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void

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I'm looking at several volunteer applications to hospitals, and although I've filled many out they tell me explicitly that they do not offer "clinical experience" or an opportunity to shadow doctors.

What exactly is clinical experience?

Is it doing routine procedures using machines, checking blood pressure, etc? Is it shadowing a physician? What is it?

I do realize this is a simple question and that this thread won't last long, but I just want this question asked.

Thank you.
 

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Do a quick search in the search function in the upper right hand corner

I bet theres 100 threads on this topic.
 

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I would take LizzyM's signature as a starting point:

"If you are close enough to "smell patients", it is a clinical experience."
 

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I think your hospital is defining clinical experience as clinical care. It would be my guess that as a volunteer you wouldn't be responsible for any patient care, like vitals. That doesn't mean though that you won't have patient contact, through wheeling patients to cars, taking them deliveries from the gift shop, and the like. And for medical school admissions this and any activity which fills the above post's requirement do indeed count as clinical experience.
 
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