1st Annual Healthcare Symposium

Organized by MSOCAL, Medical Students Organizaed to Create Activism and Leadership, the 1997 UCLA Health Care Symposium addressed the methods of providing and measuring quality health care, the physicians' obligation to guarantee that quality of care, and the generation of the social and political skills necessary for physician leadership in advancing this quality care. By inviting prominent figures in the health care policy arena to engage in a series of lectures and discussions, we hoped to educate and inspire members of the UCLA medical community to take active and informed roles in shaping the delivery of health care in the 21st century. The Symposium took place on Saturday, January 25 in the Sunset Village Commons on the UCLA campus. We expected an audience of approximately 350 southern California physicians-in-training.


Schedule of Events and Speakers

Time Topic Speaker Location
8:15 am Registration and Breakfast Buffet   Sunset Village Commons: Grand Horizon Room
9:00 am Welcome Northwest Auditorium
9:15 am Opening Keynote Address: "The Current State of American Medicine: Key Issues in the Restructuring of Health Care for the 21st Century" Northwest Auditorium
10:15 am Plenary Session: "What is quality care and how can we deliver it to all Americans?"     Northwest Auditorium
12:00 pm Luncheon   Sunset Village Commons: Grand Horizon Room
1:00 pm Opportunities for Physician/Student Activism   Northridge Room
  The Role of Organized Medicine in Health Care Reform Salon E, F, G
  Improving the Quality of Health Care for Women West Coast Room
  Mandated Coverage, Managed Care Legislation:
Perspectives on Medico-Legal Issues
South Bay Room
2:30 pm Panel Discussion: "Perspectives on a Changing Health Care Environment" Northwest Auditorium
4:00 pm Closing Keynote Address: "The Role of the Physician in Providing Quality Care to All Americans" Northwest Auditorium
5:00 pm Program concludes    

MSOCAL thanks the following sponsors who have made the 1997 Health Care Symposium possible:
  • Capp Care
  • The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is a public foundation dedicated to fostering humanism in medicine.
  • Merck Merck & Company, Inc. provided funding for the development of this Web page, and for the conference to be broadcast live over the World Wide Web.
  • Timothy M. Pennington
  • Arthur Groman
  • Dow Corning Corporation
  • UCLA Medical Alumni Association
  • UCLA Medical Student Council
  • UCLA School of Medicine, Class of 1999
  • AMSA - GPIT, The American Medical Students Association - General Physicians in Training.

Board of Advisors
  • Robert Brook, M.D.
    Director of Health Sciences, RAND
  • E. Richard Brown, Ph.D.
    Professor, UCLA School of Public Health, President of the American Public Health Association
  • David Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Gerald Levey, M.D.
    Provost for Medical Sciences, UCLA, Dean, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Ron Park, M.D.
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Neil Parker, M.D.
    Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Graduate Medical Education, UCLA School of Medicine
  • James Terwilliger
    Vice Provost and Administration for Medical Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine
MSOCAL Students and Staff Support

The 1997 Health Care Symposium was designed by medical students concerned for the quality of medical education. A number of people have contributed long hours of work or scarce brain cells to this endeavor, and deserve mention.

1997 Directors: David Feldman, Francis Chang, Amal Trivedi

Founders and 1997 Co-Directors (for archival purposes only)

FRANCIS CHANG is a second year medical student pursuing a joint M.D./Ph.D. degree at the UCLA School of Medicine. He graduated from Harvard College in 1995 with an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences, magna cum laude. He has been volunteering for over a year at the L. A. Free Clinic and organized the 1996 UCLA-USC Medical Schools Residency Fair this past spring. His interests include health care policy and politics, student activism, and basic sciences research. Currently, Francis is the President of the UCLA chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), is an advisor to two premedical societies and plans to study Drosophila neural development in his graduate studies.

DAVID FELDMAN is a second year medical student at the UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine in 1994. Currently, he is the UCLA delegate to the American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) and to the California Medical Association (CMA) Governing Council. In 1994 he received the Outreach Award for helping to develop Camp Footprints, a summer camp for the developmentally disabled. This past summer he was awarded the AMSA Washington Health Policy Fellowship to work with the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council to the Secretary of Health. As part of his fellowship David completed a thesis regarding the role of the physician as an understanding patient advocate, titled "The Quality of Health Care."

AMAL TRIVEDI is a second year medical student at the UCLA School of Medicine. He graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University in 1994 with an A.B. in Human Biology. As an undergraduate, he founded Health Corps, a program designed for college students to educate elementary school students on health promotion and disease prevention. He also assisted with the development of Mission City Community Health, a program that screens over ten thousand low income women annually for breast and cervical cancer. He served as the Summer Director of the UCLA Health Care Symposium this past year. His interests include health care policy and health services research. Amal has conducted research projects focusing on health care delivery in rural India and the cost-effectiveness of tuberculosis screening programs in California.


Andy Shpall
Archana Sadhu
Avni Pandya
Billy Wang
Carissa Lee
Carolyn Alexander
Charles Lee
Chris Exner
Daniel Behroozan
David Paikal
David Rex
Eric Swagel
Erika Bentson
Glena Cheng
Gregory Charlop
Helena Yip
Ian Bartos
Ilona Chokler
Irene Voo
Jeannine Rahimian
Jennifer Ty
John Rogowski
Julie Lipps
Karen Kwan
Kathleen Levy
Kristen Carter
Leslie Lawrence
Lily Chao
Marianne Makely
Nader Pouratian
Nadia Rahimtoola Oleg Shvarts
Pedro Cheung
Risa Hoffman
Robbie Klein
Ryan Green
Scott Lee
Swetanshu Chaudari
Ted Amanios
Traci Shogren-Knack



We would also like to give a very big heart-felt thanks to those who helped the students in the project.


Charlotte Myers
Evie Kumpart
Fran Kissel
Fred Grazer
Gezelle Miller
Jacquie Michels
Lynn Elliott
Maroon Tabbal
Mary Anne Burns
Michael Wilkes
Robin Bisseri-Lewis
Sharon Douglas
Sheila McDaniel
Sockie Carriedo