Why should I join MAPS?

The MAPS Program is the largest student-run organization in the Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Its service in monitoring patient safety procedures carried out by doctors, nurses, care partners, and other medical professionals across all units of the RRMC has made it a model followed by other volunteer programs in hospitals all across the nation (see MAPS featured in Academic MedicineMAPS featured in UCLA magazine, MAPS featured in Daily Bruin, and MAPS featured in RRMC Employee News).

Departments/Floors that you get to volunteer on:

Click Here: MAPS Unit Directory

(Not including shadowing Physician Rounding Team in Internal Medicine Dept. and Neurosurgery Dept.)

Volunteers will have the opportunity to:

  • Observe doctors and residents as they make rounds
  • Observe one particular doctor, Dr. Vespa, repeatedly on his Neuro Critical Care rounds
  • Observe Phlebotomists, Respiratory Technicians, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists
  • Observe Nurses, Care Partners, & all other staff members on:
    • All the regular floors
    • Intensive Care Units (ICU)
    • Emergency Department (ED)
    • Neurological Rehabilitation and Research Unit (NRRU)
    • Pediatrics, Maternity, Neuroscience, Medicine, Cardiothorasic Unit, Hematology, Surgical Units, Newborn
    • Post anesthesia care unit (PACU)
    • Gonda Diagnostic Observation and Treatment Unit (DOT)
  • Interact with all types of hospital staff members
  • Explore various departments & areas in the hospital
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience
  • Learn about various professions such as MD, RN, CP, RT, PT, Nursing, Public Health
  • Learn about hospital administration
  • Learn about patient safety
  • Learn about public health & patient safety – including epidemiology and infectious diseases prevention (nosocomial infections, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA] infections)
  • Observe various medical and clinical procedures (does not include operating room surgeries)
  • Very flexible hours and assignments (can volunteer whenever in the week)
  • No specific assigned dates and times for volunteering
  • Meet peers with similar interests at our monthly meetings & events
  • Obtain Letter of Recommendations at the end of your volunteering experience
  • Your observations will be reported directly to charge nurses and unit directors
    • Increase our patient’s safety
    • Create constant reminder for RRMC staff to follow correct patient safety protocol

Future MAPS Projects that we are working on:

  • Expand Physician Attending Rounding Programs
  • Expand into other units at the Santa Monica Hospital location

If there are any questions after exploring our website, please don’t hesitate to contact our MAPS Program at uclamaps@gmail.com. Thank you.