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LAC+USC Pediatrics

Los Angeles, CA

Adler Salazar, MD

Program Director

Adriana Cassani

Program Coordinator

  • Our program’s clinical mission is to care for medically underserved children and youths in our community.

  • Our primary learning site is the LAC+USC Medical Center, one of the largest emergency, inpatient and outpatient safety-net hospitals in the country.

  • Residents collaborate with supervising faculty and healthcare team members to provide access to safe and high-quality medical care, address the socioeconomic determinants of health and illness, and promote the optimal well-being of the children and their families.

  • This mission has resulted in robust continuity and specialty care experiences and a focus on reducing disparities of healthcare through engagement of residents in meaningful scholarly activity with an emphasis on quality improvement and patient safety initiatives.

  • Training in this clinical environment prepares residents to be compassionate, proactive, and knowledgeable advocates as a foundation for primary care and/or future fellowship training.

  • The USC/LAC+USC residency program trains:

  • 33 – categorical pediatric residents

  • 24 – combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residents

  • Rotating residents

  • Medical students in their third and fourth year


LAC+USC Medical Center is located in Boyle Heights where there is mostly a Hispanic/Latino population. It is about 10mnts from DTLA where there are great restaurants and attractions, including Cypto Arena, AKA, Staples Center.

  • Provide fundamental general pediatric training for careers in primary and/or specialty care in context of social responsibility for the most vulnerable and at-risk children and adolescents in our community.

  • Acquisition of skills and knowledge in evidence-based pediatric medicine to be future faculty educators and supervisors.

  • Inspire advocacy for medically underserved families particularly those who are victims of violence and sexual abuse.

  • Continuous improvement of the learning and working environment through a focus on wellness and prevention of burnout and depression.

  • Acquire expertise in patient safety and quality improvement (PS/QI). -Model professionalism and leadership.

  • Our residency program's Resident Selection Committee is a diverse group of residents and faculty physicians tasked to build a rank list with emphasis on recruiting applicants from underrepresented minority groups.

  • Our goal is to recruit an intern class with cultural diversity and proven experience in serving underrepresented and underserved patient populations similar to LAC+USC Medical Center's during their medical school training.

  • We conduct focused recruitment for Hispanic, Black, and LGBTQ medical students during the residency interviews.

  • We invite medical students to separate focus groups with faculty members and current residents of similar ethnic backgrounds and/or gender identity during our recruitment season.

  • The Graduation Medical Education Committee (GMEC) promotes diversity in resident selection by collaborating with the Keck School of Medicine's (KSOM) Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Advocacy (IDEA) work group. The collaboration has created diversity affinity groups including Moms in Medicine, Dads in Medicine, LatinX, LGBTQI+, general diversity, Black Community, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, and first-generation resident/fellows groups.

  • Residents and faculty members receive training in addressing implicit bias in the workplace.



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