4th Year Clerkship




Our clerkship in emergency medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is three or four weeks long and structured to allow students to have an excellent clinical experience at a world renowned academic medical center and a busy county hospital. Students will spend half of the rotation at each site seeing all types of patients with emergency conditions supervised by our outstanding EM residents and faculty. For guidance throughout this process, students will be paired with EM physicians during each shift.

In addition to an outstanding clinical experience, students will benefit from didactic lectures and case conferences, practicing in our state-of-the-art simulation laboratory, ultrasound teaching, and four to five hours of weekly Emergency Medicine Residency Conference. Students who are considering emergency medicine as a specialty will be offered a resident “big sib” as well the opportunity to meet with residency faculty. Students will receive a comprehensive orientation packet in advance of the rotation, as well as the date and time of in-person orientation.

For a course description, please click here
Our course number is EM320.01

Apply to the Clerkship

This popular UCLA elective tends to fill, especially during July to December, when emergency medicine bound students wish to have the UCLA-Ronald Reagan/Olive View Emergency Medicine experience. Therefore, summer blocks are reserved for students planning a career in EM. We start reviewing application as soon as VSAS opens, which for academic year 2019/2020 will be March 18th. We encourage non-UCLA students to submit their application as soon as possible after this opening date. The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA electives are three weeks in duration. If you would like to do a four-week rotation, simply indicate your preferred dates on the application form and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Visiting US Medical Students: UCLA uses VSAS for US medical students. In addition to the standard VSAS application, please submit a brief letter of intent to our Clerkship Coordinator, explaining your interest in the rotation, and career plans. This letter can be informal and does not have to be on letterhead, etc. Please note that our summer blocks are reserved for students planning a career in EM.

For application information, please click here

If you have any questions, please contact Clerkship Coordinator, Corazon Corona, at cpcorona@mednet.ucla.edu.


Natasha Wheaton, MD
Clerkship Director
Associate Director, Residency Program
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Mark Morocco, MD
Assistant Clerkship Director
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Corazon Corona
Clerkship Coordinator
EM320.01: UCLA-OV Emergency Medicine Elective