As you prepare for a career in medicine, it is important to gain some experience working directly with patients in a clinical setting. This is extremely beneficial for your own professional development, so that you know for sure that you will enjoy working as doctor. Moreover, when medical schools review applications, they will look for indications that you are truly enthusiastic about medicine and have sought out opportunities to learn more about the field. Most volunteer positions require only a minimal time commitment - as little as 3 hours a week - so it should be possible for you to get involved while juggling a difficult academic course load.
Below are links to several organizations and clinics near West Philadelphia and Center City Philadelphia. This is not an exhaustive list of health-related volunteer opportunities. is the center for student-led community service on campus and maintains a great deal of information on and community agencies. Also, you might use a search engine like volunteermatch.com. As you explore these and other clinical volunteering opportunities, look for positions that will allow you to interact directly with patients.
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