11 Jul WHY YOU SHOULD VOLUNTEER AS A PRE-MED STUDENT
The path to medical school is long and arduous. The medical school admission process is hyper-competitive. Most medical schools are looking for candidates who not only excel academically but who also participate in co-curricular activities, do volunteer work, and have varied experiences. An applicant’s volunteer work shows medical school admission committees a student’s willingness to serve others.
Volunteering is the perfect way to do something you love, learn new skills, feel a sense of accomplishment, and boost your medical school application.
But volunteering goes beyond making a strong case in front of the admission committee of a medical school. There are many other reasons why prospective medical students should volunteer. Here a just a few:
Build Your Leadership Skills
Volunteering in hospitals and nursing homes are great places to get an idea of what doctors do and how to interact compassionately with patients and their loved ones. You will have the opportunity to take initiative and deal with the challenges that will help you develop strong leadership skills that will eventually help you succeed in the medical field and in life.
Prepares You for the Challenges Ahead
Medical school can be really challenging. Doing volunteer work in a healthcare setting demonstrates that you are ready to pursue a career in medicine before committing to medical school. Your volunteer experience shows a sincere interest in medicine.
Make an Impact in Your Community
Volunteering allows you the opportunity to make a real impact on a local level. Students who volunteer get the chance to help others, whether they are underprivileged members of your community or people from different cultures and diverse backgrounds. The satisfaction that comes from dedicating time and effort to making someone else’s life better is unmatched.
Volunteering your time shows you have the dedication and integrity to take on additional responsibilities. The willingness to help people when you are not being paid reflects positively on you and gives you a deep sense of satisfaction.
Build Effective Communication Skills
Volunteering in healthcare settings will help students learn how to interact with people and most importantly, understand their role. These interactions teach you how to work with and communicate with different types of people and help you develop strong communication skills and learn the bedside manners necessary for a professional doctor.
The skills and empathy you will learn while volunteering will not only make you a better doctor in the future, it will change your life.
As an aspiring pediatrician, Mariela gained valuable insight from her time volunteering with StudentsCare.“I now know firsthand just how much joy and relief we can give to patients and their family members.’ What we do is so simple, but it has such a meaningful and far-reaching impact,” “We get to offer parents the opportunity to take a break, have someone to talk to, and see their kids have fun.”
Bringing joy and improving the hospital experience for children and their families is what StudentsCare is all about. Mariela gained invaluable knowledge and skills during her time with StudentsCare, and she hopes to use this in her professional endeavors. She says, “I hope for more wonderful memories and experiences that will only make me a better doctor.”
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities for a premed student, please click on the link below to look for a chapter of StudentsCare at your university.