SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I live in a small town so my clinical volunteering is limited to two local hospitals. One hospital only allows volunteers to do clerical work or run the gift shop. The other hospital lets volunteers errands: stock shelves, transport food from the cafeteria to different departments, etc. Both options are going to suck horribly but unless I want to drive an hour or two each way, I'm not going to find anything better. Given this, how often will medical schools expect me to talk about my 'volunteering experience,' and will it be held against me if I tell it like it is and don't embellish or outright lie?