Clinical Volunteering for Medical School

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. 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 As you explore these and other clinical volunteering opportunities, look for positions that will allow you to interact directly with patients.

Other Clinical Opportunities


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Pennsylvania Hospital

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Cooper University Hospital

Other Clinical Opportunities


Alzheimer's Association, Delaware Valley Chapter

American Red Cross of Southeast Pennsylvania

Camp Kesem

Camp Promise

Children's Crisis Treatment Center

CUT Hypertension

Esperanza Health Center

Focus First

HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy


Maternity Care Coalition

Mazzoni Center (LGBT Health Center)

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Prevention Point Philadelphia

Puentes de Salud

Service Link

Wissahickon Hospice

United Community Clinic (UCC)

University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC)