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.
Wayfinding responsibilities: Wayfinders work with all departments, especially Guest Services and Patient Access, to identify individuals in need of navigation assistance. Wayfinders give verbal instructions, walk visitors to their destinations and provide wheelchair assistance.
Clinical responsibilities: After completing 60 hours of Wayfinding, all Pre-Health volunteers are assigned to the Department of Surgery. Some duties include answering phones, paging staff and patients, restocking supplies, assisting nurses, interacting with patients and family members and accurately relaying patient questions and concerns to staff. Experienced Pre-Health volunteers also have the opportunity to work in Diagnostic Imaging, Pharmacy, the Emergency Department, Dentistry, Pulmonary and other hospital units.
Can you provide me with more information regarding the self-guided test and tour?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, email email@example.com to request the Fall Volunteer Pre-Orientation Guide, which includes information about the self-guided tour and Wayfinding Competency Exam that are required for all new volunteers. The Pre-Health Volunteer Program is geared toward individuals who posses critical thinking abilities and are able to work both independently and as part of a group, so we look for volunteers who can navigate their way around the campus and complete a test that relies on an understanding of hospital policy and decision-making.
You are required to come to the hospital between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to conduct the self-guided tour any time before the end of open enrollment on Sunday, September 29, 2013. The guide also includes a link to the Wayfinding Competency Exam, a mandatory online test that all new Pre-Health volunteers must complete. You are strongly encouraged to take this exam on-site using our free public Wi-Fi or at the desktop computers located in the hospital cafeterias. Together, the tour and the test should take a total of two to three hours to complete.
Am I able to join the program if I miss the open enrollment period?
No, the program only accepts volunteers during open enrollment.
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 mandatory orientation?
Yes! You need to bring your:
- State-issued ID
- Personal calendar
- Personal lock (optional but recommended)
If I miss the open enrollment period but still want to volunteer, should I drop by the office and talk with someone?
No. Instead, please refer to the website to learn about the next open enrolment period.
What is the time commitment for the Pre-Health program?
We ask Pre-Health volunteers who start in the fall to make a 120-hour commitment over the academic school year (September through May). Of course, 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 volunteered for a total of 100 hours, we can provide a letter of recommendation. The letter will reflect the quality of the work you do.