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Hi All,
I spoke to my Pre-Med advisior today. and she said to get some Non-clinical Volunteering under my belt. So I wanted to know what would be a ideal # of hours volunteering.
 

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jeeze, it's been a while.. but I know I did habitat for humanity a few weekends, for a couple years ina row.

Honestly, I really didn't have much non-clin volunteering, almost all my ECs were involving EMT work, doctor shadowing, and my neuroscience lab research/thesis.
 

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jeeze, it's been a while.. but I know I did habitat for humanity a few weekends, for a couple years ina row.

Honestly, I really didn't have much non-clin volunteering, almost all my ECs were involving EMT work, doctor shadowing, and my neuroscience lab research/thesis.
Maybe I have SDN syndrome, but I was thinking "is it Really that Important?"
habitat sounds cool, did you need any training, or can you sum up what you did, that would be awesome!
 

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Maybe I have SDN syndrome, but I was thinking "is it Really that Important?"
habitat sounds cool, did you need any training, or can you sum up what you did, that would be awesome!
I'm pretty sure it's important to have at least ONE non-clin volunteering gig, and to have some activities that are non-clin related. Adcom committees want to make sure you're "not a robot" (my interviewer's words...this is DO school though).

I had my sports (rowing), and a couple little clubs, as activities, and the habitat for my volunteering.

Habitat is easy as pie. Most of the time, they simply have the "kids" do the demolition work....getting hammer/crowbars, and ripping apart whatever dilapidated house needs destroying. I remember some kids (not myself) drank some beers and had a grand old time :laugh::thumbdown:

But seriously, habitat is easy as pie. My sports team did it as a group and it was a lot of fun. Get some people together, I'm sure there's a club at your school.
 

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Demolition FTW!!
That sounds like a perfect Sunday Afternoon, since football season is over.
 

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I hate the outside world :(

My non-clinical volunteering is going to include running noobs through Gnomeregan.
 
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I hate the outside world :(

My non-clinical volunteering is going to include running noobs through Gnomeregan.
Hahaha... funny, i quit playing just last year. I really wish I could list all the days i put in this "EC" :D
 
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I spoke to my Pre-Med advisior today. and she said to get some Non-clinical Volunteering under my belt. So I wanted to know what would be a ideal # of hours volunteering.
If you don't have a car in Lisle, you might be limited in what you can get involved in. For a regular (weekly) volunteer gig, consider walking across the street and doing some tutoring at the HS. Doing something for 2-4 hours per week would be fine.
 

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Most of my volunteering is non-clinical. Do something with kids; they're a blast to be around and they always put you in a good mood. Plus, what looks better than someone who enjoys working with children?

Your school should have a volunteer center. Go check it out you should find some really cool stuff that you'll enjoy doing.
 

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To demonstrate my amazing aptitude for helping the unwashed masses, I'm going to do water station maintenance in the desert 1 saturday/week.

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There's no magic number, but find something you like and will stick with.

It can be surprisingly hard to find a good volunteering gig, if you ask me. A lot of places don't ever get back to you. Your library might be a good place to look. I'm about to start as a volunteer GED tutor there in about a week or two.
 

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Hey I was wondering If I became a T.A. for Anatomy for like 3-4 semesters (1 sem would be for credit, and the rest would be volunteering) would that count as Non-Clinical?
 

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Hey I was wondering If I became a T.A. for Anatomy for like 3-4 semesters (1 sem would be for credit, and the rest would be volunteering) would that count as Non-Clinical?
I wouldn't really think so. It's still pretty medical-related. I think of non-clinical volunteering as more of something that is completely unrelated to medicine. Anatomy is pretty important in medicine.

I have volunteered for the past 2 years as a youth soccer coach at a local church. I grew up playing soccer and enjoy teaching the game, so it was perfect for me. I didn't even really think about how it would look on a med school app, it was just something I enjoyed and wanted to do.
 

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ok, how about Volunteering at a Retirement home? It's affiliated with my University. here are some of the task taken from the website:
Welcoming visitors.
Leading an exercise program, prayer group, active games, creative arts, computer training or music program.
Doing clerical work.
Interact with residents during meal time by helping in Dining Services.
Escorting residents to activities.
 

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If you interact with the clients, generally, it's clinical. Office work, greeting visitors=nonclinical.

Except teaching the clients is probably nonclinical (music, computer, exercize, etc.)
Thank you so much. Got it thanks