This seminar, organized exclusively by psychiatry residents, explores topics in the field relevant to social justice, social psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

Through the Leo Rangell Endowment, we are developing new clinical initiatives to open opportunities for UCLA Psychiatry Residents to be attracted into careers in the public sector dedicated to treating underserved populations with mental illness; are working to integrate psychoanalytic and ethnographic methods into resident and student education; and are bringing visiting scholars to campus to educate us and bring attention to these issues.

The Caltech-UCLA Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is dedicated to educating and training exceptionally qualified individuals for careers in the biomedical and sociomedical sciences, with dual MD/PhD degrees. To fulfill this mission, we recruit exceptionally bright and accomplished students who exhibit a passion for knowledge and a life-long commitment to research and leadership.  In the newly created Social Science Track, we accept one to three students per year.  We consider applicants interested in any relevant discipline in the social sciences and humanities.  Accepted students will receive full funding and stipend for the entire four years of medical school and four to five years of graduate school. We help guide admitted students towards outstanding training environments that encourage individual thinking and provide students with the tools needed to develop into accomplished, compassionate physician scientists.  We aim to provide an intellectual and practical foundation from which our graduates will approach the most compelling social and policy questions facing medicine today.  Our hope is that our rigorous program will nurture the intellectual curiosity and discipline of our students, while continuing to develop their innate creativity and empathy.

Contact Joel Braslow,

In July 2016, MSTP student Rachel Parks, rising 2nd years Jose Sanchez-Cruz, Jeremy Flores, and Jennifer Cohenmehr, and Center researcher Ron Calderon presented their ethnographic observations of LA’s homeless on Summer Research Poster Day. Click here for the poster.

The Center has the primary responsibility for developing and instituting a Social Medicine and Humanities core curriculum for our university’s medical students.  In the summer of 2016, we mentored rising second-year medical students as they conducted ethnographic observations of LA’s homeless and the medical services offered them.

In 2016-17, we will offer a Social Medicine Scholarly Track Selective to 4th-year students, “The Practice of Medicine in an Unequal Society,” which we hope to expand into a full curriculum module in 2017-18.


The Practice of Medicine in an Unequal Society, 2016-2017
Joel Braslow, Course Coordinator
5:00 - 7:00 PM - Semel - B8-225

10/12/16 - Marcia Meldrum, Ph.D.
UCLA Center for Social Medicine and the Humanities
Evolution of Modern American Medicine

11/9/16 - Joel Braslow, M.D.
UCLA Center for Social Medicine and the Humanities
The Mental Health Crisis in the US

1/11/17 - Philippe Bourgois, Ph.D.
UCLA Center for Social Medicine and the Humanities
The Contradictions Between Law Enforcement and Medicine: Caring for Addicts in California

2/8/17 - To Be Announced
Race, Immigration, Medicine, and the Law

3/8/17 - Gerald Kominski, Ph.D.
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Health Care Financing and Policy in 21st Century US

4/12/17 - Mark Peterson, Ph.D. 
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Health Care Reform and Its Impact

Poster Day

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