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User Topic: Ideas for volunteer opportunities in a healthcare setting...?
Want2help
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Question  Posted: 6:11 PM, February 17th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Good evening, collective wisdom of SI!

I'm a university student, and my major is Public Health. In an effort to get into the Global Epidemiology grad school program I am applying to next year, I will be applying for an internship abroad in September.

That internship wants work/volunteer experience in "a healthcare setting".

I have never worked or volunteered in a healthcare setting, and I need some ideas. What positions are available to volunteers? What is required to apply for these positions?

For a little background, I am particularly interested in communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, etc.) and reproductive health (condoms, birth control), if that helps. I'm a junior, and have lots of course work in health/disease and some laboratory training.

I know there are quite a few members who are in healthcare here, so any information you have would be invaluable. If you'd rather om, feel free.

Thank you in advance, SI!


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cmego
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Default  Posted: 8:49 PM, February 17th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Call you local hospitals, they have entire departments of volunteers. I don't think you will get a lot of direct patient contact, but you will at least get to be in and around the health care setting. Also try your local free clinic and see if they need a volunteer. It will probably be clerical, but it is a start!


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mysticpenguin
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Default  Posted: 9:49 PM, February 17th (Monday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hospices always need volunteers and often offer positions with direct patient contact. It is tough tough work though.

Browse volunteermatch.org, I think the new government site is serve.gov, and look into americorps programs as they are often involved in public health.

If there is a planned parenthood near you, a volunteer position there would help with the condoms/HIV/etc experience as they typically do quite a bit of counseling in those areas (amongst others of course)

Good luck!!!


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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 10:20 AM, February 18th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

AS a former Candy stripper I can say that volunteering in a health setting can be a great learning experience.

contact local hospitals, and ask for the volunteer dept. They have all kinds of things they have volunteers do. From being the welcome person at the front desk giving out directions, to transporting patients in wheelchairs from one department to another, to actually being on the floor and making beds, filling ice pitchers, etc.

It is very rewarding, and fun work. Let them know what your interest is, and they may be able to pair you up with something along that line.


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Pentup
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Default  Posted: 11:27 AM, February 18th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Call or go to your local health dept. and see if they could use an intern.
Look up Ryan White in your area, there should be an HIV education group. They may need an intern.

These would be more specific to your goals than a hospital setting.


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Skye
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Default  Posted: 7:00 PM, February 18th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Check for free clinics in your area. They depend on volunteers and should have many choices for you.

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jemimapd
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Default  Posted: 7:09 PM, February 18th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

tushnurse, I think you may actually have been a Candy Striper?

But if you were a Candy Stripper, we really need a photo.


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StrongerOne
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Default  Posted: 9:53 PM, February 18th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Visit your school's career center.
Meet with the health professions or pre med advisor.
Speak with your professors.
Look up all of the professor and graduate students in related fields on yr school's website to see what they are researching, areas of internet, publications, service affiliations, that sort of thing, then go talk to the ones doing things that are interesting to you.

Given your interests, you should also do this with faculty and grad students in women's studies, gender studies, social work, poli Sci and or public policy, anthropology.

If your grades are good, you really should be meeting with your school's advisor for distinguished scholarships and fellowships. There's boodles of money out there for people who want to work in the areas you listed. If you are female or a person of color, so much the better, as there are programs to get people in these categories into these fields, where they are quite underrepresented.

Also, if you are female and a non traditional aged student, you might check into AAUW, American Association of University Women, which has good scholarships for graduate work for non traditional aged women.

And, as I said at first, go to your school's career center and speak with one of the professional staff. You really need someone to help you lay out a plan for these kinds of experiences, putting together a résumé, etc etc.

I advise my first year students to do these things. Definitely do them! Make the time -- it will really be worth it.


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atsenaotie
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Default  Posted: 10:26 PM, February 18th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Most all hospitals have volunteer programs. For your interest in epidemiology, our Infection Prevention/Epidemiology department needs help on data entry and pulling reports for new reporting requirements, I suspect others do too. You might also look into community HIV AIDS programs like Steven White. Also consider your county health department.


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Want2help
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Default  Posted: 12:42 AM, February 19th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

You guys are the absolute best!

Also try your local free clinic and see if they need a volunteer. It will probably be clerical, but it is a start!

This is a great idea, we live in an area that has a high level of immigrants (to work in agriculture), and we have many free clinics.

Hospices always need volunteers and often offer positions with direct patient contact. It is tough tough work though.

LOTS of hospice opportunities. I just don't think I could do it (then a little voice says "If not you, then who?"). I lost my father (what feels like recently) 8 years ago, when I was young, and haven't dealt with death well since.

Browse volunteermatch.org,

Thank you, I just checked this out and found some great stuff on there!

If there is a planned parenthood near you, a volunteer position there would help with the condoms/HIV/etc experience as they typically do quite a bit of counseling in those areas

I filled out an application for PP, but they have no openings for volunteers listed on their national website. I would imagine they are being very selective, since so many opponents try to "infiltrate" them.

Tushnurse, thank you!

Look up Ryan White in your area, there should be an HIV education group.

Thank you, I found two! One is outreach, and although it sounds right up my alley personally, it wouldn't be in a healthcare setting. The other is a clean needle exchange/education, instructing IV drug users on how to use safely, if it's in a clinic I will be applying for that.

If your grades are good, you really should be meeting with your school's advisor for distinguished scholarships and fellowships.

My grades are excellent, and I am on full scholarship (non-traditional female student), but I will definitely be following every piece of advice that you gave, StrongerOne. I have yet to be to our career center, I guess it's about time.

For your interest in epidemiology, our Infection Prevention/Epidemiology department needs help on data entry and pulling reports for new reporting requirements, I suspect others do too.

Excellent advice, thank you!

Thanks everyone, this is all in an effort to improve my application for my internship abroad, which is an attempt to improve my grad school application, which is an attempt to get me started on a life abroad in epidemiology.

Thanks, everyone, I am so grateful for all of the advice!


BS- me.
FWS- him.
DDay 6/07 (immediately separated)
RDay 8/07
OC born 3/08
OC Adopted 2014

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tushnurse
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Default  Posted: 8:12 AM, February 19th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

One last thought.....
Any place you volunteer at now will look at your past history when you go to get a job, and most places do keep track of when you come and go, and if your attendance is good, and you get noticed, it will likely make you a better candidate for a job than someone who has not worked there in any capacity.


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