Do I need to volunteer? (non-trad with healthcare work experience)

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I don't think you do... I had no volunteer experience as a RN when I applied.
 

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Honestly, if you look into most school's mission statements, they want candidates with a dedication to service.
So I would say having some non-clinical volunteering is important. Find a cause that matters to you. If you like animals, volunteer at the SPCA, tutor at the YMCA, etc. There's so much out there.
 
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You may or may not need to depending on your numbers and experiences. I wouldn't do it if it's such a hassle for you. I've gained so many residual benefits from volunteering and it's really steered me towards certain things I want to do in the future. The tasks I have at my volunteering spots are menial to me, but the philosophy of the organizations really pushes me forward. I understood the goal was much bigger than what I'm doing, but I felt great being able to contribute. I had to drive almost 2 hours round trip for one organization, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I still do it weekly.
 
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If you can find a few hours in your schedule to use to give back to your community, do it. If you're looking into psychiatry consider volunteering for a suicide hotline, crisis center, NSF event, or OOD walk.
 

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Volunteering and clinical experience are really two different components that people often kill with one stone. Most schools want to see some sort of community service type volunteering stuff. Youve got the clinical experience down I think, but if there's something outside of medicine that interests you like animal shelter, food bank, mentoring kids, etc a few hours a week I'd do that. If nothing else its a nice break from the hospital environment.
 
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Nope, your clinical bona-fides are excellent.



Hello SDN,

27 y.o. pre-med here. I have 2 years of experience working in a medically-oriented group home while in college and 5 years of experience working full-time in an in-patient mental health unit as a psych-tech in a hospital since graduating from undergrad in 2010. My GPA is solid (3.92) and I have performed strongly on standardized tests in the past. I have started to shadow doctors and will be setting up more shadowing. Do I need to be volunteering or is my work experience enough? I spent the past 2 months volunteering 3 hours a week in a hospital but quit because it just felt so redundant with the experience I already have. Should I be seeking out some non health-care volunteer experience or is this unnecessary? I have no desire to do so but I will definitely do it if it is a hoop that I must jump through... I am also not interested in research at all.

My goal is to become a psychiatrist. I will be applying to a mix of MD/DO programs next year but am leaning more toward the DO side.

Thanks,
Mike
 
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Nope, your clinical bona-fides are excellent.
I agree. I had ZERO volunteer experience... I worked as a nurse for 7 years and I went to a couple interviews and no one asked me about any volunteer experience... They all asked me about my nursing experience.
 
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