Has anyone else had a hard time getting hooked up with hospital-based volunteer opportunities? It seems the hospitals in my area (north side of Chicago) are too busy to even deal with inquiries! I have given myself plenty of time to get started on volunteering - I filled out a bunch of apps a couple of months ago and have played phone tag with some offices and have just not heard back from others. I am amazed that this is so difficult. I finally started the process at one place and came out of a TB test/blood draw looking like a druggie b/c of what the blood taker did to my arm - 9 days later, I still have a very visible bruise on my arm! Anyway, just venting some frustration and wondering if anyone has tips on how to actually get beyond all of this nonsense and start volunteering. I am going to see my physician (DO) tomorrow and plan to talk to her about shadowing her during the upcoming year.