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    Where should I volunteer at?

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    Try GI lab, OR, ER, Cath lab, or ICU. OR and Cath lab may not accept volunteers because of liability and sterility issue. Avoid floors such as med/surg, neuro, cardio, ortho, etc. because often you get stuck getting water or making charts. The above departments allow you to see "cool" procedures. You still may get stuck doing the same thing. I think your motivation and eagerness to learn dictates your learning experience and opens your door to more opportunities. Good luck

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    How much time do you have before you apply? If you have awhile, how about becoming an EMT? I did that in undergrad before med school. You get to see and do a lot!


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    Quote Originally Posted by dr606 View Post
    I don't know where i should volunteer at. I don't just want to run some errands and clean up things for others. I want something more than that. Where have you guys volunteered at? Which departments?

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    I joined the Medical Reserve Corps. I took a few free online courses and go to quarterly meetings and drills. Of course, until the crap hits the fan not much to do but certainly a good program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr606 View Post
    I don't know where i should volunteer at. I don't just want to run some errands and clean up things for others. I want something more than that. Where have you guys volunteered at? Which departments?

    Thanks everyone!
    we had a family friend surgeon who owns a surgery center and I got to watch all his surgeries and also surgeries of other surgeons (cardio,ortho,ob-gyn) that did procedures in his center.

    also try volunteering at some health related societies like leukeima and lymphoma society...

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    you dont have to get your EMT to volunteer on an ambulance, you can be an observer. I think ER and Ambulances are most appreciative of volunteers.

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    I suggested getting the EMT if the OP had time simple because s/he sounded as if they wanted to do more. You're right, you can just observe on an ambulance but if you want hands on experience, getting the EMT cert is the way to go, IF time allows of course!


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    Quote Originally Posted by islandthrift View Post
    I suggested getting the EMT if the OP had time simple because s/he sounded as if they wanted to do more. You're right, you can just observe on an ambulance but if you want hands on experience, getting the EMT cert is the way to go, IF time allows of course!
    yes but you can get plenty of hands on experience as an observer, the only real difference is your not making the decisions, but your still helping set up non rebreathers, cpr, aed, backboard and collar, head stabilization, etc etc etc. that is why i say this. i have had 8 yrs in EMS, 1 as obersver/dispatcher, 7 as an EMT and 2 as a Paramedic.

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    Nice! I became an EMT in 2003 and then an EMT-cc (only recognized in NY...similar to paramedics but they get to make fun of us )


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