Current Teaching Opportunities
(updated 08/31/2017)

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Semel Institute

❯ Process-Group Facilitator

The PGY-2 residents typically participate in a process group. The group is looking for a facilitator, and the day and time of the group for the 2017-2018 academic year has yet to be determined. Please contact Wayne Sandler, M.D., if you are interested in facilitating.

❯ Psychotherapy 483

The psychotherapy program was founded 26 years ago by Robert Pasnau, M.D, and it continues to be at the heart of the mission of the PCFA to serve our residents. Over 50 clinical faculty provide a personal, educational, and affordable psychotherapy experience to residents and fellows from the UCLA-NPI, San Fernando Valley and Harbor programs. Particiapting faculty receive teaching credit. The availability of individual psychotherapy at a reasonable cost sets the UCLA programs apart from the vast majority of training programs in the country – it continues to help us recruit the best and the brightest.

Please contact Andrew Russell or Lela DeGolia for more information.

❯ Individual Psychotherapy Supervisor

Please contact Lela DeGolia for more information.


❯ Psychotherapy Supervisor

Supervisors located near the South Bay are needed for the Harbor-UCLA Residency Program. Please contact residency directory Karl Burgoyne, M.D., for more information.


❯ Doctoring 1 – First Year Medical Students

Doctoring 1 utilizes a small group format to help first-year medical students learn about the patient-doctor relationship, interviewing, communication, and life-long learning skills. Emphasis is on training humanistic physicians in health promotion, disease prevention, cultural competency, and behavioral analysis in the clinical practice of medicine. Pairs of tutors, typically an MD and a behaviorist (i.e. psychologist, RN, etc.), facilitate three-hour sessions with a group of 7-8 first-year medical students approximately twice each month. Full time and part-time teaching opportunities are available. Opportunities to serve as a substitute tutor are also available. Please see below for additional details:

  • Small group sessions are on Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays from August through May
  • Faculty development is at 12:30 – 1:30 PM; Small group sessions are at 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Lunch is provided at each Faculty Development meeting
  • Parking is provided upon request
  • Continuing Medical Education Credits
  • Eligible faculty can obtain or maintain Voluntary Clinical Faculty appointment

Please contact Monika Itaev, Course Administrator, for further details and learn how to get involved.

❯ Doctoring 2 program

Doctoring 2 is seeking voluntary faculty on either a regular or substitute basis for the 2017-18 academic year.

Doctoring 2 is a 14-session course that begins in August and runs throughout the second-year students’ academic year. It’s designed to help the students increase their communication skills both in the patient-physician relationship and between the students and their attendings, preceptors and other medical professionals they will encounter when they enter their third year, as well as to help hone their skills in developing differential diagnosis.

Each session, two students from a small group of around nine interview a Standardized Patient (an actor portraying a patient) in front of the group. The groups are tutored by two medical professionals, a Clinician and a Behaviorist, and the students’ interview skills are coached and evaluated for both their medical knowledge and interpersonal techniques. Psychiatrist can participate as either the Behaviorist or Clinician tutor.

The sessions occur approximately every other week on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 12:30 – 4:30pm, with the first hour consisting of a mandatory Faculty Development lunch for which tutors receive one CME or BBS credit.

Regular tutors participate in all 14 sessions; substitute tutors are called upon when a regular tutor is absent.

Please contact Phillip Moon, the Coordinator of Doctoring 2, if you’d like more information about how to join the Doctoring 2 Faculty.

❯ System-Based Healthcare (Doctoring 3)

The course Systems-Based Healthcare is a longitudinal, interprofessional component of the third year of medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Once or twice a month, for a total of 15 sessions throughout the year, medical students leave their regular clerkships to focus on the context of health care decision-making, including the interprofessional team, hospital, culture, politics, economics, law, burn-out, and personal bias. Examples of topics include the legal, political and moral aspects of prescription opioids and marijuana; the economics and cultural considerations involved in end of life decision-making; and the public and personal interpretation of what constitutes conflict of interest. Each student reads an article and writes a reflection on a clinical experience in preparation for using these to contribute to the small group discussion. Topics are “ripped from the headlines”, and lively debates are encouraged!

The first six sessions of Systems-based Healthcare are with only medical students in a mix of interactive lectures and experiential labs, from 8 am to noon or 8 am to 5 pm on a Tuesday or Thursday. The rest of the year students will meet in small groups of 7 to 9 medical, advanced practice nursing, and dental students and two faculty tutors (physicians, social workers, advanced practice nurses, dentists, dental faculty, and psychologists) once or twice a month, from 9 AM to noon on a Tuesday or Thursday, in the Learning Resource Center or Geffen Hall.

Course Chair: Margaret L. Stuber, MD (310-825-5213)

Course Director for Dental Students: Steve Lee, DDS

Course Director for Advanced Practice nursing Students: JoAnn Eastwood, RN, PhD

❯ Medical Neuroscience II Block

The 5 week-long Medical Neurosciences Block addresses the basic science of human behavior and the clinical correlates. Second year medical students meet in small groups on Mondays and Fridays from 10 AM to noon during the Block to discuss how to apply the basic science they are learning to clinical situations. Psychology or psychiatry faculty members are needed to facilitate the groups. The course meets in October and early November. A required faculty meeting is held each Friday at noon after class (lunch and CME provided) during the Block to plan for the next week. Participation in one training class in problem- based learning prior to teaching in this course is required. For further information contact the Block PBL coordinator, Azi Jalali, at (310) 794-7017. Recruiting is in the summer.

Clinical voluntary or full-time faculty (Ph.D or M.D.) needed: 22 each year.

Total hours teaching credit per faculty per year: 50