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Hi all,

 

I'm planning on applying to the US for medicine, and in my personal statement I'd like to mention that "despite a lack of clinical experiences, as is common in Canada..." I have other volunteer experiences that make up for it. In the US it seems that clinical experiences are almost a requirement to applying for medicine, and I would like to not be eliminated for that reason alone.

 

My question is: Would this be correct to say? That true clinical experiences (i.e. not just volunteering in a hospital gift shop) is rare in Canada?

 

Thanks,

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mental health (sex offenders, murders, geri's developmental disabilities an acute intake), and geri's are doable with close physician contact… just suggestions from my background, if ur creative, who knows

 

Hi all,

 

I'm planning on applying to the US for medicine, and in my personal statement I'd like to mention that "despite a lack of clinical experiences, as is common in Canada..." I have other volunteer experiences that make up for it. In the US it seems that clinical experiences are almost a requirement to applying for medicine, and I would like to not be eliminated for that reason alone.

 

My question is: Would this be correct to say? That true clinical experiences (i.e. not just volunteering in a hospital gift shop) is rare in Canada?

 

Thanks,

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It depends what you mean by "clinical" experience. You can definitely get plenty of health-care related volunteer experience.

 

Just in my region, I found the following opportunities under "health and medical" in a regional volunteer opportunity database (these are posted as of today):

 

HELP (Hospital Elder Life Program) is a new program at St. Joseph's Health Centre Guelph. This program gives volunteers a level of patient contact and responsibility that is unique. Volunteers are specifically trained to provide one-to-one assistance in 4 intervention areas: visiting, feeding assistance, early mobilization and therapeutic activities.

 

Alzheimer's Day Centre Program Volunteer

Together with staff, volunteers will encourage and model a supportive and calming environment where individuals with Alzheimer's Disease or related dementia's can successfully participate in therapeutic programs.

 

Dining Room Volunteer

Under the supervision of the registered nurse and personal support care workers, volunteers will assist in feeding older adults with cognitive impairment due to dementia and associated behaviours. Volunteers will interact with patients, administer meal trays, provide a calming atmosphere for nutrition intake, report intake and any other pertinent observations to staff.

 

Acquired Brain Injury Day Program Volunteer

Volunteers will assist staff in the set up and cleaning up of supplies as needed for programs. Provide supportive instructions and encouragement to participants of the program in order to promote success and completion of tasks/activities.Volunteers will socialize with the participants and initiate appropriate discussions.

 

One2One Volunteer

One2One volunteers are matched with a person with a disability (generally children) who wish to attend a recreation activity at a local facility (eg. weekly swimming lesson, march break camp, skating class, aquafit, etc.) and require assistance to do so. Volunteers attend each lesson and provide the extra assistance required to fully participate.

 

Emergency Department Volunteer

The primary function of the Emergency Department Volunteer is to support patients, families and their friends during their time in the Emergency Department. Duties will include answering questions; directing patients to the triage area; handing out non-medical forms to patients/visitors; informing patients / families / friends of extended waiting times; escorting family member to and from patient area during tests and informing them of progress; sitting with patients or family members who may be alone; liaising with nurses on a patient's non-medical progress.

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Thanks NutritionRunner.

 

The opportunities you list are certainly more clinical than I expected. I'm in Vancouver, and from what I have seen (I looked at BC Children's Hospital and Vancouver General), the opportunities for similar volunteering was limited and generally much more detached from actual patient interaction. On the other hand, perhaps I haven't looked at the right places to find something more relevant.

 

In part, I'm trying to account for what I know will be a negative aspect of my application. But, on one hand, having been doing a PhD has also limited my time to participate in such opportunities.

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Thanks NutritionRunner.

 

The opportunities you list are certainly more clinical than I expected. I'm in Vancouver, and from what I have seen (I looked at BC Children's Hospital and Vancouver General), the opportunities for similar volunteering was limited and generally much more detached from actual patient interaction. On the other hand, perhaps I haven't looked at the right places to find something more relevant.

 

In part, I'm trying to account for what I know will be a negative aspect of my application. But, on one hand, having been doing a PhD has also limited my time to participate in such opportunities.

 

BCCH Child Life volunteering certainly has lots of opportunity for patient interaction. You're not there in a medical capacity per se, but you interact with the patients on your own (usually you give the parent a break, or perhaps the parent can't be there during work hours) in their rooms or in the playroom/lounges. It's a great way to familiarize yourself with patient interaction, learn to accommodate different patient's needs, and to simply work in a health care setting.

 

As you become more experienced there are more opportunities as well - as I became more known on the ward nurses and doctors would allow me to sit in, or I'd stick around while the physiotherapists did their magic, etc. It's very much focused on direct patient interaction though!

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