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volunteering at a hospital

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by dreamloverXx, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. dreamloverXx

    dreamloverXx over the rainbow 2+ Year Member

    Jan 24, 2007
    hello everyone,
    i am trying to look for some volunteering opportunities at hospitals but most of the opportunities are like helping with recreations, delivering mails, helping the patients to test rooms, etc. I don't see anything about assisting a dentist...Would volunteering to do the activities above be helpful for dental school admissions?
    Also, I am a dental assistant. Do I still need to shadow?
    Thank you in advance.
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  3. Mstoothlady2012

    Mstoothlady2012 5+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2007
    i m doin voluntary work at hospital & basically what i do is discharge patients, take specimens to lab, take patient from one room to another, deliver flowers etc basically floor work...that is not exactly realted to dental but it still helps my communicating skills...because i have to talk to patients & take care of them....i learn how to start conversation out of nowhere to a stranger who i just met befoe 5 secs...& to make them feel comfortable...which is kind of what dentist it looks good in application & shows that u care about ur community. And since u r an assistant i dont think u need to do shadowing unless lets say if u r working for a gen. dentist & u want to see what goes on in a speciality clinic eg. orthodontic, oral surgeon etc. then u mite wana try it out! i hope this helps!
  4. reapply2007

    reapply2007 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    There was a thread a couple weeks ago where someone said that with 10 years of assitant experience they were accepted to D-school with two years of undergrad. As an assistant I would say the only reason to shadow would be to expose yourself to other areas of practice, different offices, and different specialties.
    Volunteering at a hospital is great. You get to learn how to behave in a healthcare setting and you get to hone patient and family contact skills. Plus, it's volunteer time. Plus you get to do some good for some people who need it.
  5. SugarNaCl

    SugarNaCl Dental Student Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    Akron, OH
    You probably have enough experience through dental assisting. I volunteered at hospitals, received my EMT-Basic-Defibrillation training, volunteered at the Red Cross, started a medical fraternity. I don't know if ANY of that helped! As a matter of fact, when I volunteered at the local VA hospital, they had me reminding patients of their appointments (yawn), transporting blood from the pathology lab and to top this off, opening occult blood cards (stool samples) and recording the information down on their (biohazard) computer! Oh, the life I have lived! :rolleyes: Summary of my, blood and poop...but I have mad skills at using the difibrillator... white to right, red to ribs, what's left over to the left shoulder.
  6. messenger

    messenger Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2006
    just remember that it SEEMS that adcoms dont care what you did as long as you were volunteering/helping out in the community...shows you care, want to help, like people, are personable, etc..

    i also think you are getting enough shadowing as an assistant, so on the app you can put both together...youre all set.

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