Gain Experience


Classroom knowledge is both necessary and beneficial for a career in the medical, dental, or veterinary fields, but experience gained in local hospitals, clinics, practices, and social service agencies inspires our students to continue on the path to dental, medical or veterinary school. Our students reap both personal and professional rewards in their volunteer experiences during the program, and we require a 4-6 hour commitment per week during the fall semester for this very reason. We assist students as they research and apply to volunteer opportunities in the Los Angeles area.

Past student volunteer experiences include:

  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
  • City of Hope
  • Huntington Memorial Hospital
  • Lestonnac Free Clinic
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center
  • Los Angeles Free Clinic

Francesca Hernandez"Vertebrate Physiology was such a fascinating class because, for the first time in the Program, we started to touch on the human body and disease. When I started shadowing third-year residents at the Pomona Valley Hospital Health Center in spring semester, it was very rewarding to be able to apply what I was learning in class to what I saw in the patient exam rooms."

Francesca Hernandez, Class of 2011
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2012-2016)