Who to Contact
- Mr. Thomas Coyne
- Pre-Health Advisor
Local Premed Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer experience in a healthcare setting with patient contact is an absolute requirement for anyone applying to medical school. In addition, the University Health Professions Committee will not recommend any student who has little or no experience in this area. Volunteering will also help you decide if medicine is the right career for you. Review each of the listed hospitals and see which programs are of interest. There is no set number of hours-the more the better. You can also investigate other hospitals in the region or near your home. A commitment made to one institution for a one or two years is more impressive than a few hours at several hospitals. The name or size of the hospital has no bearing on the medical school admissions process. The best strategy is to apply to several hospitals and see which one accepts you first and/or meets your schedule requirements.
- VA Medical Center, Philadelphia
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Pennsylvania Hospital (8th&Spruce)
- Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
This program combines research and patient contact
- Thomas Jefferson
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
General Service to the Community
In addition to service in a hospital/clinic setting, medical schools also look favorably on any volunteer activity that serves the general community (tutoring, homeless shelters, food banks, etc.). An excellent source of local organizations can be found in the Office of Civic Engagement.