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Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Clinton Kakazu, MD, MBA
The COVID pandemic continues to prove to be
challenging, requiring changes to the residency
program to optimize patient care needs, whilst
protecting our trainees. Balancing the educational
demands and maintaining the proper learning
environment were important program goals. To
meet patient care needs and mitigate the potential
consequences of our residents falling ill to COVID-19,
several major changes occurred with our block
rotations, curriculum, and lectures/didactics.
Fortuitously, through all the change, our program has
met the challenges of providing patient care while
preserving the most critical aspects of learning/
educational opportunities for our residents. As the
program moves forward, we anticipate there will
be some aspects of a " new normal " as the process
continually evolves. Some of the exciting changes this
past year are highlighted below.
Complement Expansion
The residency program continues to expand. This
year we welcomed an additional four residents to our
prior complement of 28. Thus, our current resident
complement total is 32: 9 in PGY1, 9 in PGY2, 8 in
PGY3, and 6 in PGY4. In the 2021-2022 academic year,
we anticipate and are optimistic for another ACGME
complement increase to 36, with nine residents
represented per class. Enhanced resident education
experiences were supported by unmet patient care needs
in the intensive care unit.
New Neurocritical Care Rotation
Since the addition of three new critical care faculty
in 2018-2019, our department has fulfilled an unmet
Welcome to our new CA-1 class!
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