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    Volunteering question

    Hello, long time lurker. I am currently a junior in a Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program expected to graduate 2025 (this is an undergraduate program). I am currently volunteering in the pathologist laboratory working on grossing specimens (around 150 hours so far). My MLS program allows...
  2. S

    Can I use crocheting in this way for non-clinical volunteering?

    Several months ago I picked up crocheting stuffed animals as a hobby and eventually, I started doing a fundraiser where I make and sell Palestine sunbirds and donate money to charities that provide medical aid for Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank. I only keep a couple dollars from each...
  3. Eris1357

    Question about non-clinical setting patient interaction

    Hello everyone, a club that I volunteer at fulfills the wishes of terminally ill patients, and I was wondering how that would be counted. So far, we have done a lot of house-cleaning for patients, with some other activities on the side (such as Christmas parties for them and their children). The...
  4. E

    Hobby or volunteering?

    I recently acquired a position called “volunteer cook” for an organization helping people with food insecurity, basically a food pantry with some shelter space. I can donate whatever food I want to donate that I’ve made, and so far I’ve mostly been doing cookies and peanut butter jelly...
  5. S

    Is it unwise to volunteer giving out free food with a radical leftist group?

    I have been volunteering cooking and giving out free food with the local chapter of Food Not Bombs. My good friends already work with them and I am a dirty hippie at heart so it's nice to get a break from my clinic job. The stated mission of food not bombs is that money should be redirected from...
  6. idkjustchooseone

    What should I concentrate on next?

  7. T

    Can someone please help me decide between a FT clinical vs research opportunity?

    Hello everyone, First and foremost: thank you for taking the time to read my post and help me out. I am a 28 YO nontrad. I spent the past year scribing in an emergency department and I LOVED IT! My experience prompted me to start in a premedical post bacc program, in which I am in the second...
  8. E

    How to go about filling in the holes in my app? Should I apply now anyway?

    Have been really struggling to interpret my application since I think I have some pretty big gaps in there (namely lack of volunteering, clinical stuff). What schools should I aim for? Northwestern/Columbia would be a dream but not sure how much of a reach those will be. State/Country of...
  9. C

    How to categorize virtual patient education?

    Hi everyone, I am currently volunteering with a free clinic to provide virtual diabetes/nutrition education to Spanish Speaking patients. I give the presentation to the clinic's patients and also serve as an interpreter for the clinic's nutritionist. During these meetings, I get to really learn...
  10. L

    PTCAS Volunteer Experience Question

    I'm adding volunteer experience in PTCAS. One volunteer position I held was at my Church and I did it for around eight years (2012 - 2020). From what I've heard, schools like to see recent experience (like just the volunteer work done in undergrad). So I'm wondering if I should put all eight...
  11. entireparsley

    Question about Volunteering Hours

    I volunteer at an organization that collects donated food from businesses in Manhattan and delivers the food to local homeless shelters and food banks. Note, I have a leadership role in this organization. This is not a very time-consuming process. Probably about 30-45 minutes. However, I spend...
  12. R

    Participants for Focus Group on Medical Communication

    Focus Group on Medical Communication Are you a medical student interested in patient communication? Do you want to to develop your communication skills? This study on medical communication could be a chance for you to engage with this important aspect of clinical practice. I am conducting...
  13. Snoop32

    Volunteer/Service Mission Abroad

    Hello! Have a question about one of my most meaningful experiences. Thank you so much for helping me out. Spring break of my freshman year, I did a mission trip through my school to a children’s home/orphanage in a developing country. We raised money, and also had most of the trip covered by my...
  14. lialalala

    Which clinical experience should I have?

    My specs aren't great, but the following is what I have so far (all happened before COVID): 1. volunteering at the hospital at the front desk - greet and escort patients / push wheelchairs at outpatient infusion - clean beds and rooms / restock items / bring items the...
  15. 444zane3

    Volunteering LoR Question?

    Hey Guys, I've been volunteering at a hospice care for a few years and have a good reputation. However, the volunteer coordinators always quit after 4-5 months so the current volunteer coordinators doesn't personally know me too well. None of the patients I visit are in-house, so the staff of...
  16. I

    No Clinical Opportunities?

    I have called so many clinics and hospitals near me in the past months and even checked in periodically. However, they all either say they are not accepting volunteers because of Covid or that they are not taking any medical assistants/scribes. I'm crazy stressed about it. Is this just happening...
  17. C

    Research, clinical, non-clinical, EC, and volunteer hours

    How many research, clinical, non-clinical, EC, and volunteer hours should I have to get into competitive schools like NYU or the like? I know the obvious answer is a lot or "many" but how many hours (roughly) would you say the average applicant applying to competitive schools has? How many...
  18. G

    How do I spin my "voluntourism"?

    Long story short, I did 2.5 years at a university thinking I wanted to go to medical school but due to a lack of study skills, motivation, depression, etc. I did not have the highest GPA. Realizing that I really needed to reevaluate my priorities I took a semester (which turned into 2 years) off...
  19. bikinitop

    Volunteer Hrs - How few is too few hours to list?

    I'm applying DO this cycle (after a gap year or two) and was preparing to submit but I reviewed my Experiences section and realized my volunteer hours are scattered across many organizations and are few. How few volunteer hours are too few to list with a specific organization? Since I have so...
  20. N

    Virtual volunteering during pandemic- does it count?

    I am obtaining non-clinical volunteer hours for a non profit organization that provides aid to the less fortunate affected by natural disasters worldwide. However, I began volunteering a month ago and I am a social media advocate so it is entirely virtual. I am wondering if even after the...
  21. D

    Do you think I even stand a chance at med school?

