Medical Student Elective Opportunities

The Department of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center offers several elective clerkships for visiting medical students. Application for these must go through the Office of Education, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Please note all additional requirements for Harbor-UCLA applications as explained on the UCLA website including but not limited to a clinical letter of recommendation.


This is a singular opportunity to work in the exciting frontier of Emergency Psychiatry. The Psychiatry Emergency Service (PES) at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center typifies the stimulating and rapidly evolving environment of this field. The PES is the referral center for an estimated 2.3 million Los Angeles County residents. In this busy emergency setting, medical students are exposed to a wealth of clinical material and gain experience with a wide spectrum of psychiatric disorders, in addition to performing consultations to the hospital’s medical emergency departments. You will be able to learn the art of crisis intervention and the management of acute psychotic agitation from an experienced group of emergency psychiatric attending staff and residents. We have a newly remodeled emergency room and a supportive multidisciplinary team of psychiatric attendings and residents, nurses, and social workers. This is a wonderful experience, one that is not offered in many training programs. (For further information about the Emergency Psychiatry Elective, see below.)


The inpatient psychiatric services at Harbor-UCLA consist of two locked inpatient units: 8-West, a 24-bed unit, and 1-South, a 14-bed unit, both with an average length of stay of one to two weeks. Stude