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What volunteer work do you do?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by spacecowgirl, May 4, 2004.

  1. spacecowgirl

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    I know we're all an altruistic bunch, so tell me - where do you volunteer? Especially those of you in pharm school already, it might give some pre-pharms some good ideas :)


    I volunteer through ASP at a free med clinic and did immunizations this year.

    I also volunteer at a wildlife center that rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals (obviously not part of pharmacy school - although we do administer the occasional bird or small mammal pharmaceutical!).
     
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    I'm a volunteer at the local humane society, although I haven't actually volunteered in quite some time. I'm still registered as one, and this summer I will be spending more time there.

    Also, I was a chatroom host online for almost a year.

    I volunteered one day at the free clinic here in town, and man, was it scary! I just felt very uncomfortable there, and after my 3 hours were up, I left and never went back. :scared:
     
  3. ultracet

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    I volunteered a lot in undergrad with different organizations such as big brothers big sisters, clothing banks, etc.

    In pharmacy school I am an officer in many organizations and that is where my community service comes in.
    I don't do any volunteering on my own anymore. There is simply not enough time.
     
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    Every year I do a bunch of random volunteering work (usually a once or twice-a-year thing)-- sorting out donations at Goodwill and at food banks, removing invasing plants at parks, community clean-ups, etc etc.

    On a normal basis, however, I volunteer at an outpatient pharmacy at a hospital and also as a patient-transporter at another hospital. :)
     
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    I'm a pre-pharmacy major.. but I've done a lot of volunteer work at nursing homes, elderly events *like ice cream socials, etc*, within the church.. and the big booster.. EMT for an ambulance! If you don't have time to volunteer to an ambulance because of the load, stress, children, etc. I recommend volunteering with an EMT/EMS to help with bookwork and even driving.. If anyone lives in the Peoria, IL area.. I would be honored to help you get a volunteering job with my local ambulance. We are in need of more helpers...
     
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    I have volunteered with Literacy Volunteers (teaching adults to read) and with County Health Department giving free immunizations to children. Both experiences were with the county. I have a friend who is bilingual who received $10 gift certificates to a grocery store for her time helping with the immunizations. It was still considered "volunteering" because there was no cash compensation. Score!
     
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    I noticed that a lot of you have volunteering experience other than traditional pharmacy stuff... Do pharm schools want you to have a lot of pharmacy volunteering experience, or just a lot of volunteering in general? What is the typical amount of pharmacy exposure most people have before applying to pharm school?
     
  8. spacecowgirl

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    I have no doubt that volunteer work of any type looks good on a resume, however, I would hope you volunteer because you want to, not just to look good on paper ;) Some schools look solely at GPA and PCAT, some don't. I volunteer because it feels good to do something good.
     
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    I would hope that any volunteer work is acceptable. I volunteer in areas other than pharmacy, because I'm already a pharmacy tech full-time with many years of experience in many fields of pharmacy. For me, I think it would be a bit redundant if I were to volunteer in a pharmacy. :)
     
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    I was just asking because I love volunteering in the Pediatric ward :love: I really like volunteering, but unfortunately I have more non-pharm volunteering than pharm-related experience... guess that's something I can work on over the summer...
     
  11. spacecowgirl

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    LabBrat - I think that sounds like great volunteer experience! Good for you :) Do what you love, like I said. Pharmacy work experience is helpful if you can do that, even if it's shadowing someone for a few weeks.
     
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    :laugh: I also volunteer at a free clinic. My second time there, the director looked at me in surprise and said "You came back!" I've been going there for over a year, and I'll really miss it when I leave soon. :(

    here's what I do:
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=99905
     
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    I volunteered 2-3x a week for four years at a center, distributing food and clothing to non-english-speaking mexican (during the week) and asian (during the weekend) immigrant families. Also did a bunch of other community service events but this was the one thing I did consistently for a long period of time.
     

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