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Easy question, the best clinical exp is the one u get paid to do... hands downSo I'm going home for the summer. I got a spiffy internship program for the week, and I'm looking to volunteer at my local hospitals during the evenings/on weekends.
The hospital program gives me the chance to volunteer 4h/week. They suggested the following for me:
Emergency Room Volunteer- probably patient transport, patient liaison work talking/reading to patients and making them comfortable
Pediatrics Volunteer: This is on a strictly outpatient basis. Work with children who are current in treatment-- read to them, play games, comfort them as they go through chemo.
So I know in both cases you can "smell the patients," but would the pediatrics experience be considered fully clinical since I'm not really doing anything medically related? I'm mostly just hanging out with the children in the hospital.
Which would be a stronger clinical experience? I would love to do either.
Also, would it look bad that I'm only doing it for the summer? I've read through past threads that adcoms don't like it when you only volunteer for a few months, but here, I really have no choice. And I do have free clinic experience (1.5 years) back at school, if continuity/dedication to something is an issue.