It is wise to explore the professions systematically, first through shadowing a professional(s), then by volunteering in an appropriate health care setting. A few hours a week as a volunteer may lead to a formal internship or employment.
Whatever your profession of interest, it is wise to develop a knowledge of the profession through continuing and increasing involvement. A collection of brief, one-time exposures do not provide the kind of insights that will help you assess your suitability for the profession. Nor will they provide much evidence to professional schools that you have a working knowledge of the profession.
The Office of Career Services (x 1530) in Slavin 111 offers Winter Session Shadowing Information Sessions.
Campus Ministries- Hospital Outreach Program
For those of you looking for volunteer health related experience, Providence College Campus Ministries Hospital Outreach program is an excellent opportunity to work with other students in nearby hospitals.
What Can I Do?
The Rhode Island Hospital: The only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region and may be a good option for premedical students to volunteer as Family liaisons, Dietary services, Emergency room, Gift shop, As nurse aides, Office support, Recovery rooms, Pet therapy, Patient representatives, Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, Radiology, Stock and supplies
Hasbro Childrens’ Hospital: Pediatric playrooms, Emergency department, Recovery room, Outpatient clinics, Reading programs, Tours, Information services, Office support, Intensive care unit, Elementary classrooms, Psychology Department, Oncology
The Miriam Hospital has a patient relations program and transport volunteer positions which may be optimal for, however not limited to, premed students to volunteer in Clerical support: office/data entry, Central transport, Family support liaison desks, Greeter, Maintenance, Food and nutrition, Patient Relations Volunteer, Pharmacy, Physical therapy, Radiology.
Shuttle & Bus Service: The program offers shuttle service to Rhode Island Hospital. RI Hospital, Women and Infants and Hasbro Childrens Hospitals are all within walking distance of one another. RIPTA bus #55 is available to transport students from the Huxley Gate to Kennedy Plaza, and from there, RIPTA bus #1 will take you to RI Hospital.
Contact Information: To participate in the Hospital Outreach, contact the Chaplain’s Office at x2216. They will provide you with the necessary contact information for the hospital volunteer coordinators, and will be able to answer your questions.
Hospital Outreach Participant Checklist
Hasbro Childrens, Rhode Island and Miriam are all Lifespan Hospitals and require the same application. To become a volunteer, you need to take the initiative to attend an orientation session, schedule and interview, complete the application process, and attend the required training and shadowing sessions. The hospitals are interested in committed students, so be prepared to make the effort. You will find that your efforts will be rewarded with a worthwhile volunteer experience. Below is a checklist to help you organize the process.
You can also contact the volunteer coordinators of other Providence area hospitals independently (download this PDF).