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How much did you volunteer?
I definitely have a good amount of volunteering, but probably could've done more. Most of my volunteering was in the form of tutoring or hospital desk person.

Rita Arons at Creighton University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2019.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Developmental Biology degree. Answer posted 11/20/2014
I tutored elementary school children for two semesters. I also volunteered at the blood and tissue center for about a year.

Jennifer Hsu at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2018.
Pre-med: University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. Management Info Systems degree. Answer posted 3/29/2014
Probably a dozen small events at school as well as unpaid internships for two summers at hospitals.

Jacob Aurens at Stanford University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2016.
Pre-med: Princeton University, B.A. Philosophy degree. Answer posted 9/3/2013
Volunteer medic at school. Most of my other volunteer work were done through the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M within the community.

Chris Cruz at University of Texas Medical School at Houston (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Texas A&M University, Biomedical Science degree. Answer posted 5/20/2006
I volunteered at the local hospital and with the OUCOM community health services. I also am a member of a service fraternity so I probably have between 2-6 hours a week volunteering.

Jessica Smith at Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) (DO), class of 2013.
Pre-med: Ohio University, Pre-Proffesional Biology degree. Answer posted 1/16/2009
I have a lot of volunteering experiences in underserved communities. I started early freshman year and got involved with a non-profit company which renovates homes for underserved communities. I volunteered in the ER at hospital located in an underserved community in D.C for a couple years. I was a language translator for a non-english speaking students, and a lot of other little things to help the less fortunate.

Iggy at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: University of Maryland- College Park, Biology and American Studies degree. Answer posted 1/4/2009
I didn't do any volunteer work, I didn't have time. I had school, work, and my daughter.

James Tolbert at Harvard Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Harvard University, B.S. Chemistry & Biology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2008
Plenty of volunteer. Food service to homeless, etc etc. Got it in.

Yusuf Ali at University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Morgan State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 6/13/2008
I volunteered as often as I could, but volunteer work came after classes and work. I did whatever I could through my college and it worked for me. I'm too far removed to even guess how many hours a year.

Lynn at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cedar Crest, Genetic Engineering degree. Answer posted 6/19/2006
None. I think it was sufficient to show that my time was well occupied. The question never came up, but if it did I would have said paying rent and buying food trumped volunteering.

Erik A. at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, B.S. Computer Science degree. Answer posted 8/17/2006
methodist hospital in houston's med center.

Sarah Tran at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Houston Baptist University, BS degree. Answer posted 1/23/2008
no volinteer hours still in university going to school.

STEPHEN BROSNAHAN at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: Communication, Pschycology degree. Answer posted 9/29/2007
Volunteering because you care (as opposed to doing it because you want to go to med school)is the definative factor of whether you'll be happy as a physician. I say this because a career as a physician is a lot like volunteering (despite the whole myth that Docs are rich). The fact is physician's spend a lot more time inside and outside of the clinic than they are compensated for. I'm not saying you'll be poor, I'm just aquainting you to the fact that medicine is a time demanding profession. Your time expenditure need be motivated by caring passionately about the welfare of your patients with less regard toward financial compensation. This is why medical school's look heavily upon the amount of time you've volunteered. I volunteered for 5 years at about 3hrs/week for the Cancer Wellness House. When considering where to volunteer, find a cause that you care passionately about and stay there. Med schools look much more favorably upon a long-term commitment to a cause/organization rather than some scattered jestures of altruism.

Maria Reyes at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: university of utah & westminster college (2nd BS), psychology & biology degree. Answer posted 5/10/2007
I volunteered with the Samaritaan Inn (an overnight homeless shelter) and at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

George Dunham at St George's University School of Medicine (Caribbean), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Wake Forest University, Biology degree. Answer posted 5/2/2007
I have been constantly volunteering, not so much because it is expected but it is the reason behind all I am doing. I really enjoy working with youth, so that is what I have centered my volunteer work around. I have been a representative for a college at my university and travelled to high schools to teach kids about health careers. For 4 years, I have also been involved with Northern Utah Area Health Education center. During the year, I also visit high schools for them, mostly to do dissections with kids. During the summer, we have summer camps to introduce (mostly disadvantaged) kids to health careers and give them some practical experiences. My advice on volunteering is to find something you enjoy so it is not work so much as using something you like to benefit others.

