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Volunteering at a Hospital

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by HighOnCoffee, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. HighOnCoffee

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    Hi,
    This is my 1st post. I need advice on hospital volunteer work
    Okay, I am a premed. I asked a nearby hospital (a christian affliated center) for volunteer work. It is the only hospital near my college. And so far, they got back to me with these offers which I guess are nonclinical. Which will look better, given the nonclinical circumstances, on my resume?
    a) Health Information Management Department - pushing papers on patients' records
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    b) working with the Mission Leader/Chaplain of the hospital - I really dont know wht is involved
    Thanks
     
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  3. armybound

    armybound urologist.
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    It doesn't matter which will look better, they'll look about the same. Do whichever one seems most interesting to you.

    I can tell you that I think the mission leader/chaplain part would give a very unique perspective on medicine that not many pre-meds get to see and would probably lead to some interesting interview conversations.
     
  4. flip26

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    I agree with this chaplain gig, plus you need to get your "foot in the door" and network in the hospital for other jobs and shadowing experiences. The really plum volunteer gigs with clinical exposure don't always fall into your lap on the first try...my first gig was sorting patient mail with low patient contact, and then I landed a coveted surgery suite escort gig that has opened many doors for me (one of the surgeons invited me to hang around after my shift this morning to observe a couple of cool operations)...
     
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  5. Akmidnightsun

    Akmidnightsun Won't Save the Village
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    I'd go with the chaplain. You may or may not agree with his or her religious views but your experience with patients will be deeper and more personal than 99% of other hospital volunteers. The chaplains I've had in classes (masters in bioethics) and worked with in the hospital have been excellent teachers, and a lot of the work they do involves helping patients deal with moral/ethical quandaries - you'll have ample fodder for ethics and moral questions. And chaplains, in my experience, also tend to use far broader perspectives to answer those questions than simply quoting dogma. Beyond that, you also can look to the lessons you'll learn from patients as much as anything you'll get from the chaplain.
     
  6. fightinI

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    I agree with the class consensus. Really, you just need to see/do one cool thing in the hospital during your entire college career. After that you just show up to pad the numbers. Sad but true...
     
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    wait, you're actually pre-med?:eek:
     
  8. flip26

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    Not sure what you are asking...PM me if you have any questions...
     

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