This program is for individuals who are personally invited to volunteer/assist for a UCLA Health and/or David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) faculty or staff for clinical research and/or educational and 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 supervisor for your volunteer assignment before proceeding, or join one of the other volunteer programs listed on our website.
According to the Shadowing Policy, individual volunteers or students are NOT permitted to shadow physicians or other healthcare professionals as part of their volunteer/student role (this includes UCLA SRP Students), regardless if the physician or health professional accepts/invites you to shadow.
If you will be volunteering in a non-clinical research lab or department through the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) and your volunteer position does NOT involve ANY of the following:
You will NOT be processed through Direct Referral. You should be processed through the David Geffen School of Medicine Volunteer Services Website, please click here for more information.
Please do NOT contact our office regarding DGSOM Volunteer Services. Please reply to the email sent to you instead; we do not process DGSOM Volunteers at UCLA Health System.
The UCLA Health Pre-Assigned Program is for volunteers who have been invited or accepted as a volunteer to assist UCLA Health Faculty/Staff at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center and/or Westwood UCLA Health Clinics/Facilities for clerical (administrative), program support, and/or assisting staff for patient care support assignments. (Does NOT include volunteering for research, shadowing programs (except MAPS), or dentistry).
For more information, please click here.
NOTE: The Pre-Assigned Program will not be processing any new volunteers in the month of June, please submit the completed and signed Pre-Assigned Letter BEFORE May 1st.
If you are not any of the above, please continue to the Direct Referral Process:
Requirements to be eligible as a Direct Referral:
You are a student or individual invited by UCLA Health/DGSOM faculty to assist with clinical research (includes IRB-Approved, IRB-Exempted studies, and Quality Improvement Projects). You will be accessing identifiable data, patients/human research subjects, and/or performing your volunteer research duties in clinical areas.
You are a student or individual accepted into an Approved UCLA Health/DGSOM Formalized Shadowing Program (not including Care Extenders):
You are invited by a UCLA School of Dentistry Faculty/Staff to assist in clerical tasks only:
You are invited by a UCLA School of Dentistry Faculty/Staff to assist in lab or research:
2. Submit the Form for Office Approval:
3. After Submission of the Form:
STEP 2: On-Boarding Appointment
For questions regarding the Direct Referral Program, please contact the Direct Referral Coordinator: Lily Zhang
Due to high volumes of questions, if it is a shadowing inquiry, please read the shadowing policy note before contacting the coordinator.
The Direct Referral Program does not provide shadowing/observation opportunities.