Zack Gangwer at Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program (AZPod) at Midwestern University (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Weber State University, Microbiology/Clinical Laboratory Science degree. Answer posted 12/29/2006
I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity many times at my college which was building a house.

Brian Dix at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: South Dakota State University, BS Biology degree. Answer posted 12/20/2006
I volunteered for the American Cancer Society, where I was able to sit on the board in my rural community and help construct dafidil days and relay for life. Also, I volunteered for honor societies at Minnesota State University.

Luke Madsen at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (Podiatry), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Minnesota State University, B.S. Human Biology degree. Answer posted 6/28/2006
I volunteered over 1000 hours in a hospital during my teenage years. In high school and college, I tutored elementary school students and GED candidates. I've been a CPR/First Aid instructor for the Red Cross for several years as well.

Sarah Levin at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Wesleyan University, Neuroscience & Behavior degree. Answer posted 11/26/2006
as an EMT like 4 hours a week on average

Paul Nielsen at New York Medical College (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cornell, Human Biology, Health, and Society degree. Answer posted 10/11/2006
Averaged about 4 hours per week for one semester. Dubuque, Ia Podiatry

Doug Christensen at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Loras, BA Secondary Education degree. Answer posted 10/10/2006
EMT-Basic. 3 years volunteering with Emergency Medical Services.

Nisha S at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (), class of .
Pre-med: Answer posted 9/23/2006
none

Ehren Dueweke at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Kalamazoo College, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 8/21/2006
I volunteered in the emergency room at a nearby Hospital every week during the summer for a few hours.

Brian Wolf at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Miami 07, B.A Psychology degree. Answer posted 7/8/2006
Other than volunteer service for my church, the majority of my volunteering time went to a health care clinic on the Arizona/Mexico border that catered to special needs children from Mexico. I translated for pediatricians and helped out where I could. The clinic was run one day a month. I volunteered for almost a year before we moved.

Bill Holmes at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Molecular & Cellular Bio/Anthropology degree. Answer posted 1/6/2006
I was extremely involved in a community service organization called Circle K (related to Key Club and Kiwanis). I volunteered about 250 hours with Circle K at a soup kitchen, elementary/middle schools, a nursing home, an emergency shelter, and various other events. I volunteered about 20 hours in the emergency room of a hospital.

Dana Marie Smith at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Ithaca College, B.A. Biology degree. Answer posted 6/24/2006
I coordinated the Red Cross blood drives at my college along with two other students. I volunteered for muscular dystrophy summer camps as a counselor.

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Andrew Doan at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Reed College, B.A. in Biology degree. Answer posted 6/11/2006
For volunteer work I volunteered at a local hospital in the cardiopulmonary department for a year. For one semester I helped with the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program. This involved mostly talking with the patients in the program and taking their blood pressures. The second semester I did more inpatient stuff, doing some filing and helping the respiratory therapists with their rounds. Total this involved about two hours a week for the school year.

Scott Larson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2005
I have not been a volunteer.

Mindy Williams at Morehouse School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of South Alabama, BSN degree. Answer posted 5/31/2006
I played sports in college so I didn't have a lot of time to volunteer. I did work in a soup kitchen, and helped build a house for habitat for humanity.

Robert Greenhagen at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Briar Cliff University, B.S. in Biology degree. Answer posted 5/30/2006
i volunteered a lot, mostly for the boys and girls club. i also had my fair share of missions trips and recruitment fairs.

emily at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Mississippi, B.S. Chemical Engineering degree. Answer posted 3/20/2006
- peds clinic - breast cancer clinic - charity work etc etc etc.....

Dina R at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School (MD), class of 2008.
Pre-med: University of Toronto, Hon BSc degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
I volunteered whenever I could in hospitals. I speak spanish fluently so that gave me an inside edge. Then, I would use my secret weapon to watch the docs, talk to thier head nurse, make friends, he'll get you in.

