This program is for individuals who are personally invited to volunteer for a UCLA Health and DGSOM faculty/administrator for clinical research or educational/academic experience. The Direct Referral Program is designed to expedite your application so you may be processed as quickly as possible. If you wish to volunteer at UCLA Health but have not been invited by a staff member, you must either identify a spuperviosr for your volunteer assignment before proceeding, or join one of the other volunteer programs listed on our website.
Volunteers who will be working in a non-clinical research lab or department through the School of Medicine and DO NOT have patient contact or access to patient information or perform any work within clinical areas, should be processed through the David Geffen School of Medicine; please click here for more information.
NOTE: Due to the Shadowing Policy, volunteers are NOT permitted to shadow physicians or other healthcare professionals as part of their volunteer role, unless accepted into a formally approved program by the Health System or DGSOM. Instead, we strongly encourage students to engage in longer-term, substantive experiences involving patient interaction such as Care Extenders or the general Student Volunteer Program. Please refer to our general Volunteer Services website for more information about our programs. If you are interested in applying to an approved program that provides shadowing opportunities, please see below for a sample list:
Care Extender Internship Program (Care Extender Program)
ARC-Assessing Residents' CICARE (Direct Referral Assignment)
EMRA-Emergency Medicine Research Associates (Direct Referral Assignment)
MAPS-Measuring to Achieve Patient Safety (Ronald Reagan Pre-Assigned Assignment)
All Direct Referral Volunteers must submit a Direct Referral Request Form for approval prior to registering for an on-boarding appointment.
On-Boarding Session: Review orientation guide and dress code and more information
NOTE: If you are a invited as a Pre-Assigned Volunteer for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital for duties that are NOT clinical research, please contact Regina Naanos (email@example.com).
For questions regarding the Direct Referral Program, contact Lily Zhang at (310) 267-8534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.