Healthcare Volunteering

Volunteering in a Hospital or Clinic

Volunteering in clinical settings are unpaid experience that provide healthcare exposure while allowing you to show a commitment to the profession.

When volunteering in a healthcare setting, students are introduced to the practice of medicine, the day-to-day responsibilities of the health care provider and the patient perspective. Not all healthcare settings will allow volunteers but many hospitals and clinics have opportunities for volunteers (and will publish this information on their website). Volunteer responsibilities vary from location to location. Be sure to review this information as well as eligibility and  time requirements provided by each location.

Near to Florida Southern College are the following healthcare volunteering opportunities:

Outside of Lakeland/Tampa Bay, you can find hospital and clinic volunteer opportunities via a simple Google search. Don't forget to check out the Professional Observation Experiences in Healthcare page for more opportunities.

 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Healthcare providers are the ultimate servant leaders, so it is important that applicants can indicate tangible ways in which they help others. You can show your service orientation in many different ways outside of a hospital or clinic. Students are encouraged to review the information found below:

Local Non-Clinical Volunteering Options VolunteerMatch.Org

International Volunteer Opportunities

(International opportunities may require a substantial fee to participate)

International Medical Volunteer Opportunities International Dental Volunteer Opportunities International Animal Volunteer Opportunities Varied International Volunteer Opportunities  ‚Äč

Notice for all students participating in healthcare experiences abroad: You can face challenges when you travel to other countries if you don’t choose your program wisely and prepare in advance on how to react and behave in situations that may occur while abroad. Please review the following documents regarding appropriate patient care: Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad from the AAMC Finding an Appropriate Global Health Experience (provided with permission from the University of Minnesota) Learning Ethically While Abroad (provided with permission from the University of Minnesota)

Once you Have Secured a Pre-Health Opportunity

  • Complete the Learning Agreement Code of Conduct Form, and HIPPA Training and Quiz found on the Reporting Experiences page and return to the Director of Career Development, lalbaum@flsouthern.edu. Review the Professional Observation Guide for more information.
  • Dress professionally and comfortably. For healthcare settings and labs this means closed-toed shoes and business profession dress (scrubs may also be appropriate depending on the location).
  • Confirm important logistical information with the professional. For example, when will it be appropriate to ask questions? For healthcare settings also establish how you will be introduced to patients and how a patient is asked if you can observe the patient-physician interaction.
  • Once you begin, track important details about your experience! 
  • After the experience, write a thank you note to give the professional on your last day that thanks them for their time. If you think it went well, consider asking for a letter of recommendation right away.

Tracking Your Experiences

Since you will need to report your activities on your future health profession applications, it is important that you keep a journal of your experiences for your own records. You should track experience start/end dates, supervisor information, average hours per week spent in the activity, and your reflections including: great moments, not so great moments, "ah-ha" moments, memorable patients/clients, difficult patients/clients, things you learned about yourself, things you learned about healthcare, hot topics in the field, new philosophies, new technology/devices you were exposed to, etc. Be sure to also notate the names of specific procedure as well as the correct medical/scientific terminology.

Additionally, FSC students majoring in Biology or Chemistry must report all extracurricular activities (even those not being completed for academic credit) to the Director of Career Development.

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Questions? Contact the Director of Career Development, lalbaum@flsouthern.edu.