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Old 04-02-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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How old a student has to be to do volunteer ship in a hospital or shadowing a doctor in a Hospital? Are those easy to get or difficult?
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:59 PM
 
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I don't know much about it but my neighbor's daughter was turned down as she is not 14 yet though she is the most mature and intellectual sort of 13 year old I've ever met.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:48 PM
 
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Cook Children's - Junior Volunteers

It's too late for this year, but perhaps next year...
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:23 PM
 
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I called two hospitals but you are right that its application deadline has passed. For next year, is it easy to get in? Other parents at school told me that too many students apply and every hospital has only few positions?
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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I called two hospitals but you are right that its application deadline has passed. For next year, is it easy to get in? Other parents at school told me that too many students apply and every hospital has only few positions?
Hospital student volunteer positions are very competitive. IIRC the minimum age at most hospitals is 16 as well.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:46 PM
 
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Yes, they are very competitive!!!!

My child participated in HOSA in high school. She took "clinicals" for a year. They were at a local Baylor hospital and would rotate departments each day. They were at the hospital every other day throughout the entire school year. She loved the ER as well as the LDR. Not every school has this program. It is restricted in how many can participate, all kinds of regulations, etc as well as their age. She saw way more than any of the volunteer programs that are directly thru the hospitals. I guess because the staff, nurses, doctors know these kids are also getting lessons in the medical field on their days in the classroom, shown an interest in the healthcare professions and joined HOSA.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:05 PM
 
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One way to get some consideration might be to ask your doctor (who probably has privileges at at least one local hospital) if s/he can help you in any way...
but you would probably have to convince him/her that you are worth sticking a neck out to help you...
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:36 AM
 
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It is really tough to find volunteer position in DFW hospitals and shadowing is even tougher. Even for high schoolers, there are so much documentation,deadlines and essays, its like applying for employment in NASA. Try Volunteer match service to find something along the line like hospice.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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Thank you posters!
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:46 AM
 
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It is really tough to find volunteer position in DFW hospitals and shadowing is even tougher. Even for high schoolers, there are so much documentation,deadlines and essays, its like applying for employment in NASA. Try Volunteer match service to find something along the line like hospice.
Our son heads off to medical school next fall so we've been through all of this. For our son shadowing was much easier to arrange than hospital volunteer positions. We simply asked out doc buddies about shadowing and they all said yes. We asked our kid's ped and he said yes. We asked our GP and he said yes. We asked our daughter's ortho (she's had two broken fingers from volleyball) he said yes. The shadowing takes networking and asking. The volunteer ops require resumes and the kid's resume has to be impressive, applications and a little luck as typically a dozen or so kids apply for each spot.
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