  22. X

    What are Some Examples of NonTraditional Ways of Earning Clinical Volunteer Experience?

    For example, does transporting patients with cancer from Site A to Site B count as clinical volunteer experience? This is assuming that the driver is in direct contact with the patients. What are some other examples of gaining clinical exposure that are unheard/unrealized of? This will...
  23. D

    Clinical experience?

    Once volunteers are allowed back in my local hospitals, I’m planning to start volunteering again. I volunteered in high school and a typical day would be patient transport (“wheelchair escort”) and delivering ice to patients in their rooms. Does this count as clinical volunteer experience? I’m...
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    VOLUNTEER opportunity during COVID-19 pandemic

    Hi everyone, here's a much needed volunteer opportunity from Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, Florida: URGENT PLEA FOR HELP from Larkin Community Hospital!!! We urgently need Volunteers to be a Contact Tracers. Volunteers from any geographic location in the US or abroad are welcome...
  25. elloL

    3.96 CGPA, 3.92 SGPA, MA resident - Applying to Harvard Medical 2021

    Hello, this is the first post that I've created. I have been reading SDN posts since my Junior year of high school, but as admissions deadlines near, I have decided to start using it more seriously. A little bit about myself: I am 22 F, Caribbean black, bisexual 1st generation, bilingual with...
  26. Cameronfen

    A site to mobilize volunteers to fight Coronavirus

    I have a non-profit website that allows people who want to volunteer/work/collaborate to fight coronavirus and connect with hospitals, research labs, or even households. Those that need volunteers can put in their location and we will provide them with a list of people nearby. Anyone in the US...
  27. postponemastudentloan

    Non clinical volunteering

    Hi guys, I am currently volunteering in a hospital & was going to switch to a free clinic because I can actually use my nursing license to help out there. However, I haven’t started any nonclinical volunteering. What are some types of good nonclinical volunteering? thanks!
  28. Doctoscope

    Having to PAY to volunteer...?

    The COPE Health Scholars program has a "tuition" of $225 (which goes up to $500 if you want a 3-month program), plus a $20 application fee, AND you need to bring in your own CPR training certificate, which is like another 50-60 bucks. Is this normal?? Thought about just paying the money since...
  29. Tiff-of-knee

    experience contact info on OptomCAS

    What happens if I don't provide the contact info of my supervisors when filling in my "experiences" page? What happens if I don't hit "Yes" for the "Release Authorization (May we contact this organization?)" question? Is it favorable to provide contact info and Release Authorization? Thank you...
  30. G

    Future end dates for volunteer/clinical hours on med school application?

    I was wondering if we can put the end date of our volunteer/clinical hours as being the end of college, which would be about a year after applications are sent out. Of course, only do so if it is true, but still, how would admissions committees look at that? Would the hours count and carry the...
  31. M

    Unsatisfying Volunteer Experiences

  32. D

    Clinical Volunteering

    Hi, I was wondering if volunteering at a health and rehab center for seniors counts as clinical volunteering. Or is clinical volunteering strictly in a hospital? Thank you
  33. R

    My volunteer position at a hospice has zero medical/clinical tasks for me. Should I volunteer somewhere else?

    I'm putting in about 40 hours a month. First of all, I'm really enjoying my work -emotionally rough as it often is- ,and I have been told by my patients that they're grateful for my help. I'll continue seeing the patients I have as long as they want me to. The problem is that I'm only allowed...
  34. P

    How to include volunteering aboard?

    So to be clear, this is not a clinical/medical experience aboard. I am in Italy for two months and have been working in a food kitchen. I think I have escaped to woes of voluntourism because I am here for a long time and it is work I am qualified to do. In total, I will have worked 120 hours. I...
  35. 9

    Dental Experience Hours

    Hello all! I just had a quick question: I am applying to dental school this cycle, and I have the following amount of dental experience hours: Shadowing my family dentist: ~28 hrs Shadowing an oral surgeon’s practice: ~76hrs Shadowing a pediatric dentist: ~28 hrs Volunteering as a dental...
  36. M

    Continue research or increase volunteer hours - low gpa URM

    With my cGPA = 3.2 and sGPA =2.7 as well as being an African American woman, I understand that my best chance of acceptance is at schools that are more service based than research based. By the time I apply next year, I am set to have 150 clinical volunteering hours ( hospital ED and hospice)...
  37. 8HourStudier

    Does volunteering I did when in high school count if I continue it in college?

    I have around 650 hours of volunteering I gained throughout high school at one of the top hospitals. All were direct patient contact (listed as so under my position) and about 50 of the hours are clinical (rest were non-clinical as I didn’t do anything MEDICAL regarding the patients I believe)...
  38. Kobethegoat24

    Really need help with dental school list?

    My stats: GPA: 3.88 DAT: 21 AA, 21 TS, 18 PAT (unfortunately also 16 QR) URM Volunteering: about 54 hours Shadowing: about 52 hours Virginia resident After giving it a lot of thought I have decided to wait until July to...
  39. M

    Adcoms- Listing volunteering on amcas

    So I started a non-clinical volunteer position summer before the 9th grade and was a full time summer volunteer for 5 years and did part time work since (currently a college junior). Is it fine to put the date range as 2012-2019 865 hours and then explain in the description part when my full...
  40. Nik_Died

    SMP or Informal Post-bacc. GPA 2.8/3.1, DAT 20

    Hey everybody! First I want to say I really appreciate anytime you put in to reading/ replying to my post. Thank you in advance. I'm not asking about my chances per se, just looking for advice: SMP or informal local Postbacc. (BTW i’ve read EVERYTHING about my position here on SDN), but here’s a...