This program is for individuals who are personally invited to volunteer for a UCLA Health and/or 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.
If you will be volunteering in a non-clinical research lab or department through the School of Medicine and your volunteer position does NOT involve:
You should be processed through the David Geffen School of Medicine; please click here for more information.
The Ronald Reagan Pre-Assigned Program is for volunteers who have been invited or accepted as a volunteer to assist UCLA Health staff at the Ronald Reagan hospital and/or 200 Medical Plaza for pateint care ONLY. (Does NOT include volunteering for DGSOM faculty/staff, research, shadowing programs (except MAPS), or academic purposes). Please have your supervisor complete an invitation letter (click here) and submit it to the coordinator, Regina Naanos (email@example.com).
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 UCLA Health/DGSOM approved shadowing program.
NOTE: The Direct Referral Program consists of invited or accepted volunteers into programs and/or assignments. The entire program is NOT an approved shadowing program.
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 other programs.
Here is a sample list of Approved Shadowing programs (each has their own acceptance process and recruitment cycle):
All Direct Referral Volunteers must submit a Direct Referral Request Form for approval prior to registering for an on-boarding appointment. Please follow the instructions provided:
On-Boarding Session: Review orientation guide and dress code and more information
For questions regarding the Direct Referral Program, contact Lily Zhang at (310) 267-8534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.