What is the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Pre-Health Volunteer Program?
The Pre-Health Volunteer Program is geared specifically for students interested in pursuing medical careers. Volunteers are provided with clinical opportunities, patient interaction, and exposure to a hospital setting. In addition to providing wayfinding services for patients and visitors, volunteers receive opportunities to work in clinical settings and interact with patients. Please note: New Pre-Health summer volunteers are only able to Wayfind. Returning or current volunteers will be able to sign up for clinical shifts.
Wayfinding responsibilities: Wayfinders work with all departments, especially Guest Services and Patient Access, identifying individuals in need of navigation assistance. Wayfinders give verbal instructions, walk visitors to their destination, and provide wheelchair assistance.
Clinical responsibilities: All new Pre-Health volunteers, after completing 60 hrs of Wayfinding, are assigned to the Department of Surgery. Some of their duties include answering phones, paging staff and patients, restocking supplies, assisting nurses, interacting with patients and family members, and accurately conveying any question and concerns to staff. Experienced Pre-Health volunteers also have the opportunity to work in Diagnostic Imaging, Pharmacy, Emergency Room, Dentistry, and Pulmonary hospital units.
Can you provide me with more information regarding what to expect during the in-person application? How long will it take?
Aside from filling out paper work and signing up for a shift, volunteers will be given an orientation package that includes: Wayfinding material, a self-guided tour, and a wayfinding test. It is mandatory that volunteers, in addition to completing the health screening, complete the self guided tour and test, shadow a Wayfinder for 4 hrs, and bring the completed test with them to their first shift. The self guided tour and test will take approximately 2 hours.
I am interested in becoming a Pre-Health volunteer. When and where can I sign up?
The Pre-Health program accepts new volunteers twice a year, during the summer and fall.
Advocate Illinois Masonic Pre-Health volunteer program will begin accepting in-person applications for the summer Pre-Health session (June 1st through Sep 9th) from 9:00am - 3:00pm from Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 24th. In order to participate in the summer program, applicants must sign up in person (with the exemption of siblings who can sign up for one another) and attend a mandatory orientation on either Saturday, June 1st from 1:00pm - 4:30pm or Monday, June 3rd from 9:00am - 12:00pm. Please note there are a limited number of available timeslots, and they are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Registration for the summer pre-health program is closed. Please do not come to the hospital to sign up - as all slots have been filled, including slots on the waiting list. Please continue to check this website for additional information.
When can I sign up for the Pre-Health summer 2013 Summer program?
Pre-health Summer Sign Up Dates
Date: May 6th-24th or until the program is closed.
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Mandatory Orientation (applicants attend one or the other- not both.)
Saturday, June 1st 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Monday, June 3rd from 9:00am - 12:00pm
If I miss the “in person application” dates or mandatory orientation, will I have to wait unit the next session?
Yes, you cannot schedule a make-up appointment and will have to wait unit the next session.
Is there are a dress code for the in-person application?
Yes, hospital dress code requires that all volunteers and volunteer applicants wear slacks (not jeans) and a collared shirt .Please dress appropriately each time you come to the hospital, including your application day, as you will be touring the hospital on a self guided tour.
Do I need to bring anything with me to the in person application?
Yes you need to bring your:
- State-issued ID
- Personal calendar: Please note, we take volunteers based on shift availability. Once all slots are full we will no longer be taking volunteers.
- Personal lock (optional but recommended)??
If I miss the “In person application date” but still want to volunteer should I drop by the office and talk with someone?
No please refer to the website to learn about the next “in person application” date.
Once I sign up for a shift and attend the orientation, do I get put on a waiting list?
No. You can begin volunteering immediately.
What is the time commitment for the Pre-Health program?f
We ask pre-health volunteers, who start in the fall to make a 120-hour commitment over the academic school year (September- May). We ask pre-health summer volunteers to make a weekly 4 hour commitment from June 1st through mid to late August. Needless to say, exceptions are made for summer vacations and students returning to school.
Will the volunteer program provide me with a letter of recommendation?
Once you have accumulated 100 hours, we can provide a letter of recommendation. The letter will reflect the quality of the work you do.