeks
MICU: 8 weeks   Nephrology: 4 weeks
Elective: 2 weeks   Emergency Medicine: 4 weeks
    Endocrinology: 4 weeks


Multidisciplinary Bedside Rounds – Under the guidance of our faculty, residents will learn to lead daily bedside teaching rounds and hone their clinical skills, diagnostic reasoning, knowledge of pathophysiology, professionalism and compassion.

Continuity and specialty clinics – Residents will assist/engage directly with attending’s on specialty care needs relevant to internal medicine, including cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology and more.

Community-based care – Work on data-driven, community-based population health initiatives.

Didactic Session Frequency/Day
Morning Report Weekly
Noon Conference Weekly
Morbidity and Mortality Conferences/Patient Care Quality Conferences Monthly
Journal Club (Switch off in and out of the hospital) Monthly
Quality Improvement Projects Monthly
Grand Rounds Monthly, every 4th Thursday
Board Review Monthly
Ultrasound and Procedure Workshop Quarterly
Problem-Based and Team-Based Learning Activities Quarterly
Social Medicine Didactics Monthly
Role Playing and Simulation Training Semiannually
Bedside Physical Examination Rounds Monthly
EKG Conference Monthly or Every Other Month
High Value Care Conference Monthly
Ambulatory Case Conference Monthly
Other Conferences:
Resident Forum Monthly
Resident Wellness Quarterly

Social Medicine

Social medicine is an essential part of the MLKCH residency experience. Residents will engage in a range of topics related to health equity, including:

  • The social determinants of health
  • Health inequities
  • The intricacies of race and poverty
  • The social meanings of disease
  • Explanations for the disparities in treatment access and health outcomes
  • Strategies for increasing value in health care
  • Analysis of institutional, economic, and cultural dynamics that shape social and medical responses to disease
  • Ambulatory experience
  • Street Medicine

By understanding the social determinants of health and its relationship to clinical care, our residents will be able to practice in a comprehensive manner that addresses the root cause of disease and illness and better advocate for the social inequities that have existed for generations.

Dr. Sharp: IMRP Faculty, Chair, Acute Care Services Committee; Chair, Bioethics Committee

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