Visiting Medical Students

The UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine welcomes 4th year medical students from all across the country who are interested in pursuing residency training in Anesthesiology.

Why UCLA?

We believe the clinical experience is unlike anywhere else in the country. UCLA is a world-class institution, and is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 hospitals in the country by US News & World Report. This is partly due to the expertise of our surgeons across several subspecialties. You will experience complex and challenging clinical scenarios that you may not experience in other institutions. You will also interact and learn from our expert faculty, all excellent clinicians who also happen to be leaders of state and national anesthesiology organizations, medical device inventors, and recognized researchers working on fundamental topics in neuroscience and cardiovascular disease.

Do you have specific interests?

From combined multi-organ transplants to complex neurovascular surgery, we can satisfy most interests. Simply let us know during your rotation, and we will do our best to optimize your exposure to those fields during your time with us.

You will also have the opportunity to experience our UCLA Simulation Center (https://www.sim.ucla.edu/). We have simulations tailored specifically for medical students and you will be an active participant in a session designed just for you and your fellow students.

Students who complete a subinternship at UCLA are able to see for themselves all of the other opportunities we are able to provide our residents.

We strongly believe spending time in a department is the best way to understand the culture and determine if it is the right place for you to spend the next 4 years of your training. Students who have done well on their subinternship have an excellent chance to match at UCLA for residency. In recent years, an average of 40% of our incoming residency class have been composed of former subinterns.

What do former subinterns say about the rotation?

  • "I really appreciated all the teaching from residents and attendings. I learned a lot and felt very welcome by the entire staff."

  • "I absolutely loved my rotation at UCLA. The high-level of teaching by the attendings and residents was unbelievable."

  • "I feel I have a much better understanding of anesthesiology, and this [rotation] has confirmed my desire to continue learning by entering a residency in anesthesiology."

  • "This was my favorite rotation of the year."

Visiting medical students who are interested in pursuing a rotation in the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine may apply through VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service. To obtain information about the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA's supplemental document requirements, application deadlines, and fees, or to view detailed elective course descriptions, please visit http://medschool.ucla.edu/current-visiting-students.

If you have any questions, please contact the Medical Student Coordinator, Susan Kim, either by phone at (310) 267-8667 or via email at SMKim@mednet.ucla.edu. You may also reach the Course Director, Dr. John Shin, via email at JShin@mednet.ucla.edu.