Casey Lythgoe at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: B.Y.U.-Hawaii, Biochemistry degree. Answer posted 10/25/2005
I spent two years in Germany as a missionary for my church and each week I was involved in various service projects within the community. Throughout college I volunteered a few hours a week at a pediatric rehabilitation center. I also briefly volunteered in the sterilization unit of a hospital.

Jeff Hanson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
I had been active in volunteering throughout college thought various campus groups I was in. I spent three of my Spring Breaks on service projects, two of which were with Habitat for Humanity. I really did not do any medically related volunteering.

Jeffrey Anderson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Bethel University, Biblical and Theological Studies degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
I volunteered in a local emergency room during my year off of school. I would go in for just a few hours at a time about once a week totaling to about 100 hours. Most of the work I did was not very attractive but it did give me many opportunities to speak with docs about how I should go about applying, what they liked about medicine, etc.

Gregory Thom at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of CA, San Diego, BS; Management Science degree. Answer posted 2/8/2006
I volunteered at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for almost two years before I started school. I worked on the pediatric oncology unit for a year, security for 6 months, and Pediatric E.R. for 6 months.

Matt Tallar at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: UW-Milwaukee, Microbiology/Biotechnology degree. Answer posted 2/7/2006
I volunteered with my hometown EMS service mostly during the summer, but occasionally during the school year on weekends or during other vacations.

Marc Biedermann at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, BS Human Biology Health Sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2006
I volunteered in the Emergency Department at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Salt Lake City between four and six hours a week over the course of my sophomore year of college.

John Gannon at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: UCLA/ University of Utah, biological chemistry degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
Look under Shadowing experience

Jonathan Taylor at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Tennessee Temple University, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/2/2006
I didn't really do any volunteering during the year prior to applying, because my school and work schedule didn't allow me a lot of extra time. Before going back to school, I volunteered for my local fire department (a couple of hours a week) and my local EMS squad (on call 40+ hours a week). I also volunteered with my local Friends of the Library.

Amy Raubenolt at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Bowling Green State University, Spanish degree. Answer posted 1/13/2006
I volunteered between 3 and 6 hours per week my senior year at the local hospital. My duties ranged from escorting patients to various locations in the hospital to delivering medical records to their respective departments.

Joe Behn at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/4/2006
I really didn't do a whole lot of volunteer work except through some Christian organizations at my undergraduate college.

Adam Mehring at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Grove City College, Molecular Biology degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
I find volunteer work great for the philanthropist, but the goal here is Physician, not Mother Theresa. Do it if you enjoy it and it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Do NOT do it to pad the resume. Your time is better spent shadowing doctors.

J Chang at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2007.
Pre-med: BYU, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 7/28/2005
Quite a bit everywhere I could. Medical and Non-medicaly related. I didn't feel as though it was a chore, but more an extension of what I wanted to eventually do.

Aaron Beck at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Concordia University Wisconsin, General Biology degree. Answer posted 1/3/2006
I volunteered at a local emergency room for approximately 4-5 months an average of 4 hours a week. I thought that my time spent volunteering was below average for pre-meds, but the necessity of my working in a paid job for many hours and my ability to extract meaningful lessons from my volunteer experience made up for it.

Jesse Stringer at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/31/2005
I volunteered various places. I spent 4 hrs/week in the Duke Cancer Clinic just talking with patients (nothing clinical really) and also taught basic first-aid principles to first graders at an inner-city grade school.

Kim Bentley at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Duke, Biomedical Engineering degree. Answer posted 10/31/2005
I volunteered at the Pocatello Free Clinic for about 45 hours total. At the clinic, I was able to screen patients, take patient histories, take blood pressure and other miscellaneous duties. It was fun and great to interact with both patients and physicians while being involved myself. I volunteered at the soup kitchen a couple of time and at a few other miscellaneous events. Also, I spent several years in my church teaching and working with youth and other volunteer work. Additionally, I coached my 2 boys in soccer for a season.

Christian Becker at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Zoology degree. Answer posted 7/26/2005




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