发信人: otud (otud), 信区: Pre_med
标 题: Volunteer Orientation.
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jan 20 00:52:25 2011, 美东)
I want to share my experience starting with volunteer orientation. I am
excited because it is my first volunteer.
I had the first round of orientation last night in MD Anderson Cancer Center. Around 30 people attended. To my surprise, more than half were cancer patients or/and their families, 20-30% people were retired but only 4-5 young guys (including me) might be interested in applying medical school only one is not Asian).
The orientation was very good, informative and educative. Actually, I
learned a lot and I changed my opinions about the volunteer service. MDACC has many very interesting volunteer positions including entertainment,clinic assistant, patient education, pediatrics and floor host, etc. Floor host is very challenging but useful to improve communication skills, because you will “host” all inpatients and their families in a certain floor!
Next step will be individual interview and discussion about the details of different volunteer positions. After that, there will be 2nd round orientation and further training by the volunteers who is in this position, until you are ready to go.
Another extraordinary thing is that MDACC provides free cancer screening to the volunteers who have been served longer than 6 months, I guess this might be the reason that lots of old people volunteer in MDACC.
Looking forward to it!
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发信人: babysteps (A goal is a dream with a deadline), 信区: Pre_med
标 题: Re: Volunteer Orientation.
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jan 20 13:37:44 2011, 美东)
Very good post! Thanks!
I had similar experience in my volunteer orientation for a hospice
program. Volunteers had very different background. Very few people were
premeds. A lot of them were retired. For some of them, their spouses had been through the hospice program and now they would like to give their time back. Two guys wanted to run small business for nursing homes or hospice care, and were volunteering to gain experiences. A couple high-school students were volunteering as well.
It doesn't matter to what you don't cling.
Therefore, you don't need to wait for some special experience not to cling to.
You might as well not cling now.
To whatever is arising.
-- Joseph Goldstein
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发信人: dojo (麦地里的豆角-MS0), 信区: Pre_med
标 题: Re: Volunteer Orientation.
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu Jan 20 15:57:21 2011, 美东)
I'm glad you went to the famous MD Anderson. Your observation is correct and
representative, Americans have a very high level of volunteerism not driven
by self-benefits. I don't think the old volunteers are attracted by cancer
screening either, as most of them have Medicare coverage. They just want to
help people, plain and simple. At a deeper level, it may be motivated by the
Christian teaching that 10% of your time shall be donated to community
service (similar to 10% of your income to the church); many American
Christians volunteer at least 4 hours per week. All in all, I am glad you
realize that clinical volunteering is not catered for pre-meds, but is a
tradition that many American lay people have contributed for many years. So
you can see why it's particularly annoying to nurses and patients when a pre
-med sees volunteering as a means for application, and kisses the ass of
doctors rather than focuses on the patients.
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