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 volunteers work in:

Click Here: MAPS Unit Directory

Volunteers will have the opportunity to:

  • Observe doctors and residents as they complete rounds (e.g. Dr. Vespa on his Neuro Critical Care rounds)
  • Observe and interact with Respiratory Technicians, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists, Nurses, Care Partners, & all other types of hospital 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)
  • Explore various departments & areas in the hospital
  • Gain clinical experience
  • Learn about
    • various professions such as MD, RN, CP, RT, PT, Nursing, Public Health
    • hospital administration
    • patient safety
    • public health – including epidemiology and infectious diseases prevention (nosocomial infections, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA] infections)
  • Observe various medical and clinical procedures (excluding operating room surgeries)
  • Very flexible hours and assignments (can volunteer anytime in the week). There are no specific assigned dates and times for volunteering
  • Meet peers with similar interests at our quarterly meetings & events
  • Obtain a Letter of Recommendations at the end of your volunteering commitment
  • Your observations will be reported directly to charge nurses and unit directors to
    • Increase our patient’s safety
    • Create constant reminder for RRMC staff to follow correct patient safety protocol

Future MAPS Projects that are underway:

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

If there are any questions that we have not answered on our website, please don’t hesitate to contact us at uclamaps@gmail.com. Thank you.