Clinical Volunteering

As you prepare for a career in the health professions, it is important to gain some experience working 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. This is not an exhaustive list of health-related volunteer opportunities. Civic House is the center for student-led community service on campus and maintains a great deal of information on student groups and community agencies. Also, you might use a search engine like

Other Clinical Opportunities
Other Health-Related Opportunities


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Pennsylvania Hospital

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Cooper University Hospital

Other Clinical Opportunities


American Red Cross of Southeast Pennsylvania

Children's Crisis Treatment Center

Esperanza Health Center

Focus First


Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) Center

Magee Rehabilitation

Mazzoni Center (LGBT Health Center)

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Puentes de Salud

Unite for Sight

Wissahickon Hospice

United Community Clinic (UCC)

Other Health-Related Opportunities

Active Minds

Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter

HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)

Maternity Care Coalition

Penn AIDS Awareness

Penn Drug & Alcohol Resource Team (DART)

Philadelphia FIGHT

Ronald McDonald House

The Wellness Community