2+ Year Member
- Aug 8, 2017
Hi, first time poster, long time lurker here. I was wondering about how important the distinction between clinical and non-clinical volunteering opportunities is. For a little background, I am in the process of starting some new volunteering opportunities. I have many more clinically related experiences, from a combination of both paid work and volunteering, than I do non-clinical volunteering experiences. I am very fortunate to have been offered a position as a volunteer to give companionship and support to out of town patients suffering from various types of cancer and their families as they settle in to the city I live in while they receive treatment. This is something that I am genuinely excited about because it fits very well into one of my main motivations to pursue medicine. However, I will not be able to do both this opportunity and pick up another long term non-clinically based volunteering opportunity. Should I focus on finding a non-clinical volunteering position, as I do not have as many experiences in that realm, or should I just go with the current position as I already feel like it will be a very valuable learning experience?